Welcome to my wrap-up of #TheReadingQuest readathon. The Reading Quest was hosted by Aentee @ Read At Midnight and ran from August 13th to September 10th. All the character and graphics have been created by CW of Read, Think, Ponder. I know, I am too late for this wrap-up, but yet, here I am 😀 This quest was really fun to do, though I read totally different books that I actually intended to read at the start of the quest 😛 I am glad that nevertheless, I was able to complete my character class “Mage” at least. So, let’s see what I achieved during this challenge. For my original signup post, click here.
When I won this book in a giveaway on Instagram, I was like super excited. I didn’t know what was this book about exactly. I just saw this book doing rounds on Instagram. So I was excited to get my hands on it. When it arrived, I instantly decided that it is going to be my next read, and alas! Here we are. I have never been so happy after reading a book that I got in a giveaway. This book was absolutely magical!
Why I was intrigued towards reading this was because of the title itself: Harappa. I have never read anything about this civilization, of course except the course books. So, when I got a chance to review this book I, I grabbed it instantly. And I was not disappointed at all.
The story starts when Vidyut Shashtri, the main protagonist of the story, is called upon to Varanasi where his great-grandfather, Dwarka Shashtri, is on deathbed. Vidyut is a successful entrepreneur and an eligible bachelor who lives with her girlfriend Damini who is a journalist. When Vidyut reaches Varanasi, his great-grandfather starts telling him the story of the curse that has been brought upon his entire generation and the humankind by his ancestor Vivasvan Shatri.
This was my first read from the author Kavita Kane. I had heard great things about her work and how she chooses different female characters from Indian mythology and present them with a new angle. People suggested that I should start with her first book, but rather I picked this one as I already had its copy. And I would say, I loved Kavita Kané and her unusual story about Surpanakha.
Ramayana is the epic tale which I believe every Indian have heard while growing up. All the main characters are household names – Ram, Laxman, Sita, Ravan. But the character of Surpanakha is something that we grew up hating. We have been taught that how Laxman cut her nose and in turn, Ravan abducted Sita and then it started the epic war between Ram and Ravan. But do we know more than this about Surpanakha? Do we know who was Surpanakha other than a girl having a cut nose and sister of Ravan? I surely hadn’t known. This story is a fresh take on Surpanakha’s life and lets you go to the details of why she did what she did.
If you are following my posts, then you must know that I am already doing a reading challenge #ARCAugust this month, but here I am with another challenge for the month (Am I being ambitious?). So this is totally a last minute entry, but I am glad to announce that I’ll be taking part in #TheReadingQuest challenge hosted by Read at Midnight. This challenge will be held from 13th August until 10th September. This is a reading adventure based entirely on a video-game quest which encourages participants to reduce their TBR pile using interesting prompts!