Karna’s Story: a tale of birth and merit [Book Club – The Mahabharata]

In the epic, there are oodles of miraculous narratives revolving around the birth of Karna that leave us spellbound. Every birth in this universe is guided by inexplicable cosmic forces without an ounce of human interference. These cosmic forces carry the weight that decides the fate of every child. Without any known merits, some of us get access to a plethora of privileges right from birth whereas some of us struggle for even the basic necessities. 

A Spiritual Tour of the Afterlife [Book Club – The Day After My Funeral by Nikhil Kushwaha]

One often wonders what happens after we die: do we really walk into the afterlife? The answer of whether our journey ends at our funeral or whether we begin a new journey the day after our funeral is an endless one. Nikhil Kushwaha presents us with a vision of the afterlife in his book “The Day After My Funeral”. He neither intends to question any religious beliefs nor desires to preach. He simply wants to bring awareness to readers of the ticking clock – so that we live our life to the fullest, enjoy every moment and die in peace without any regrets.

My Utopian World: the origin and evolution of mythical creatures

I’ve always wondered how our lives would be affected if the mythical creatures existed for real and did not live just in books. How different our lives could be if that were to be true? Maybe, instead of boarding the bus to go to school every day, I could ride my own dragon and have my own fairy-godmother – like Cinderella. I would get to slay the trolls and swim with my mermaid friends. I could keep a phoenix as a pet and have wonderful house-elves at my disposal.

The First Bite: Adam and Eve’s journey [Book Club – Havah by Tosca Lee]

Tosca Lee’s attempt in extracting the hidden events and feelings from within the first few chapters of the Book of Genesis is a brilliant depiction of how our mind manages to convince us to blame someone for all that happens – whether that someone be you or anyone else. She tries to fill the gaps and find the answers for the questions that come into being about the story of the first man and woman according to The Bible, and in the process brings about the birth of a beautiful read, Havah: The Story of Eve. 

Mother Mari’s Gift: A Story of Rain

I stare out at the storm that’s brewing in front of me and quickly make the assessment that this is not the time to go anywhere. I remember how I’d once read that before the time of Genghis Khan, the Mongols were afraid of thunder. I imagine how terrifying this spellbinding sight must have been for agricultural societies. And yet – rain was a blessing. Without water, crops would never grow. 

From Fay to Foe: Morgana Pendragon from BBC’s Merlin

Morgan le Fay is a famous and powerful enchantress that appears in Arthurian legends as a worthy friend-turned foe, or to be more precise, a half-sister who plots against the King for his throne. As time passed by and King Arthur and his tales became more and more iconic, what started as the character of a fairy, who is confident of her own powers and uses it for the benefit of her people transformed into a dark and ruthless sorceress who stops at nothing to get what she wants.