Blurb: Everyone associated with Sri Krishna believes that their relationship with the deity is unique, which explains why every gopika felt that the Lord was dancing with her at the Maharaas. This is Sri Krishna’s magic and also His power that He becomes the centre of their existence. He has that effect on not just humans but on everything on the planet—both living and non-living. This book is about Sri Krishna’s relationship with nature; the Peacock, the Kadamba tree, the Flute, the herbal plant Tulsi, the Lotus, His cow Kamadhenu, the Conch and the Peepala tree. All of them believe that Keshava loves them the most, can this be true? Keshava, A Magnificent Obsession is the story of these special bindings, stories of passion, submission, devotion and of uncontainable desire.
About the author: Bhawana Somaaya has been a journalist for almost 40 years. She is a film critic, columnist and author of 14 books and they are a point of reference for students studying cinema at Whistling Woods, Manipal University and now JNU, Delhi. She has served on Advisory Panel of Film Certificate in India and is currently the Entertainment Editor at 92.7 Big FM Radio channel. Somaaya’s Krishna: The God who lived as Man released in 2008. Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession is her second offering to the deity. Somaaya was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2017.
Review: Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession is a affectionate tribute to the much-loved Lord Krishna and everything which is his – flute, the peacock feather, the conch, the lotus, Kamadhenu and the lovely gopikas who adore him. The descriptions are very lyrical in nature which made me a huge fan of the author. This is the first book I have read which is written by Bhawana Somaaya who has successfully grabbed me and also the other readers with her storytelling prowess, weaving a feeling of love and fascination for Lord Krishna. It doesn’t really matter if you believe in this deity or not, as this is an interesting book for both devotees and non-devotees of Krishna and it was an enthralling experience for me to read the associated legends. If you have ever wondered why flute, conch or peacock feather are an integral part of Lord Krishna’s life, you should read this book as the author explains how and when the eight wonders of – peacock, the flute, the conch, the lotus flower, Kamadhenu, the Tulsi plant , Kadamba and the Peepal trees came to be associated with the deity and slowly transformed into an obsession. The narrative of the book is strange introducing the readers to eight special stories of eight wonders of the Lord. The ninth story has Lord Krishna telling us himself why he loves all of them so dearly. This is author’s first writing course of action in the world of Lord Krishna and she has left no stone untouched here. The facts, the mythology, the science has opened up various perspectives for me to know the facts and understand the deity in a better way. I loved her writing. It is very expressive and distressing and very easy for a general inexperienced reader to clutch the content and knowledge. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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