5 Reasons Why I Love My Office

I have been freelancing for the longest time I can remember. But exactly three months ago, I landed myself on a job at an office as a content writer. Everything happened so fast that I barely had the time to wrap my head round it. (And, I still can’t believe that I have a real job at a real office, now!)

Still, the moment I stepped inside my office, I knew I am going to love it. Sure, there are multiple reasons to. But here, I just short-listed the top 5 reasons why I love my office. Read on if you want to know…

Protective Boss:

It just took me one interview to know what an amazing Boss I am destined to have. The way he made me feel comfortable and welcomed even before I was an employee said it all. Heck, he was even more excited than I was about me getting the job!

Then, after I joined the office, I somehow felt protected in his presence. It was like all my fears about working in an office disappeared the moment I knew who my Boss is.

And even if he doesn’t advertise it all the time, I know that he always has my back. But, most importantly he is the kind of person one would feel honoured to work for. I know I do.

Supportive Colleagues:

One would expect a person to feel nervous on their first day at work. But honestly, even with my terrible social anxiety, I wasn’t as anxious as I thought I would be. The reason is nothing but the immensely supportive colleagues that this office gifted me with.

I just found it so easy settling into my new job role simply because the people there made me feel comfortable right from the beginning. All they asked me was my name, and instantly I was one of them. Any doubt and I knew my seniors and colleagues have me covered.

Friendly Environment:

Another thing that I couldn’t help noticing about my office is how friendly the environment is. I mean, the seniors literally address us with names like “baba” or “babu” just like some close person who adores us would do. Even our Bosses call us that sometimes!

Moreover, the security persons, who are always our go-to guy in every tiny little crisis we face, are just as friendly too. And I secretly like it on the days when he finds the time to call out to me just to wish “Good Morning” with a smile brighter than the sun. It truly brightens up my day and makes me smile just as broadly.

Really, I couldn’t have asked for a more positive office environment. It almost doesn’t feel like an office but more like a second home.

The Feel of Being Important:

For the first time in life, I was introduced to the feeling of being important. Yeah, working in an office does that to you. And it did for me too.

I was running around collecting some information to base an article on, when the feeling hit me. I suddenly felt important. I realised that my Boss set me up for an important job because he trusts I am the one up for it. And then, I was given some more of those works which only I could do. (Or, at least I felt that way!)

But whatever it was, it really made me feel important. And that’s not what a regular person in her mid-twenties feels every day!  

Food for Thought:

This is crucial for the writer in me who never sleeps!

Working at a real office only could offer me that. I’m not denying the perks of work from home jobs, especially for us introverts. But only a job at an office can provide us with such diverse experiences that are real food for thought.

I mean, I wouldn’t even have written this article (and several others that are to follow) if it wasn’t for this office, right? And that’s really something to clink our glasses to!

So, what do you love the most about your office? How was your experience of that first ever job? Can you relate to any of these? Let me know in the comment.

And I hope to see you in my next office articles too!

Ecstasy (Book Review)

“To freeze the moments, I paint my words
and encase them into Books of poetry.”

~Ecstasy, Prasupta Roy

With a thought as pure as that, poetess Prasupta Roy painted her debut poetry book “Ecstasy” where her heart is laid bare for everyone to have a glimpse at the emotions of a wandering soul.

Packed with metaphors, symbolism and vivid imagery, the book speaks the language of poetry, radiating the joys and sorrows, dreams and realities, happiness and struggles, and such unforgettable experiences that encompass the rhythm of life.

“Death, be not proud of your strength.
You are not the most powerful.
Love is also in the game.”

~Ecstasy, Prasupta Roy

Pearls of wisdom, motivation and emotion embody the poems and bring the book to life for the readers to experience the pure joy of being alive. Brushing through the pages of the book is like surfing through the hidden crevices of life.

The book of poetry embraces multiple themes like love, pain, heartbreak, death, nature, dreams, struggle, writing, society, strength of an woman, parental affection and a lot more.

“She is a killer in every reason.
Be it love, passion or treason.
So before you call her with different names
Remember, she is a strong, powerful dame.”

~Ecstasy, Prasupta Roy

One thing that’s common in all the poems is Ecstasy. Yes, there is happiness in the pangs of love too since it fills us with myriad of emotions that gives birth to poetry. And Prasupta Roy paints a startling picture of how that can be an artist’s path to moksha: a state of complete salvation and happiness.

Meticulously spun with the petals of experiences from the poetess’ life, “Ecstasy” promises to take the readers on a emotional ride to explore life in the most unexpected, astounding and purest form.

“Life is interspersed with joy and pain.
You need to lose if you wish to gain.”

~ Ecstasy, Prasupta Roy

Blaze: A Son’s Trial By Fire (Book Review)

“Blaze: A Son’s Trial By Fire is a true story of a boy named Divyansh Atman written by his parents Niddhi Poddar and Sushil Poddar.

It’s the story of a child suffering from cancer and the tribulations of his parents and caregivers. But it’s not a typical story of pain and suffering. Rather, it’s a heart-warming and soul-stirring tale of surprising strength, courage and determination.

The worst thing about cancer is that it makes one die a thousand times before the actual death. But that’s not the case with the spiritually evolved hero of the story: Divyansh Atman. Always finding the strength to force his way through life, the boy is truly an “embodiment of courage and self-determination in the face of adversities”.
And it is with this strength in their hearts that his proud parents find the inspiration to pen such an emotional yet powerful tale of their inspiring son. And it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Divyansh too played his own role as a writer in this book. The novel is replete with his thoughts, his messages, his beliefs as well as snippets from his poems and articles. The title of each chapter of the book is either titles of his poems or the lines from his poetry. Even the book’s title is actually the title of a poem he wrote!

The story proudly presents Divyansh as a powerful force of nature. Even death failed to bend the spirit of his soul. He emerged victories in the end with the greatest triumph of his life. True, Divyansh came to earth with a purpose: the purpose to show the world the true meaning of light and life.

“Blaze” is a powerful attempt to capture the inspiring journey of Divyansh Atman who always believed in living a meaningful life, a life that has the power to impact the lives of the people around. It’s a book that’s sure to make the readers reflect on the power of the human spirit and discover a new strength within themselves.

The book ends with the chapter “And He Lives On” which is actually the collection of all the inspiring poems that Divyansh Atman wrote. And true to its title, he lives on… through his poetry, amid the people whose life he touched and within the heart of every single reader who picked up this amazing book.

Nine (Book Review)

“Life can be a mean sprint or a well-timed marathon but how you choose to run is up to you.”

~”Nine”, Vineet Singh Hukmani

Created with the unique concept of weaving together songs and stories, “Nine” by Vineet Singh Hukmani captivates the readers at the first glance.

True to its title, “Nine” is an anthology of nine thrilling stories based on nine optimistic songs composed by the writer Vineet Singh Hukmani himself.

All the stories are simple but have a strong emotional appeal that connects with the readers instantly. Every story has a subtle thrill factor working at the background that keeps our eyes glued to the book till the very last line. There is something truly magnetic about these stories that attracts the readers towards the book.

The unique aspect of the book is that each story has a corresponding song attached to it. The QR code at the end of each story takes the readers to the song where they can rediscover the essence of the tales. The amazing songs truly enhance our experience of reading the stories while the tales magnifies the joy of listening to the music. Every story ends with the anticipation of the song which is to arrive next. The songs and the stories are so tightly knit together that it’s impossible to separate one from the other.

Another fascinating thing about this book is that it combines different genres together. There is fantasy, there is science fiction, there is spirituality, there is psychology, there is romance and a lot more! But one thing that’s common is the thrill of delving into the mystery and suspense and then discovering one’s way through them.

“It’s the things we can’t see, that work quietly, that save us every day!”

~”Nine”, Vineet Singh Hukmani

A light-hearted comic tone is maintained all through the book, even while describing serious issues so as to make the reading journey a comfortable one. Humour is sprinkled over the suspense and the cloak of optimism cover the mystery, and the book becomes simply unputdownable.

The fast-paced narration with the ease of language ensures that the readers don’t doze off anywhere at the middle of the ride but enjoy the roller-coaster journey with heightened curiosity and strongest attention.

All the stories are neatly woven. Ample time is given to character development and growth. The book truly has the magnificent power to divulge a lot within a short span of time and pages! And the best thing about the stories is that they all have happy endings.

A subtle morality aspect plays at the background of each story where the readers is made to realize the purpose of weaving such a tale. Even in its simple plots, the book is sure to make the readers ponder and possibly change them in a beautiful way.

All in all, the stories and songs from “Nine” by Vineet Singh Hukmani is sure to stir something deep within the readers and leave them yearning for more at the end of it.

“Love is as old as life itself and because there is life there will always be love!”

~”Nine”, Vineet Singh Hukmani

Flight Feathers (Book Review)

“Listen to the language of hearts;
For all it sounds the same,
Play of words is just a form of art.”

‘Earthy and ecstatic fragrances’ as Poetess Shubneet Kaur calls her collection of poems in “Flight Feathers”, the book truly smells like the sublime touch of nature and feels like the brush of soothing emotions.

“Nature plays its songs in a muffled voice.
Spirit looks for its concealed meanings
in the world of chaotic noise.”

Brewed with the essence of her deepest emotions, the poems have the power to stir something deep within the heart of the readers and reconnect us to the spirit of love and Nature. The beautiful nature pictures that adorn the book increase our experience of tasting poetry manifold.

“Listen to her clamant voice,
I deeply feel within a power unknown.
A storm is soaring but in a silent tone!”

All the poems have a serene tone that brings a overpowering peace to the heart and quitens the mind. Be it through the tranquility of nature or the passion of love, the book silently brings about a subtle stillness into the atmosphere that produces a calming effect on the soul.

“I come to you in search of calm,
Love-laden branches of trees,
Lure me with their open arms.”

Even within its soft and mild tone, the poems have the power to inspire, motivate and encourage. They serve to strengthen our heart and brighten our soul.

“My soul will sing a new song for me.
Let them play the music of despair.
I am an inferno;
You cannot dim my flare!”

The poems are short and simple yet they speak volumes. Forbidden memories, hidden pains, unforgettable moments, childhood nostalgia and past experiences seep in through the poems and leads the readers on their journey of reminiscence.

“The lovely memory of those years appears
as the fragrance of rare winter flowers.”

Nature gets intertwined with love and life in such a tight embrace that it’s hard to separate one from another. It reminds us how our soul is eternally tied to the strings  of nature and there is an inseparable connection between us.

“In the beauty of nature lies my inner peace.
I will be always coming to you
Whenever I want my mind to sleep.”

The book of poetry deals with multiple themes: the beauty of nature, lost love, broken heart, friendship, parental embrace, God’s magnificence, faith and hope, kindness and compassion, words of wisdom and the volley of experiences that life throws at us. But one thing that’s constant is the heartfelt emotions behind each verse which will make the readers reflect upon their thoughts and feelings for a long time.

“Open eyes show us
how far we have come.
When closed, the nostalgic
past unveils itself.”

The depth of emotions and the weight of powerful words are sure to bear fruits within the souls of the readers and make its permanent place in their heart, turning the book into an unforgettable memory.

“Let these gladiolus buds bloom their magic,
Their life will become a book filled with
magnificent experiences and ecstatic.”

Nature mingles with human emotions to evolve into a beautiful art of poetry to be forever enclosed within the pages of the book “Flight Feathers” by Shubneet Kaur.
The book has the power to transform us to another world of heightened emotions. The essence of the poems are sure to last long after the readers have finished reading, leaving them spellbound with the verses echoing within their mind as they sit back and bask in silence.

“This journey is for once;
Unravel its conundrums,
Bloom the tree of life.”

Fated to Live (Book Review)

“Sometimes it is necessary to move towards danger and face it head on instead of running away.”

~Fated to Live, C. Phillip

Mystical, bold, mysterious and thrilling, “Fated to Live” by author C. Phillip is the first book of the life and exploits of Princess Amodini that tells the tale of the lost princess of Amritambu.

Satya alias Princess Amodini was living a simple yet secretive life as a medical student at Satvikshila in the Kingdom of Satayu. Her life was quite peaceful and her inborn power of using healing magic to cure people was completely hidden before her chance encounter with Veerata. Her kind heart forced her to heal an old battle wound of the young general in the hope of liberating Satvikshila from a tyrant lord.

But it landed her into a big trouble when impressed by her mystical talent, Veerata seeks her help to save the life of a dancer from Videha. Being a healer by birth and a medical student by profession, Satya couldn’t really turn down the request. But it’s a request that would require her to enter into an enemy kingdom where every moment she has to live in the fear of exposing her identity and secret healing power to her sworn enemy. Whether she will be lucky enough to heal the dancer without disclosing her truth identity and hidden secrets is for time to tell.

Science and history intermingles with magic in the book to create the charming background for a mystical narration. Magical elements surrounds the book whose setting runs thousands of years behind. Mythically speaking, the rich history of India is often imagined in mystical terms and author C. Phillip explores that magical imagination to weave her fascinating novel around.

The author employs in-depth descriptive and narrative technique to impart the tale with a realistic effect. And such meticulous is her attempt that it makes the story come alive in front of the eyes, forcing the readers to lose themselves in the tale and begin to think it as real.

Thrill and mystery cover the entire book making it hard to put it down even for a moment. The magic, suspense and dark secrets that surrounds the story further renders the book unputdownable. The readers are always kept on their toes with the fast-paced narration and mysterious tone. The nail-bitting suspense ensures that we are always on the edge of our seats waiting for the mystery to unfold and wondering ‘what happens next’.

Love too appears in between to cut the tense situations with the tenderness of two hearts. Princess Amodini and General Veerata could feel the passionate emotion surge through their innocent hearts every time they meet. And yet, their love for one another is a forbidden desire which is another secret to be kept hidden from the world.

Similar to C.Phillip’s previous novels, this book too revolves around a strong female character. But the story focuses more on the development of the lead character and we witness Princess Amodini rise from her submissive self to the bold woman that she is fated to become.

The book doesn’t quite end in an acute cliffhanger but the captivating ending definitely captures the readers’ attention by promising them the story of the bold Princess to be unveiled at the upcoming sequel.

Author C. Phillip ensures that her the first book of the Princess Amodini series, “Fated to Live” ends on the note that would spike our curiosity and leave us craving for more, surging our desire to dive into the sequel.

“If I am fated to live in this new life, then I choose to live on my own terms. I will not give up my new purpose.”

~Fated to Live, C. Phillip

Celebrating Rabindra Jayanti with Tagore’s Core Ideology: Unity

With the threat of grey clouds hovering over our head, we gathered to celebrate Rabindra Jayanti on the streets of our small town, Rishra. The promise of a heavy shower was lingering all through the programme, yet we continued with our celebration under the open sky.

For, what could be a greater tribute to the Romantic Poet than celebrating his birth anniversary amid the lap of Nature and with numerous people united by one single string?

Tribute to the Romantic Poet

Throughout his life, Tagore was always the one to preach for unity—between rich and poor, men and women, Hindus and Muslims, young and old, nature and civilisation, ancient and modern.

Be it through the art he produced or by giving new meaning of eternal bonds to the rituals of Rakhi Bandhan and Dol Yatra—Rabindranath Tagore stood as the emblem of harmony.  

Decades after his journey to the higher Abode, we couldn’t walk too far away from his core ideology.

Photography By: Krishnakoli Nayek

Perhaps that is the reason why this Rabindra Jayanti, all the members from different cultural associations of Rishra responded to the call of the organisers, Rishra Basanta Utsav Udjapan Samity and teamed together to bring to life the greatest celebration of the era.

Singers of the Rabindra Jayanti Celebration

It was the reason why hundreds of singers tuned their voices together to sing Rabindra-sangeet while hundreds of dancers tapped their feet together to perform Rabindranitya swinging to the melody.

Dancers of the Rabindra Jayanti Celebration

The organisers also took care to unite nature with civilisation—a concept that was always on top of Tagore’s mind. And that’s the reason why the entire programme was performed right on the middle of the street, without the privilege of any hall, stage or shade over our head.

Photographed by: Khayati Chitalia

It was the Poet’s lifelong appeal to belong to a place without any boundaries, limits or restrictions. Almost all his works are spun around this notion of absolute freedom which can only be achieved amid the wings of Nature.

Finally this year, Tagore was freed from the confines of the four walls and thrown into the lap of nature under the open sky—a place where he truly belonged!

The Poet freed onto the Streets, amid the Nature

The smell of unity and harmony covered the entire celebration.

Everything worked together with a smooth synchronisation. Not only did the singers and dancers cooperate within their own selves but also collaborated with one another to create the on-stage harmony.

The symphony was complimented by the comeback of the old tradition of scouts. Four boys stood tall, ready to escort the eminent personalities and welcome them to the show with loud cheers.

The Boy Scouts

Tagore must have felt really proud witnessing the moment come alive with such a passionate celebration of his creations.

The Singers singing Rabindra-sangeet

It was truly a rare sight to behold. Words simply fail to describe the feeling such a scene creates in the heart of those who deeply loves Tagore.

The Dancers performing Rabindranitya

The unique idea to bring Kobiguru back to life with such an extraordinary performance deserves a huge applause. It was only a few minutes’ affair, but the enormous impact that it left upon our mind is sure to last a lifetime.

And, it is with acts like this that the soul of Tagore will forever be alive…

The Soul of Kobiguru will Forever be Alive…

Mythology Through a Realistic Lens | Author Interview: Mayank Shridhar

In this world, there are two kinds of people. One, who believes in the mythological tales and another, who brushes them off as just stories. But author Mayank Shridhar chooses to tread on the middle path. He believes that mythological tales are indeed real, but there is always a logical angle to look at them.

And with this belief, streaming from something his mother once said, our author pens down his novel “Krishna at the Mansarovar”. The book retales the mythological story of Krishna and Balram, not from the fantastical perspective that we know it to be, but approaches it from a realistic angle.

The Book: Krishna at the Mansarovar

In this book, Krishna and Balram are no longer any divine characters but two simple boys with unlimited dedication and extraordinary talents.  Meticulously, the author has set the mythological characters against a historical background. All the while, his intention was never on defying the original tale, but focussed on conveying a beautiful message at the end.

Recently, I had this grand opportunity of having a little conversation with author Mayank Shridhar where we talked about the innovative aspects of his book “Krishna at the Mansarovar”. Come, let’s explore how the author skilfully depicts mythology through a realistic lens.

Author: Mayank Shridhar

Q.   How did the idea strike you to write such a book?

A: When I was a kid, my mother once commented that perhaps all our mythical characters were great people in the past, who over time, have come to be revered as divine. The thought stuck, and whenever I would read a mythological tale, I would let my imagination run wild, trying to search for reasonable, rational events that might have occurred instead of magical, fantastical ones. I wrote a blog, as a precursor to this book, but later decided to narrate it as a realistic, pragmatic tale.

Q.   Can you share the experience of your writing journey so far?

A: Writing has been one of my favourite hobbies ever since I was a child. I have written poems and short stories in school and served as the editor of my college magazine. I am also an ardent blogger, writing on various topics such as technology, sports, and music, as well as about cherished experiences such as attending rock concerts and other events. Many of my technology whitepapers and viewpoints have been officially published, prior to my debut in the world of fiction.

Q.   The book is described to be “a narration of how fact could possibly be the basis of fantasy”. Can you elaborate a little on the idea you wish to convey here?

A: The first line of my book’s blurb says, “Mythological tales are palimpsests”. I truly believe that most of the characters mentioned in our epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana existed, and that the events mentioned in them also occurred but not necessarily in the form described. When wise gurus and sages wrote about those events, they might have incorporated metaphorical references about common life; when they wrote about people, they might have aggrandized characters to highlight virtuous ideals. I am not a guru, but certainly have the liberty to re-interpret the story of Krishna’s marvellous success – the path that he walked.

Q.   What makes this genre of mythology so special to you?

A: Despite my leaning towards science, I was always fascinatedby mythologies. My liking is not limited to just Indian myths, but I am also fond of Egyptian, Norse, and Greek mythology, as well as many tales in the Bible. The eventual victory of Good over Evil in all of them excites me. 

Q.   Your book is a fascinating case of mythological retelling. Do you think the reimagination of mythological characters takes away their original aura or does it enhance them more?

A: I believe that a retelling of a tale set in a historical timeline with a realistic approach makes it more understandable and relatable for today’s generation. I am not attempting to re-write mythology, but simply telling a story where people view the characters as real personas rather than super-heroic ones with supernatural attributes. I feel that it makes the readers connect better with the characters.

Q. What, according to you, are the ethics of writing about mythological characters?

A: A great variety of books exist in the mythological genre, with some extolling undeniably positive attributes of historically negative characters such as Ravana and Duryodhana. Hence, I believe there is no set rule for this. However, we need to respect the opinion of the general populace and not offend it in any way, to the extent possible.

Q.   The story that you spun around the popular myth of Lord Krishna has many dissonances with the classical tale as we know it to be. What inspired you to retell the story from such unique perspective?

A: ‘Martial arts’ is another subject that has entranced me since my childhood. For Krishna to be able to accomplish those stupendous feats that we associate him with, I imagined that he must have possessed an excellent knowledge of martial arts. Hence, I wrote about Krishna and Balaram not as incarnations of God but as exceptional martial artists whose skills were so incredible, that they were revered to be divine.

Q. Along with mythology, the book also weaves in different geographical aspects and historical elements as its backdrop. How important was research to you for inculcating these elements into the story? How did you choose to go about your research procedure?

A: I researched various subjects pertinent to the period of Krishna’s existence: a scientific estimate of his birth date and the possible timing of the Mahabharata war, the kingdoms which existed during that timeline, and the kinds of weapons that were used in war. My research was mostly online as I was able to read diverse articles with contrasting views on certain topics. Corroborating it with the history of civilization, I was able to overlay my story (which is based on mythical characters) with a logical set-up in the backdrop.

Q.   Which part(s) of the book did you enjoy writing the most and why?

A: The fifth chapter “The Mystery warrior” is the one that I enjoyed writing the most. It features a guest appearance from a favourite legendary character whom everyone would be able to identify. This is also the first incident where martial arts make an entry into the story, at a point where only a divine intervention could improve a hopeless situation. It is up to the readers to trace divinity in story from that point on.

Q. Balram has always been portrayed as someone who stood undefeated in every single fight. But your book chose to project otherwise in the duel between Balram and Shennong. What’s the motive behind such a different portrayal?

A: It is only a training bout, Balram’s first wrestling match in a new place and more pertinently, encountering a style he is not acquainted with. The latter part is key, as my book lays emphasis on martial arts, training and learning through struggle. I am sure that all great warriors have suffered their share of losses in the training arena. I have attempted to recount an evolutionary transformation in Krishna and Balaram through their sheer hard work, practice, and rigorous training. Hence, I chose not to show them as unbeatable from the get-go, as that defeats the purpose of my book.

Q. Lord Krishna is forever depicted as someone with divine powers. Yet, you chose to present him without his divinity but as a human with extraordinary talents. Why is that so?

A: The divinity of mythical figures is perhaps a method of “teaching through story-telling” devised by the gurus to teach people without having to preach. Maybe they did so to give role models to common people, who would then be encouraged to follow the path of righteousness. There are broadly two kinds of people – those who believe that all events depicted in the myths happened as they are mentioned in the books, and those who dismiss it as just stories. I have adopted a middle path, wherein I assume that the people and events mentioned in our myths were real when stripped of all allegorical references.

Q. Do you think mythological tales have certain realistic stories hidden in them?

A: I truly believe that if we remove the fantastic aspects from our myths, then we are staring at our history, not mythology. The similarity between ancient tales, such as the “great floods” mentioned in the Matsya avatar and Noah’s Ark, makes me feel that we will never quite be able to look so far back in the past to know the truth. We can, at best, guess.

Q. Did you face any challenges while presenting the miraculous tale of Lord Krishna from a pragmatic perspective, devoid of all miracles?

A: I spent a lot of late nights thinking about how to weave miraculous events into my story. Some, such as Krishna dancing atop a ten-hooded snake, fitted into my story in the form of a dream. Some, such as Krishna, a small child lifting a mountain, could not. Hence, I focussed on the broad chronology – the birth of Krishna in a cell, transporting him to Gokul across the river, and eventually the death of Kansa at the hands of Krishna. What leads to Krishna becoming capable of performing the last feat is what my story comprises.

Q. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of writing mythological fiction?

A: I have written my book more from a historical perspective than a mythological one, which also helped me connect all the dots. I feel that it is extremely important to write the story as skillfully as possible and present content which readers can relate to and enjoy. Thankfully, my publisher (Petals Publishers and Distributors) and literary agency (The Book Bakers) appreciated my approach.

Q. What do you hope your readers to take away from this book?

A: That our mythologies mirror recognizable and non-recognizable aspects of our life. Mirrors can distort images or enhance them. For mythologies, the truth lay in subjects in the distant past, which we might never fully comprehend or understand. Much like real life, real people and real relationships.

Our best wishes are with Mayank Shridhar for his outstanding novel “Krishna at the Mansarovar” and for all his upcoming books that are soon to light the world of literature.


Mayank Shridhar is a successful technologist and has published numerous white papers on Information Technology. Despite a leaning towards software, Mayank has contributed articles and poems actively to school newsletters and college papers, also serving as an editor of his college magazine. Mulling over fantasy stories from mythologies across the world, Mayank’s curiosity is always piqued by historical  details, creative imaginations as well as scientific facts.

With a gold medal in Computer Engineering, numerous industry accolades and several chess tournaments under his belt, his ideas and creative writing zeal have found expression in the publication of this book, which is a narration of how fact could possibly be the basis of fantasy.

Mayank lived and worked in several countries before striking roots in Bengaluru, India. To his friends, he remains the same guy with whom they grew up in Ranchi—passionate about his beliefs, an avid fan of rock music, animal lover, and an accomplished chess player.


Mythological tales are palimpsests, told and retold over time to bring out much-loved aspects.

Set during the Dwapar Yuga, the power-hungry Kansa wishes to expand his dominion from Mathura to Dwarka to control the lucrative sea-trade. Rebels in his kingdom employ devious means to create a rift between Kansa, and his sister, Devaki’s family. Kalaka, Kansa’s chief strategist, throws a net of spies across the Vrishni kingdom to find the boys, Balaram and Krishna, living in Gokul with foster parents. Foreshadowed by a prophecy that named Kansa’s nephews as his nemesis, their lives are in constant peril. It sets in motion a host of events for which the boys are completely unprepared. 

Krishna and Balaram race through dense, dark forests while being chased by Kansa’s assassins and Asuras. Unforeseen help comes their way, and they embark upon a six-year-long adventure beyond the Himalayas, escaping to an unknown realm near the Kailash Mansarovar. They learn new ways of life and combat techniques, which seem otherworldly to their countrymen upon their return. 

This fantasy does not delve into stupendous miracles but trims the grandiose from lives that were perhaps extraordinary. An exploration of social and geographical aspects known through the historical timing of civilization serves as a backdrop.

There may be dissonances with classical prose to allow for a pragmatic verve in the storytelling, which emerged from the realization that life’s infinitesimal details can be told in myriad ways, and some questions have no definitive answers. For example, how were the kingdoms politically divided five thousand years ago? What kinds of Divyastras existed before the Iron Age? What is the significance of martial arts in our assessment of a warrior’s divinity? Will Krishna, a young cowherd from Gokul, manage to kill a warrior king as mighty as Kansa?