When I was big enough to realize that I had more responsibilities than other kids of my age, and that I had to take care of myself as well as my younger sister while my parents were out for work, there were a few things that my mother taught me. One of them was that no matter what, I was never alone. I would always be looked after by my God. She didn’t tell me ‘which’ God that would be! We used to go to Gurudwaras, as well as temples. My parents told me stories of Gods and Godmen. And there was this one God who I felt was strong enough to take care of me! And that was Lord Shiva. I loved reciting his Artis. And the rituals associated with his Aradhna. I even fasted on Mondays. Yes, it was when I was still a young girl. And no, it was not to get a ‘good husband’.
During days I was down with fever or ill health and my mother could not be around, I used to imagine myself playing, jumping, singing and dancing somewhere in the snowcapped mountains, with my God, someone who was as dear as my own father (and during rifts with my father, even stronger than him 😉 ). It had a healing effect on me. I still think of my God as a father figure, a companion, a friend who ‘listens’ to my cribbing, eases my sufferings and shares my joys. This is the kind of relationship I have with My Lord Shiva.
I was disappointed a little. But it was my fault. This book is not about only Shiva. It is about different ways of living, different philosophies we follow and different rules we abide by. Shiva here could be any man from that era with that right combination of strength, goodness and will.
The narration is smooth. The story is fascinating. Action and romance well balanced 😉 I did find the author losing his way at some places, though. At times the explanations are too scientific and in sync with our present times to be believed that they were originated around 1900BC. The language is too modern and casual for someone belonging to an era long gone by. For someone who might not be as close to the concept of Shiva as God, this book might be just another work of fiction with the protagonist being a lovable character who finds himself being made responsible for safety and well being of a large state.
The book might not be of very high literary standard, but it has an interesting subject and you might like to read it on a relaxed weekend!
I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars
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