Saturday, January 12, 2019

Mythological Fiction - Ganga The Constant Goddess by Anuja Chandramouli

Anuja's word sorcery has mesmerized us since we have read Shakti two years back. To prove our devotion towards the author, we have our precious possession. Out of 9 books that Anuja has published we have 7 books with us, only missing guys are "Rani Padmavati" & Kamadeva. We are hopeful that they will be added to our shelf with their siblings soon. 

Book Blurb
Believed to be the liquid manifestation of Shakti and the nurturer of the three worlds with her life-sustaining waters, Goddess Ganga is the epitome of beauty and purity, famous for her indomitable spirit and boundless charm. Renowned as a devoted daughter, a caring mother, a passionate lover, and a merciful saviour, she is here to absorb and absolve us of our sins. A constant goddess, she is part of the Indian ethos, revered, and loved across the ages.
The exquisite epic that is Ganga’s story, from her miraculous origins, her sojourn in the heavens, her poignant relationships with the divine trinity, the birth of her sons—Bhishma and Kartikeya, and her descent into a wicked world that is not worthy of her, is dazzlingly told by Anuja Chandramouli. Without this Goddess, life as we know it will be over, for her righteous retribution will be terrifying.
This book is a vibrant retelling of the story of Ganga, who has the power to save us all and bestow the precious gift of moksha, embracing saints and sinners alike with her all-encompassing compassion.
We were on our vacation when we saw first communication about Anuja's latest release which is "Ganga - The Constant Goddess" The first thing we did after coming back got the copy. The only reason for a slight delay in the review was our resolve of finishing all review copies this year & bring 30+ copies in single digit number.

I think I have discussed too much about other things, talking about Ganga - the book. Being a Hindu (Spent childhood in Indian) raised in 1990-200 when TV shows were more mythological, I have seen many serials around Ganga's descend on earth, her marriage with Shantanu and at the max as the sister of Paravati. She was always part of the story. Never been the main character, so what you know about Ganga before & after. Those who have read Vedic literature may answer you but how many people can take that serious literature for just one character, as our literature is full of many such Gods. Anuja has done this task easy for us. She has taken the support of Mythology & penned down her fiction work Ganga. You may know some stories in parts but this book is a compilation of many such tales in Anuja's words in a fictional format. Starting from Himvan's daughter to other tales.

There are two things which are common across Anuja's work. A deep emotional portrayal of the main character and the poetic flow. Both have their own pros & cons. Emotional parts are essential & it attracts a reader to know more but excess is also dangerous as it can take readers away. Anuja has kept the balance between two. Coming to poetic flow her stories are never in the same flow. At places it is slow & at places, it will rush you through. The book is bit slower overall. Finally her mastery over words, it always makes me refer dictionary ( :) )

In an all a worthy read. Ratings
  1. Cover - 4.5/5
  2. Concept - 3.5/5
  3. Characer - 4/5
  4. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

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