With her very colourful and engaging characters, Sanatani manages to create strong imagery in our heads which readers can relate to their own lives on earth. What is amazing about the narrative style is the human-like conversations between different Celestial Beings that makes it easy for the readers to quickly grasp the storyline.
One day, I decided I would do an extreme sport and signed up for a 10-day Vipassana course. For those of you who don’t know: a 10-day Vipassana course requires you to meditate for ten hours a day, in complete silence. During those ten days, you have no contact with the outside world. As the starting date of the course drew near, I found myself more and more anxious.
There is a certain sense of bittersweet beauty that comes along with relating mythology or history with the life that we currently lead. Wars, epidemics, lockdowns – our generation has been fortunate to have only read about these and to have the freedom to choose if we want to imagine what life was in those times or to dismiss it as the past. But now, as our lives turn into an event that will be remembered for several years to come, like how we remember the Black Plague or the Bengal famines, it may be soothing to look back to instances like ours, where we have fought and survived.
When our life is laid down in front of our eyes, one choice after the other, it all comes down to one question – did we really lead our own life by our own rules or were our decisions just results of already decided consequences which leave us with no choice?
What is perhaps strange about the Harry Potter series is that both the antagonist and the protagonist are like two peas from the same pod. They are individuals who are similar in so many ways – have a twisted past, absent parents, loyal friend circles and a legacy to fulfil. They each had a story within them. Yet, it is their choices that make them starkly opposite of each other.
The first and second semesters are one of the most crucial periods in a college student’s life. This is the time when they are most likely to start having anxiety issues. Everything looks like a blurry and fast moving motion picture that they weren’t prepared to watch just yet. Nevertheless, anxiety issues may or may not surface in their first year of college.
The genesis of fairy tales can be traced back to tradition of oral stories told by wandering storytellers. Such stories, which were passed on from mouth to mouth for long years without being written down ever, fascinated the children for centuries and kept their imagination alive. These stories remain in their memory along with their deep underlying moral streak, even when kids grow up. Such is the power of folklore and fairytales.
“Spirituality is faith and experience based whereas science is fact and observation based. I don’t see why the two can’t coexist. We humans have a great capacity for imagination and compassion. We’re also incredibly analytical and rational. It’s how our brains are wired – to live with these two contradictions and still function.”
As a former teacher, I really wanted to write a book that my students could understand, appreciate and relate to. For my work to have relevance to the modern reader, it had to be accessible. I often asked myself, “If I had to explain this concept to one of my teenage students, how would I explain it in a way that they would understand?”
“It is human nature to resist difficulties and bitter truths. If you study astrology long enough, you’ll understand that Rahu, Ketu and Saturn are making us face up to our ‘soul task’. I’ve always seen life as a kind of school where souls are born to learn and graduate from one level of consciousness to another. And Rahu, Ketu and Saturn are the best teachers that you’ll ever get.”