Book Reviews

Sidereal Destiny by Vaishnavi Sanoj – Book Review

  • Author: Vaishnavi Sanoj
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English


Sidereal Destiny is a roller coaster journey taken by the protagonist, Arpitha, and her champion sibling. Born into a traditional community governed by the constellations, ‘love’ fails to be woven in its vibrant colors. Latha’s marriage to Krishnan was an act of perfect obedience to her parents that lit up teething problems—problems without solutions.

However, when Arpitha reveals her heart’s desire, ’Naimisham’ opens doors to turbulence. Love loses its sweetness. Stars and caste raise their heads. Traditions, beliefs, family on one side and love on the other seem to be a tug of war for the two siblings. Can traditions and stars crush love? Set in the coastal backdrop of Alleppey, a state of Kerala, the story explores the fate of lovers who get enmeshed in the stars and are forced to confront their destiny—even before it unfolds.

Book Review (1)

The Indian culture has been obsessed with the astrology and predictions pertaining to life and death based on the position of stars and celestial bodies. This inexplicable affection for the astrological predictions affect us gravely and yet, we do not realize it. We believe in it wholeheartedly but it cheats on us nonetheless. It is this astrology fanaticism which forms the spine of the book Sidereal Destiny.

The story is about a woman Latha who is smitten with astrology and lets it rule every decision of her life. This is borne out of her sour experiences of the past. She tries to control her children’s life too with this tool but could you really help yourself to get away with your destiny, sidereal destiny?

The story represents the true picture of Indian society which is primarily consumed with the idea of sidereal destiny. Latha is the symbol of the parents who make decisions for their offsprings based on kundlis. The story is also about the beautiful sibling bond between Anand and Arpitha. Their usual banter gave a freshness to the grim theme of the book where their mother is seen whining over the stars. The book also highlights the love between Arpitha and Aarush that triumphs over the shackles of inter-caste and inter-religion marriage. In short, Sidereal Destiny is a simple tale which paints a true picture of an Indian family.

I liked the coherent narration of the story. I loved the inclusion of the colloquial language of south India at certain points in the book. The character development and execution of the story was fairly good. However, the plot could have been a little better. This one didn’t go really well with me. Most importantly, I appreciated the central idea of the book which puts forth how astrology haunts us. Right from the magnificent cover to an appropriate title to a unique theme, the book was indeed a pleasant ride for me.

MY RATING: 3.5/ 5


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