The Rise of Sivagami (Baahubali: Before the Beginning #1) by Anand Neelakantan

GENRES– Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology

Rate- 4 Stars

Type- Standalone, Prequel

 

My Review-

Sivagami’s father, the loyal bhoomipathi of Mahishmathi was executed as being traitor when she was five year old. Her father leaves behind a manuscript in secret for her. written in strange, old language. This is the only think she have now of her own to say when her foster family left her in the royal orphanage of Mahishmathi , she vows to kill its king and destroy the Mahishmati kingdom.

Kattappa, the slave., son of slave Malayappa to the current king of Mahishmathi. Kattappa is not smart but loyal to his princes and the kingdom. He must get back his brother’s senses , who thinks they have right to freedom. Kattappa must save his brother from trouble and from thoughts of freedom.

Bijjaladeva, oh! where are my manners… Prince Bijjaladeva (the spoiled) is few months behind to be twenty one year old, age to be free to do what he wants (as if he listen to anyone). He is bad, spoiled, evil, fool, good warrior, nut head.

There are many interesting character some are Mahadeva (Bahubali’s father), King Somadeva (father of Bijjaladeva and Mahadeva), Malayappa and Shivappa (father and brother of Kattappa)….

 

My Thoughts-

Watched the movie, loved it, became fan (who is not!), while waiting for the second part to be released, found this book and was shocked, yes i was more shocked than being excited. Anand Neelakantan, the author, wrote a book based on a block blaster movie. It cannot be coincident but a well planned to launch this book just a month and so before the release of the sequel of Bahubali. The author wrote this almost 500 pages book in 109 days, including plotting, planning, and drafting. When I couldn’t take longer of waiting to watch the second part,. I took this book. Sivagami is my favorite character, in movie she is that power. The book says story of a teen age girl, who is learning very step and starting to understand around her and as this is a book 1 of the prequel sequel, I will love to see the transformation of sivagami in book 2.

There were many question we fans have about the characters after watched the movie. and my only question was how sivagami was so powerful and humble. I expect the answer in this novel. and as the second book is promised I hope to get answer in that.  Few more questions popped up after reading, being a total opposite characters sivagami and Bijjaladeva, how they end up in marriage and why Devaraya was executed? why Thimma leaving sivagami in royal orphanage? what is the real reason of Kattaps’s ancestor of becoming slaves and the question never ends, maybe only after reading the book 2.

 

Recommendation-

Apart from sword fighting, cutting, killing, dead bodies…. this novel contains adult content (that’s what I call them). so would not recommend this to young readers / young fans of Bahubali movie. The story is in its own entertainment way, related to movie but in its own way. Advise to the reader to read it as a fresh start.

 

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About the Author-

Anand-Neelkantan-686x1024I was born in a quaint little village called Thripoonithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Located east of mainland Ernakulam, across Vembanad Lake, this village had the distinction of being the seat of the Cochin royal family. However, it was more famous for its hundred odd temples; the various classical artists it produced and its music school. I remember many an evening listening to the faint rhythm of Chendas from the temples and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the school of music. Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin have, however, wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old world charm. The village…..more

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ASHOKA – Lion of Maurya (Ashoka, #1) by Ashok K. Banker

My Review-

Growing up hearing about Emperor’s of India it did not took me a second to add this book to ‘want to read’ list and cover is very much attractive and mesmerized.

This is not a history book but its a historical fiction. I loved that it is based on true historians, and did not bored me with all the date and details and facts. I found myself in magnetic chain of reading, now I am in hangover of the mauryavansh world created by the author. Ashok k. banker is indeed a great story teller. He created a world where all women and men are more than gender. loved how he described chandikas, female military who can beat men face to face and can do more than that., Political minds and strategies. Ashok left me with many questions and incomplete thoughts.

One thing to Ashok K. Banker, “when will the second book of this series will be out?”

Story-

Yuvraj Ashoka is 2nd in line to Throne, he have no desire to be the next emperor of mauryavansh and when he accidentally overhears assassins plot to a threat his family, family of 100 queen mothers and siblings, he get into ground to stop them with help of chandikas. Chandikas, military of females instituted by samrat Chandragupta Maurya himself. while solving each puzzle, he finds out the threat lies within his own family. with advise of his guru Kautilya, the ex prime minister and the great mind Chanakya, he has to stop the assassins and also save himself from get killed……

About The Author-

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Ashok is an internationally acclaimed author of mixed-race and mixed-cultural parentage based in Mumbai, India. His Epic India Library is a lifetime writing plan that aims to retell ALL the major myths, legends and itihasa of the Indian sub-continent in an interlinked cycle of over 70 volumes. This includes the Ramayana Series, Krishna Coriolis, the Mahabharata Series, the contemporary thriller Blood Red Sari and other works. His books have sold over 1.4 million copies in 12 languages and 57 countries worldwide….goodreads.com

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The Cure was Love by Reet Singh

My Review-

Even thought the story was predictable at sometime I had fun reading it. I had a problem with Simi gill, I was like “girl you worry and think too much, just let it go and go with the flow”. I loved Dr. Rudy, i don’t know from where Reet (author) found him and  does this type of guy even exist in real life. Because he is so handsome, rich, successful, very patient and bonus he have a twin.

Simi gill is a only child brought by her father who is single parent, studying medical  in Bangalore and her father runs plant nursery in Chandigarh. She is in new York for her medical studentship at Sloan Kettering Medical Centre. Due to her not-good-with-alcohol problem she ends up in someone’s room with a… bronzed skin , dark hair sexy.

She had noticed, in a blurred half second, a pair of trousers, distinctly masculine underwear and a tie.

She didn’t possess a blue rug, didn’t wear corduroy – nor manly underwear – and she certainly didn’t own a tie. There was only one explanation- this wasn’t her room

Dr. Rudy Bhatnagar, half Indian, who is a surgeon, his parents are gynaecologist and an orthopaedic surgeon, he is rich and damn handsome. he is guy who are very very very hard to find.

Rudy have his own past  and simi is boken heart.. will they find cure and is the cure is love.

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About the Author- Reet has a romantic soul, partly genetic but certainly attributable to the romantic fiction she devours by the kilo. When she’s not watching romcoms, or doing creative things with wool and a crochet hook, or playing Scrabble, she can be found in the kitchen putting together her ‘world-famous’ one-pot meals.

Married for three decades, her prototypical tall, handsome, and sensitive hero-husband still makes her heart skip a beat. Writing about love and happy endings feeds her romantic soul; hearing from her….goodreads.com

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Chase of Choices by Hari Parameshwar

I got this copy as Author’s choice for honest review, it is my first completed novel written by male author. and I must say I had fun reading this novel more than I expected, loved the nickname of the characters, especially kini and kitu. This story is filled with wanting, needs, and hard time and romance.

Blurb-

Humans are souls, buried deep below the coloured dusts of knowledge and experiences of the consciousness, within their physical bodies. The soul, when it deserts the body, dispenses with the colours of dusts to emerge as purest of the pure light. Yet, due to a cosmic error, if it carries some of the coloured dusts with it before manifesting in another physical form, then what could be the fate of that soul? The novel, Chase of Choices, the story of a never-ending search in today s global context is recounted through Olivia, an American woman a divorcee and, mother of two who falls in love with an Indian, believing him to be the soul mate for whom her soul had longed for, since long. The story is as emotional, as inquisitive and romantic it is. Yet, at the same time, the underlying vibes are enlightening: revealing as many as 46 universal laws of human life, through 46 short chapters. Dr Hari Parameshwar, through this gripping and thrilling fiction, divulges how choices could sometimes really mess up ones life in our incessant strive to embrace balance in work, personal life and family whilst exposing the hollowness in the institution of marriage and depletion of values in family system, in utmost and brutal honesty.

My Review-

Ravi Raj Nambiar is divorced, single parent, is in search of wife through martimotal portal, who can  play mother role of his two children, especially for his daughter. in the journey of finding suitable wife, which is never ending quest, he met many choices, I mean candiates.

women is mysterious to men and its purpose mystifying, even to women. one of the prime traits of womankind is: the power of acceptance, obligations, change, pleasure, pain…..

Meenu, cute face, short hair, who is in his mind, who is interested in marrying ravi and somewhat is little strange. (I thing she have split personality). and then there is Anjali (I was secretly rooting for her with ravi), charming, with appealing eyes and a wide smile, sensible, poetess,  with child like voice and Priya menon.

But everything left aside when he got voice message from American women called Olivia Claire O’Neil, white women, with 2 children of her own, who wants to marry Indian man and settled down in India. she feels ravi is her soulmate for whom she longed for. with so many choice, who he will and should settle down with.

13851049About Author-

Dr Hari Parameshwar is the author of: “Many Paths Many Answers” and “Chase of Choices”.

Chase of Choices, released recently, has been acclaimed by many, besides receiving interesting reviews on media and from eminent reviewers. The New Indian Express pronounced it as “an emotional whirlwind on the complexities of life.”

His first book, Many Paths Many Answers, was published a year back and that, too, has received excellent reviews from the readers and media. The Indian Express review called it an “unputdownable” book: “that fresh breeze of new-age spirituality that draws its inspiration from the waters of the source at its roots and takes them to its vibrant flowers blossoming out into the full view of a……. goodreads/author

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