Thursday, April 26, 2018

Samarsiddha by Sandeep Nayyar

Last Diwali I started taking review request in Hindi language but I was not getting up to the mark book in Hindi. I have review 3-4 books ins last 5 months but Samar Siddha was the only book in Hindi which has provided enough fuel to my reader's engine. The books I read till now were lacking interest portion or seriousness portion. Samar Siddha was able to touch them. And I am happy with the reading experience.

Book Blurb
"Love, betrayal, sword battles, supernatural rituals and enchanting beauty of the courtesans Vaishali and Amodini!"
Samarsiddha is a story of complex social dynamics in the land of enigmatic India in 8th century BC. In a patriarchal society ruled by the king and his men, a woman, exploited and shattered, rises from the ground to counter not only the men and the society but also the underlying ailing ideology. Read how she devoted her life to spiritual practices to gain divine powers to counter the mighty kingdoms. Find out how her razor sharp goal of revenge carries her from being a beautiful Brahmin girl to a Chandaal warrior with bloodthirsty soul.

Samar Siddha started with two different stories. One is about a Brahmin girl Shatvari and another about Nishad King Neel. Shatrvari was the daughter of a well-educated & well-respected "Acharya". Her upbringing was done with proper value system & education. She learned (from her father) that anyone with the hunger for knowledge should be given chance irrespective of his/her cast. She encouraged her ox-cart driver a low cast guy to get knowledge of Vedas from her father and musical training from herself. Her life was changed after her marriage. Neel recently accepted kingship after his the death of his father. His kingdom was frequently attacked by neighboring kingdom of Dakshini Kaushala. He went to the capital of enemies in disguise to learn about them but he was caught by soldiers. his army chief who was handling kingdom in his absence got the message from "Uttara Kaushala" about Neel's kidnapping. They agreed with Uttara Kaushala's strategy to get Neel back.

I like the way the author has maintained pace, interest & storyline. I didn't feel bored even for a minute while reading. Some of the lines were worth quoting for. The author has used burning issue of ancient and modern India and showed a wonderful drama around the same. Author has maintained tempo throughout the story. I personally liked the character of Shatvari & Neel.

Talking about the ratings
  1. Cover - 4/5 (I liked the previous cover as well)
  2. Characters - 4/5
  3. Content - 3.5/5
  4. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads



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