India is a land of deep cultural memory. Perhaps nowhere else in the world do people have active conversations and shape their lives around stories that have been written thousands of years ago. Mythology, for us, is not just mythology; it’s a way of life.
So we’ve put together five great books that not only retell the stories of yore but also bring them alive. You can win a bundle of all five books for free if you participate in this giveaway.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post to learn how.
Book 1: Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar
Krishna Udayasankar is a graduate of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, and holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Nanyang Business School, Singapore, where she presently works as a lecturer. Krishna’s bestselling debut series of mytho-historical novels, The Aryavarta Chronicles (Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra) (Hachette India, 2012, 2013, 2014) have received critical acclaim.
She lives in Singapore with her family, which includes three bookish canine-children, Boozo, Zana and Maya, who are sometimes to be found at her laptop, trying in vain to make her writing better.
Book 2: The Thirteenth Day by Aditya Iyengar
Aditya Iyengar is a writer based in Mumbai. He’s spent a greater part of his writing career in advertising and television winning awards and critical acclaim (mostly from his mother and brother who unfortunately still encourage him). Though not accustomed to writing about himself in the third-person, he has discovered a sudden liking for it. In fact, he will begin to address himself as…oh, word limi
Book 3: Shakti: The Divine Feminine
Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named in a poll conducted by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Her third book, Shakti: The Divine Feminine is the definitive work on the Mother Goddess and is gracing best – seller lists everywhere.
Currently she is working on her next awesome book and waiting expectantly for that big fat royalty cheque that will allow her to fill her swimming pool with pink champagne after she builds it with her Booker Prize money.
Book 4: Pradyumna: Son of Krishna
A gold-medallist in English, Usha Narayanan blitzed through a career in advertising, radio and corporate communications before becoming a bestselling author. Her second novel is the chartbuster ‘Pradyumna: Son of Krishna’ (Penguin Books), with the sequel scheduled for a mid-2016 release. Her third book, ‘Love, Lies and Layoffs’ (Harlequin HarperCollins) is a lighthearted office romance that hit the shelves in Oct 2015.
When she’s not juggling writing, editing and interviews, Usha reads everything from thrillers to romances, provided her cat isn’t fast asleep on her Kindle. She loves travel, movies, Jack Reacher, Game of Thrones and taking mad leaps of faith.
Book 5: The Rise of Hastinapur by Sharath Komarraju
Sharath Komarraju is an author of fiction and nonfiction based in Bangalore, India. Once a software engineer, now he writes professionally, and on lazy days he watches cricket and talks to his wife (often at the same time). His most well-known work is the ‘Hastinapur’ series, in which he tells the story of the Mahabharata from the point of view of the epic’s lesser known female characters.
How does the giveaway work?
- There are five book bundles up for grabs. Each bundle contains each of the above five books.
- In order to throw your name into the hat, leave a comment under this post.
- In your comment, EITHER tell us about your favourite mythology-related memory (favourite character, story etc), OR you can ask any of our featured authors a question about their works.
- We will randomly select five out of all the comments that we get and announce them as winners.
- You can leave a maximum of two comments. We will count both comments as entries, meaning that your chances of winning will increase if you leave two comments instead of one.
- When you click on ‘Leave a comment’ below, you will be prompted in a separate field to enter your email address. Please enter a valid email address here, because all winners will be contacted on the email address they leave behind. Note: Please don’t enter your email address as part of your comment, because then it will be publicly visible to everyone.
When does the giveaway end?
The last date for your comment is Monday, 11th January, 2015. Any comment that we receive after that will not be counted toward the giveaway.
When are the winners announced?
Winners will be announced on Monday, 18th January, 2015. They will be announced as a comment to this blog post, so please keep a tab on it. Winners will also be contacted via the email they leave behind when they enter the comment. So please make sure it is an email that you check regularly.
What is the purpose of the giveaway?
The main purpose of the giveaway is to allow authors and readers a platform to converse about the topic they like: in this case, mythology. So whether you leave a comment about your favourite mythological character or whether you ask a direct question, expect one (or more) of our featured authors to respond. We hope this will be a great way to bridge the gap between us and you.
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