- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Jaico Publishing House (25 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9386348144
- ISBN-13: 978-9386348142
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Son of Shiva Paperback – 25 Apr 2017
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Preetha Rajah Kannan is the author of Shiva in the City of Nectar, an enthralling collection of stories based on the revered Tamil text, Thiruvilayaadal Puranam. She is also the editor of Navagraha Purana, a translation of the eponymous Telugu work on the mythology of the nine planets, by celebrated author V. S. Rao. Kannan has contributed extensively to newspapers and magazines, such as The New Indian Express and The Express School Magazine. A homemaker and a mother of two boys, she lives with her family in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
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I totally enjoyed the book and found it's dramatic eloquence quite entertaining.
It was also a relief to read a book based on the Indian epics that did not desecrate the original with modern twists.
Kartikeya was born from the flames of a desperate need, an ardent desire and an utmost devastation. In him was distilled the terrible powers of Mahadeva, at its fiercest and most deadly. Although he fought many wars and slew many tyrants, his gifts to humanity have always been those of mercy, compassion and love. What makes this possible?
For Kartikeya, there have always been more questions than answers. Did he really walk away from his family over a piece of fruit? What about the women in his life—was he the ravisher he is at times accused of being, or the protector of women? Was he the violent warrior who revelled in bloodlust, or a gentle family man? What was his relationship with his more popular sibling, Ganesha?
Preetha Kannan weaves together myth, imagination and folklore while looking to answer these questions and recreates for modern readers the story of one of the most enigmatic gods—Kartikeya.
mythology is a critical subject and more critical is it’s retelling as if you do not know the tale properly and cannot narrate it in a gripping way then the reader would not find it interesting. I feel it is just a cup of tea for Preetha Kannan for retelling mythology.
the book is the story of Kartikeya told in a new twisted and poetic way. the book focuses on lesser-known characters like demon brothers of soorapadman, ajamukhi- sister of soorapadman, devasena- daughter of Indra and the wife of Kartikeya and finally the most humorous and beautiful of all Krauncha- the talking peacock and the vahana of Kartikeya.
the best part of the book is its beauty in language. I felt that the beauty of the language and lucid vocabulary of the author makes the book, truly a “masterpiece”. one cannot put down the book if you have started once. although the book is of 300 pages, you would at least two days if you are a fast reader- for completing the book, for you need to understand each line along with its difficult words.
the book is a fiction and it totally stands for its genre. you would read new tales like a beauty in a prison- the story of devasena and the linga bathed in blood- the story of ajamukhi.
another perk of the book is its philosophy. you would see a lot of beautiful ideas of philosophy hidden within tales. the way the battles and the other scenes are explained truly captures the full attention of the reader.
the ending is just mesmerising, the way the author makes it a conclusive one where Kartikeya and valli are interlocked in a hug and Ganesha walks away makes it hit the right note.
overall the book is in simple words a “masterpiece”. a perfect tapestry of myth and imagination.
imaginative. intrigue. intense.
I would recommend the book to all the mythology lovers and to everyone who loves fiction and the strong vocabulary.
Though book's title protagonist is Kartikeya - 'The Son of Shiva", ardent love of Preetha towards Shiva is visible through the book. Sixty percent of stories were related to Shiva. "Shiva in the City of Nectar" was a collection of short stories about Shiva related Madurai. This part is more theme oriented. The antagonist of our story is Surapadaman, son of sage Kashyapa & Asura princess Maya. As instructed by Shukracharya, Surapadaman got books from Shiva & won 108 realms. With the power, he turned towards Adharma, which took him towards destruction. Shiva's son Kartikeya was born to bring these lose demons & asura under control. He launched an attack on Surapadaman.
Talking about narration style, it is simply awesome and flawless. I kept turning pages. I hated when I had to put the book aside. And pictures of Shiva & Kartikeya are too good. One can gift this book to any age, any genre readers.
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