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Prem Purana: Mythological Love Stories Paperback – 21 Sep 2017
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Usha Narayanan had a successful career in advertising, radio and corporate communications before becoming a full-time author. She has written several books, including the suspense thriller The Madras Mangler and the fun office romance Love, Lies and Layoffs. Her books Pradyumna: Son of Krishna and The Secret of God’s Son have been praised as ‘Indian mythology at its fiercest and finest’.
When she is not travelling, writing or editing, Usha reads everything from thrillers to the puranas.
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Such is the book Prem Purana by Usha Narayanan.
The best thing that the book serves is, the synchronization, the book speaks of events that are written in the scriptures and quite efficiently the events are fit into the stories, no loose ends, making it one hell of a believable story. It leaves you wondering, whether it's really a work of fiction of cleverly assembled from the Puranas that we youngsters turn a blind eye to.
There are action sequences that are written in such elaboration, the reader gets a clear picture of everything. For example, there is a sequence whether Ganesha is required to fight someone for the well being of the characters, each blow that the God receives and each blow that he gives is visualized by the reader.
The author is well informed about the puranas and that's a cherry on the top. This book is a clear example of stories that prove the existence of devotion as a form of love. Love so pure that it makes the one in front of you, change their path. Love that makes a way to be expressed itself, love that is untamed and ready to fight the Gods even if its unspeakable.
The love stories are highly graceful and anyone who has not been reading romance lately, should definitely try this out. They give away a certain aura of skillful description and the courting of those times.
The cover portrays the sketch a man and a woman embracing each other, and is really beautiful.
Cover- 5 stars
Title- 5 stars
Blurb- 4 stars
Plot- 4 stars
Writing and Presentation- 4.5 stars
Overall- 4.5 stars
The book has become one of my best reads of 2017 and would stay a recommendation for romance seekers.
Reviewed By- Banaja Prakashini
Prem Purana by Usha Narayanan is a collection of 3 short stories. The first story revolves around a much loved God – Ganesha (and his brides), the second one is the story of the widely feared demon king – Ravana (and Mandodari), and the third tale is of a well known mortal king – Nala (and Damayanti).
All 3 of these stories made for interesting reads, as they were informative while being entertaining. Now of-course, since I read a lot in the genre, I was already aware of many of these stories, so there was some amount of repetition (for me), but for someone relatively new to the genre, this will be an absolute treasure.
Having said that, there were many things I found out after reading this book. For one, I had no idea that Ganesha had 3 wives and not 2. For some reason I always assumed that Riddhi, Siddhi were Ganesha’s 2 wives, and was completely clueless about Buddhi.
Though let me tell you, this small surprise was completely inconsequential compared to the shocker that waited for me in Ravana & Mandodari’s story. I used to think that I knew Ramayana and Mahabharata backwards & forwards, but there was one big reveal in Story #2, which totally blew my mind!
All in All, this was a wonderful read, which stayed true to its promise, and delivered not one, but three wonderful, yet dramatically different love stories. Highly recommend to everyone who loves this genre (or not). Read this book.
- Shantala at Shanaya Tales
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