There are books that make you happy. There are books that make you sad. There are books that you wish you hadn’t read. There are books that you love to re-read. There are books that give you hangover. And then there are books that fills your heart with warmth even after you have finished it long ago. And this one such book.
I had decided to not review the book for I didn’t have idea on how to, because when I finished reading, I couldn’t put my feelings together. But whenever my eyes fell on the book, the warmth I felt fill my heart was incredible and I couldn’t resist writing a review.
The queen of jasmine country penned by Sharanya Manivannan, is the story of the young poetess kodhai, who later came to be known as Andal. Set in ninth century, the story explores her love, desire and passion for freedom.
Having grown up hearing the stories of Andal, it was initially difficult for me to view Kodhai as a feminine figure; but soon I learnt to consider her as a character. The elegance and simplicity of the language is refreshing and I could almost hear Kodhai’s voice even after I finished reading. It is very rare to find Indian writers who write so poetically. The relationship between kodhai and her father vishnuchittan is what I liked the most about the book; okay, maybe apart from the cover, which I fell in love with, at the first sight. This is one of those books that I bought for the cover and did not regret buying.
Having written every incident classily and elegantly, I personally feel that the author could have done better in writing the garland incident. Apart from that, the book is perfect. When I finished reading, I had to remind myself to breathe, for I was too numb after reading the climax.
I am at loss of words to describe my feelings for the book. What I have written too feels inadequate. Recommended for everyone.
Title : 4.5/5 Cover : 5/5 Plot : 4.5/5 Language : 4.5/5 Overall : 4.5/5
The beautiful writings , the visual setting and the deep sense of devotion that the writer invokes, is just marvelous. I read the book in a go, given that I am a Aandal Perumal Bhakt myself, I was lost in the mesmerizing writing. One of the best books I've read in the recent past. Kudos to the author for weaving such a beautiful writing and making the reader finish the book wanting for more
Sharanya Manivannan's debut novel transports you to 9th century Tamil Nadu and brings to life the divine poetess Andal as a teenager. It is beautifully written, tying together devotion, history, literature and the yearnings of a girl coming of age.
The Queen of Jasmine Country💜 Author: Sharanya Mannivannan Publisher: Harpercollins . The lord lives eternally within your heart but, you live here in the world be a part of it. . Let's talk about cover first. wow!!. I mean it. Just awesome. This is probably first purple book in my shelf. Just loving it and it's hardcover. Who doesn't love hardcover books 😍 . Somewhere in Tamil Nadu there is a small town named puduvai. Our protagonist kodhai is taught to read and write by her father. She is one of the twelve Alvars saints who composed poems in praise of the Almighty. A wonderful relation of love, reverence, devotion and mutual understanding evolves between the parent and the child. . The characters are well decribed and developed. I'm in love with each and every page of this book. Every pages, every chapter turn out to be more interesting than previous one. . Writing style.. OMG... I have no words to describe thr writing style. A beautiful rendition by the author. I fell in love with the writing style over and over again. scenario is portrayed such that each and every character is felt real. I can easily Connected with every part of book. . Highly recommend to each reader. A must read book. I believe this book will definitely get an award in future.( I desperately wanted ) . PS. If you are a not a constant reader or just beginner please don't read this book you may feel little bit difficult to understand.
What happens to the one who has seen the lord, merged with him, but also been allowed to continue to be a part of this world that is his play?
The story starts with how Kodhai has been adopted by a garland- weaving poet and the book takes us on the journey of her love with Lord Vishnu and how in the end Lord Vishnu wants Kodhai of Puduvai to be his bride. The book carries emotions that are poured into every reader who reads this book and yet it doesnt get empty of the emotions. The book speaks thousands of words both in written and in silence, thousands of feeling that only a reader knows, thousands of breathtaking moments that only a reader experiences. The book tells us about how kodhai was discovered to her step parents Vishnuchittan who is a garland weaver and a poet and Arali. It takes us to her childhood days to the days when she turns into a woman when she bleeds. Kodhai used to steal the garlands her father had weaved for Lord Vishnu. She used to wear it and look herself in the mirror, until one day when Lord Vishnu came in Vishnuchittan's dream and told him that he will only wear the garland after Kodhai has wore it. Kodhai longed for love leading her to Pavai Nombu, A vow that has been taken by young women who sought a fine husband. Kodhai had been taught to read and write by Vishnuchittan and she herself was a poet just like her father. After her visit to Madurai, her love for Lord Vishnu brings her something that she always longed for even though it will always be unfulfilled. Lord Vishnu had came in the dreams of Vishnuchittan and had asked Kodhai's hands in marriage and Vishnuchittan accepted. Truely an astounding work of fiction.
Let us first take a look at the beautiful oh-so-beautiful cover of this book. When the book finally arrived at my place, I couldn't help but stare at it in awe. And it's a hardcover! And well, hardcovers are always so pretty. I think this is my first purple book ever!
Anyway, moving on to the book. In her book, The Queen of Jasmine Country Sharanya Manivannan brings alive the divine poetess, Andal whose sublime and erotic verses remain beloved and controversial to this day. Yet, her portrayal of the devotional poetess as a teenager is amazing, tying history, literature and devotion hand in hand.
The book gives us information about Kodhai and her life, how she was discovered by her parents, what kind of a life she led with her family and so on. Filled with emotions and feelings, the book starts every new chapter is a new faze and I could not help but think how amazing the writing style of this author is! This is Manivannan's first work of fiction, I believe (I read it somewhere but now I cannot remember where so that I can confirm) and it is just marvelous! Her words describe feelings in a surreal way. Her style makes me want to not stop reading whatever. I really wanted to finish this book as soon as possible so that I could devour it again some time later.
The only reason why I would not suggest this book to others would be that the person needs to be a constant reader to make head and tail of books like this. Often readers who are just beginning do not like reading in the way Manivannan has portrayed her work, majorly because of their lack of understanding of the context. Nonetheless, I can see this book receiving an award or two in the near future.