She is a Beast is a collection of fairytales, but not the ones that we heard in our childhood. It is not a book of damsels in distress waiting for their knight in shining armour to rescue them. It is a book where women take the reins into their own hands. They are brave, witty and glorious. It’s a book where men are foolish to fall for the traps laid out by a woman and completely powerless at her hand.
Writers in the spirituality genre are called to the craft. They are vessels for messages from the divine. When you read their words, they express what you’re feeling and give words to your secret emotions.
Stories about the apocalypse are usually filled with supernatural darkness and suspense. And justifiably so. I mean, we are talking about the end of the world. Why would it not be scary and dreadful? This is why Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s co-authored book pleasantly surprised me with their masterpiece Good Omens.
With the creative adjectives and strong imagery, Sanatani painted vivid imagery of the character in my head. This sassy character, Mercury closely reminded me of the Greek God Hermes. From his impeccable attire to his unending knowledge about business and trades, Hermes felt like the Greek counterpart of Mercury.
“Did you know that souls meet others in a pre-earthly life? And when those souls meet each other again on Earth, it’s as if they’d known each other forever. That’s why you meet someone for the first time and feel like you’ve known them your whole life.”
“If you trace fairy tales throughout history, you can see how they directly reflect the society in which they were created. For instance, the Brothers Grimm would write multiple versions of the same tales, shifting them for various audiences. Writing these as lessons to children yielded one version for instance, and creating versions for a monarch yielded another.”
Hitherto, my understanding of the Abrahamic religions was that they were monotheistic from the very inception of the religion. But through The Red Tent, I saw a different story, one in which a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses existed alongside a monotheistic belief.
Welcome on board The Great Father of Time, the best teacher of life and the de facto co-ruler of the Solar System—Saturn, the only planet in the Cosmos who can stand up to the Sun as its equal. Surprised, are you? I was too when I was first introduced to him while reading The Little Light by Dipa Sanatani.
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, helps you picture that world that most of us dream of. Houses filled with books from the floor to the ceiling, amazing characters coming to life, meeting the author of your favourite book, you name it – Inkheart draws up a world that everyone who has ever fallen in love with books has imagined at least once in their lifetime.
We writers are searching for that elusive soul who will see us. Truly see us. And no one can understand an author quite like another author. I have a chat with Sanchari Das about how her journey as a book reviewer has shaped her as an author.