Book Review : Kartikeya: The Destroyer’s Son by Anuja Chandramouli

A huge thanks to the author for sharing me her beautiful work and giving me the opportunity to experience her work and express my honest opinion of her work. Mythology is a very delicate subject to handle, since, these stories are carved into the hearts of million so strong that it is impossible to play with it creatively without disturbing the sensitivity of these stories and its perception for the readers but i was impressed by Kartikeya: The Destroyer’s Son by Anuja Chandramouli

Kartikeya: The Destroyer’s Son by Anuja Chandramouli- Official Synopsis


Unravel the puzzle that is the mysterious and misunderstood son of Mahadeva.
Kartikeya was born from the flames of a desperate need, an ardent desire and an utmost devastation. In him was distilled the terrible powers of Mahadeva, at its fiercest and most deadly. Although he fought many wars and slew many tyrants, his gifts to humanity have always been those of mercy, compassion and love. What makes this possible?
For Kartikeya, there have always been more questions than answers. Did he really walk away from his family over a piece of fruit? What about the women in his life—was he the ravisher he is at times accused of being, or the protector of women? Was he the violent warrior who revelled in bloodlust, or a gentle family man? What was his relationship with his more popular sibling, Ganesha?
Anuja Chandramouli weaves together myth, imagination and folklore while looking to answer these questions and recreates for modern readers the story of one of the most enigmatic gods—Kartikeya.

Kartikeya: The Destroyer’s Son – RWAT Take

One of the aspects that would come to attention while reading this book is its language. its a double sided sword that can cut sharp into the readers. I found two aspects with the language. At one side each lines are coiled and lengthy carrying heavy details and meaning. On the other hand it is a beauty in words. some of the lines were actually swoon worthy with its poetic quality. The language is an art for this book. It is a bit difficult but beautiful at the same time. For me personally, i absolutely loved the language. It made all the difference for me in the book

The other important aspect was the treatment of the plot. It definitely wasn’t a child’s play and i absolutely adore the boldness and the creative risk, the author had taken especially considering how sensitive and vulnerable religious aesthetics run in India. i am pretty sure that there would be at least a small group of readers who would have their eyes bulging at the way the narration movies. That is why i felt the book was amazing because the narration and the way the author decided to narrate the popular mythology is super impressive nevertheless a really bold step

It was really surprising and interesting to see the mythological story of Kartikeya treated with a twist and along the plains like never before and with poetic strokes to make it satin smooth and stand out among its likes. The book definitely is a must try version


One of the reasons, why you should pick this book is for its language quality and the poetic strokes. It definitely makes the book stand apart and worth picking up even if you feel that the core plot is something you have already read and well aware and may not have anything new to offer. Its for the language and the unique narrative treatment that you should consider picking this book


Also Check out for review of  Yama’s Lieutenant by The author 

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