Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Mohini: The Enchantress by Anuja Chandramouli - a Book Review

Anuja Chandramouli is one of my favorite Indian authors in the mythology genre. She is also in my list of favorite 5 Indian female authors. Her books belong to a completely different league. You need to develop patience and taste to enjoy her books. I never take her books in haste, and that's the reason I usually come back somewhat late with a review of her books. Her last book I read was "Muhammad Bin Tughlaq" that book has shown a neutral face of a king who was known as a tyrant.


Around 2 months back, I saw Anuja's post about her latest mythological book that also has an LGBT touch, and then came cover release. I was completely enamored by the cover design. I wanted to read the book, and my luck was in my favor. I was provided the book in exchange for an honest review. 


I knew a limited portion of Mohini Avatara's story. I was aware of Samudramanthan and about the lord Ayyapa being the son of Shiva & Mohini. But this book opened other stories in front of me that I was not aware of. It takes us through the curse of Rishi Brighu due to which Lord Vishnu had to take incarnation in female form. It also covers other stories connected with the Mohini avatar. Though being the incarnation of a male god, the book shows Mohini's independent female emotions. 


Anuja's choice of words makes you fall in love with literature. If you want to challenge your vocabulary, I strongly recommend you Anuja's books.


As usual, storytelling is fluid, almost poetic. But that has affected pace in some places, where the pace became medium to slow. Maybe many of you knew all stories covered in the book, but Anuja's style of narration is the real beauty. One more thing you need to keep in mind when you select this book, you need to develop taste for Anuja's style.


Overall I will give 4 out 5 to the book.


Book links - Goodreads and Amazon


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