Price: Rs. 295/- (I got the book for review from the publisher)
Behind the Book
Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and Bengali, a real achievement for one so young. Her epic fantasies called Yama’s Lieutenant and its sequel has received an overwhelming response.
Her newest books are on Kartikeya, Padmavati and Prithviraj Chauhan.
An accomplished orator, she regularly conducts workshops on Creative Writing, Story Telling and Mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. Her motivational speeches have also been well received. According to Chandramouli, her work with youngsters in the rural belt helping them improve their Spoken English and Writing skills has been wonderfully satisfying and enriching.
This happily married, mother of two little girls, lives in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She is a student of classical dance and Yoga.
In her inimitable style, author Anuja this time tells us the story of Ganga through her latest book. Having grown up hearing various stories of Ganga and how one dip in the Ganges can cleanse your mind, body and soul – this book was an interesting read. The best thing about the author has to be her impeccable language that she uses to narrate her stories with. She does not overload the reader with too much information making it a slow process to read and enjoy the book. On the contrary she presents every aspect of the central character so beautifully, including their love stories that it makes for a heartwarming read where you thoroughly enjoy turning one page after another.
She is one author whose books can be read across age groups, loved and devoured feverishly. The other thing I like about her books are the characters. Mythological retellings always carry a risk of being repetitive or the story sounding redundant with not too much new information to be added to it. However, author Anuja carries off this genre with elan and grace. She is a master at it now, having mastered the trick of bringing characters alive in her books. She manages to bring forth certain unknown aspects about her characters which make them endearing and relatable for a reader. She leaves the reader thinking with her words.
What a way to end the year with such a wonderful read that I am sure to come back to soon to bask in the magic of its gripping story line and thoroughly enjoyable narration! Overall, a brilliant read and strongly recommended. She is one author I cannot stop recommending enough.