Book Review: Shakti The Feminine Divine by Anuja Chandramouli

  • ISIN: 9788129137296
  • Genre: Mythology / Fiction
  • Publishers: Rupa Publications
  • Price: Rs. 295/- ( I got the book from the author for a review)
Lose yourself in Maya, the divine game of the Goddess!

She is the Mother Goddess, Mahamaya the enchantress, the supreme consciousness, the pure source from which all creation emerges and to whom all must eventually return. As Usas, the enchanting goddess of the dawn, she is loved passionately and hated fiercely, leading to a horrific tragedy. As Durga, the invincible warrior, she defeats the savage Mahishasura, whom none of the male gods could vanquish. As Kali, the fearsome dark goddess, she delights in chaos. Yet she is also Shakti, beloved of all, who, when united with Shiva, restores balance to the universe.

In this captivating narrative, explore the contrasting facets of the sacred feminine; experience her awesome power, forged on the flames of love and hate; and watch her teach the male-dominated pantheon a lesson in compassion. Witty, engaging and thought-provoking, Shakti: The Feminine Divine will force readers to re-evaluate everything they know about the gods and goddesses and inspire all to embrace the Shakti within.

One of the few explorations of the story of the Mother Goddess, Shakti Retold in modern language, this book humanizes the gods

Witty and laced with sarcasm, it is a refreshing change from the heavy language of mythological texts

Draws analogies with the modern-day situation of women and contains a powerful message of woman empowerment.

Behind The book
Source: Goodreads

About the author

Anuja Chandramouli is a full-time mommy and part-time writer. She is the author of Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior Prince & Kamadeva: The God of Desire.

Me thinks

Having read all the works of the author I can vouch for something in this she has surprised me to no extent. In the second book itself she had floored me with her writing skills but in this one she has outdone herself.

In today's times she book comes across as such a beautiful reminder to all women that the strength lies in them and that is where they need to look for it. The day they decide to stand up for themselves is the day when nothing in this world can be troublesome for them.

I like the powerful narrative of the book, so in depth and moving at a lot of places. There is lot of magnetic power in her words, one that makes a reader stop everything and just read the book till the end. This is recommended to not only women but also men as it is not a folk tale that is being retold through this book.

The story is as relevant as it was then even in today's times and at few places I experienced deja vu with me feeling a familiar sense of anxiety gripping my heart. As I end the year 2015 this comes across one of the most amazing reads by an Indian author for the year. It promises a lot of things and it delivers. It doesn't disappoint the reader even a wee bit. 
The author whom I claim to be my favourite still continues to be that as I anxiously look forward to her next book.
Do grab this one - recommended for every one!
Foodie Verdict

This book is like plum cake - the perfect reading for the season with perfectly balanced out tastes.