- Author: Sakshi Kiran
- Genre: Mytho-Fiction
- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS (2017)
- ISBN-10: 9384315788
- ISBN-13: 978-9384315788
Shakuntala lives with her son Bharat in a deep forest. One fine day Bharat reminds her of his father, resulting to upset her. As the child goes out to play a celestial maiden Menaka appears in front of her who offers friendship, suggesting to share their stories with each other. Menaka tells her about Kaushik, a sage to whom she was sent by Indra for disturbing his fierce penance and how they ended up falling for one another. Shakuntala also shares her story of meeting and marrying the charming prince of Hastinapur who later abandoned her. During the conversation, Shakuntala finds blessings in her life, why she was abandoned by parents at birth and how her estranged husband was just a victim of circumstances for leaving her. After Menaka’s departure, Dushyant returns to her in the hope of reuniting with family. Now it is Shakuntala’s turn to decide. What would she choose?
The book starts off with Shakuntala finding a celestial maiden Menaka and struck a conversation with him. Initially, she is reluctant to talk about her life but Menaka brings her out of her gloom to speak up. Menaka takes the initiative and gradually opens up about her life. Shakuntala then finds it easier and finally, gives up. Both the ladies engage in recounting their tumultuous past and talk freely about the burden that has been hurting them for long. What would be the interesting revelations? Read the book to find out.
The book was quite informative and at some points, engaging as well. I was involved in the story. The story is crisp and concise and cohesive plotline managed to bind me. I was awestruck at Menaka’s revelation about her relation with Shakuntala. This book highlights the predicaments of a woman. The whole story is wrapped in the main element discussed in it – the silk cloth. It is this silk cloth that takes the story forward and turns out to be an indispensable part of it.
Though the narrative has been developed well, the grammatical errors, as well as the punctuation errors, were something I couldn’t overlook. The sentence formation could have been proper to organize the plot well.
I see potential in the author for writing a good novel and hence would recommend her to spend a good amount of time in crafting the book and then properly editing it. Rest, from the information point of view, the book is really good!
Someone who loves to engross in Indian Mythology should read this book.
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