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Saturday morning, Madras filter coffee in one hand and The Hindu Book Review page on other hand. Seeing an image of “Ramayana” Sita being taken back into earth with two youngsters looking at this from the side, I stopped flipping of pages. In most recitals of Ramayana the part of Lava, Kusa and Sita’s return from earth are generally not elaborated. So I always gets curious and interested to learn more on this episode in Ramayana. Reading the text that accompanied the image in The Hindu, I learned that title of the book was Sita’s Ascent and the author was…

I have been hearing about this Trilogy by Amish Tripathi. When I recently read “Thundergod” a fiction about Lord Indra, my readers recommended I read Shiva Trilogy by Amish. So I did that for last two weeks. I started with the first book “The immortals of Meluha” which turned out to be a great piece of fiction painted against well known Indian Mythological characters and an imaginary map of India. Three kingdom – Sun Dynasty, Moon Dynasty and Nagas are in constant tension. Against this backdrop comes their saviour, a tribal man with a blue throat from Tibet who was…

I finished reading this book in nearly one sitting, it was certainly a page turner. The book was Thundergod (The Ascendance of Indra) by Rajiv G Menon and its a book on mythological fiction genre. It is hard to believe this is his debut novel. I am new to this genre and I felt it to be a great read for me. Indra, the lord of Devas is a well known figure in Indian Mythology. To tell Indra’s story as a fiction is a tall order which Rajiv has done very well. Thundergod is a fine mixture of stories from…

Today I  attended a marriage function that happened in a relative’s family. In the evening event they had organized a discourse by Damal Sri Ramakrishnan. I find Damal Sri Ramakrishnan’s discourses to be always a great stress buster and an uplifting and interesting talk. He brings to life the scenes in front of your eyes with his lucid language and deep knowledge on the underlying scriptures. Today the discourse was on Sri Ramavatharam. Damalji started the discourse by a great line “Avathara is the descend of God to ascend the man up” and a continued in his fine style the…

After Vadavooran, this is the next stage play under the Shraddha umbrella and I went for it with my wife and son today. Vidhuran is performed in a mime (No dialogs except for a brief introduction) format which is new to Chennai. To tell Mahabharat in this format is a bold step by MacTrics, a Mime and Body Theatre Group formed in 2009. Their facebook page introduces the play as “Inspired from the Vidura of Mahabharata, Vidhuran is an amalgamation of three performing arts – Theatre, Dance, and Mime combined to tell a single story. With an enthralling Monologue at…