The author in her introduction has clearly mentioned that it is the grey areas of mythology that interest her and this is one tale that has been obscured in confusion through the ages. She does not claim to unravel its mystery, rather she gives her take on it.
Her description of King Sambara is beautifully penned, leaving you with a slightly sick feeling in the pit of your stomach at how loathsome he is. She has also managed to catch the essence of Sage Narada when she says, “being a friend of Narada is equivalent to being an enemy of Narada” and his tremendous capacity to cause confusion.
It is indeed a short story and keeps you wanting more.
Honestly, I found it difficult to write a review for this book, because it was at the same time both interesting and irritating.
I found it interesting because of all the titbits of fascinating information about the gods and their lives and their scheming that are little known. The author has obviously done a lot of research and there were times where I, a diehard fan of Indian mythology, went, “Oh! Is it? That is something I didn’t know!”
It was irritating because it brings home the fact that nothing has changed through the ages. The gods are as fallible as men. They go about granting boons to anyone who strokes their ego with devotion, without any thought of what chaos and destruction the boon is going to bring about.
Then and now, it seems, physical beauty is more important in the choice of a mate. You have Ganesha with all his qualities, wisdom and powers wooing Riddhi, yet she prefers him as Sumukha . She cannot or does not want to accept him in his half human, half elephant form.
Siddhi, in a past life immolates herself because the one she falls in love with does not return her love and she feels slighted. Does a woman only have a reason to live if someone loves her back?
I feel so terribly sorry for Mandodari. She has been created exclusively to cater to Ravan’s lust and to deflect his thoughts from Parvati. Her entire life is given up to pleasing him and enduring all his philandering in the hope that one day he will belong only to her. We all know how that ended.
The author however does have a great narrative style and her language is impeccable. As you read, the scenes unfold before you and I swear I could almost hear Ganesha sulk when things did not go his way.
So though I prefer her “Pradyumna: Son of Krishna” and “The Secret of God’s son” to Prem Purana, I am rather glad I decided to read this one.
Avni is such a girl. When the man she loves and cares for wholeheartedly, throws her a curve ball, she chooses to walk away. What comes next for Avni?
I would rate this book a four and a half stars. It has been a long time since I have read a book that was both entertaining and thought provoking at the same time.
The book takes a look at the fairy tales from a refreshingly new perspective. By the time I got to the third story, I started trying to guess what spin the author would put on the next story. He has really put in a lot of thought into writing the book and I think every parent should read this book themselves, before reading out fairy tales to their kids. It might make you rethink what you are really teaching your kids through the age old tales.
He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.
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I became a fan of Sunanda Chatterjee when I read her book “Fighting for Tara”, which is a super awesome book. So it was but natural for me to wonder how “Sins of the Father” would compare. And though “Fighting for Tara” will always remain one of my favourite books, this one did not disappoint.
None of her books are just romance. And this one with its suspense and psychological tinge makes for a very interesting read.
Society can be very unforgiving and often children are made to pay for the sins of their parents. But isn’t it also true that the children themselves feel the need to pay for their parents crimes? What happens when as a young child you are exposed to the fact that your father is not the hero you think he is? How do you react when his actions have caused you tremendous pain? A lot of times the children feel that in some way it is their fault as well. They carry the burden of what their parents did for a long time indeed.
Sunanda brings this out beautifully in the way the characters interact with each other in the book. I firmly believe that no book is based on just one person. Every good story is a blend of all the characters, the main ones and the supporting ones. Sunanda has managed to weave in all her characters into the fabric of her story and that is what makes it such a delight to read.
“Sins of the Father” is the first book in the Wellington Estates series. I am really impatient to read the next in the series, “Old money”
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