Boons & Curses by Yugal Joshi.

The Blurb: 

It is said that Kunti fulfilled her desires and ambitions through her sons, the Pandavas, resulting in the bloodbath in Kurukshetra. And once the truth struck her she sought help from Krishna to get rid of her guilt. Krishna became Kunti’s moral guardian, a conversation began, from which emerged fascinating tales of women in mythology. In this brilliant retelling, Kunti is placed at the central of the novel and running parallel to her universe are the stories of Aditi and Diti, the primordial mothers, the rebellious Soorpanakha, the independent Sanjana and Tara, trendsetters such as Anusuya, intrigues of Kaikeyee and Kaikasi, the helpless Gandhari, the self-sacrificing Devaki’s and the selfless Yashoda. These are the stories of resolve, exploits, revenge, sacrifice, and affection—taken together they give us a deeper understanding of the legendary women in India.

My Take: 

Boons & Curses is a book that has been translated into many languages and is the debut novel written by the author Yugal Joshi. And reading it brings back the memory of watching Mahabharat, full of magical and intriguing. 

The story starts with the tale of 5 Pandavas and it's a story of a time when God walked among humans. While reading you may be familiar with the story but the narration and detailed descriptions makes it more interesting. The author Yugal Joshi has impressively expressed the emotions and smooth flow of the storyline.

I liked how the author Yugal Joshi has developed and managed the time phase of the story, at some point, the narration moved directly to the end scene and at another point the narration went through each scene, making it a perfectly balanced story. 

The description of characters, the backstory, the portray of different personalities are written uniquely and with grace by the author Yugal Joshi. He is a talented & skilled writer and you can see his hard work through this book. 

So take your favorite hot beverage, sit by a window, and read this amazing book, I guarantee you will be transferred to an era with kings, politics, kingdoms, gods, a magical period that you will never forget. 

Overall loved reading this magical and intriguing book. So click here and read now Boons & Curses the debut novel written by the author Yugal Joshi.


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