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Bramhakamal by Lalsa Verma : Book Review

Author: Lalsa Verma
Publisher: Notion Press

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The way it started with two parallel plots, one with Kaveri and one with Avanti from the birth of Prabhas and Nitya to their carefree and devoted childhood days. The author gives the readers a glimpse of the auspicious rituals and traditions that devadasi must follow.

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Some books show us how to love, and some books show us how to be in love with Love.

With her Diary, she waited at the window, waiting for the Bramhakamal to grow, same as her love for Prabhas, will this love story have a happy end? Will the love story of devadasi find respect in society?

Brahmakamal by Lalsa Verma published by Notion Press is a beautiful book that I will surely reread. It’s a beautiful story from the 11th century. It’s a story of Nitya, a Devdasi, an ever auspicious one who respects and follows all the traditions that her mother says until she met Prabhas.

I loved the storyline. The way it started with two parallel plots, one with Kaveri and one with Avanti from the birth of Prabhas and Nitya to their carefree and devoted childhood days.
The author gives the readers a glimpse of the auspicious rituals and traditions that devadasi must follow.

I fell in love with Nitya, the sweet little girl who followed everything her mother said to become a nityasumangali (Rudraganika) and the fearless, notorious Prabhas who was an excellent Musician.

I loved the way the author narrated and expressed the perspective of every character. The captivating narration and interesting writing style keep the readers hooked throughout.

I loved the way the author weaved the story with love, hate, anger, friendship, jealousy, excitement and pride. Yes, you can find each of the emotion in the characters that will make you curious.

The way each character is developed by the author is commendable. You will love the lil fights between Kaveri and Murali, Kaveri’s Pride, the friendship of Nitya and Toli, the sibling’s love between Vellu and Prabhas, Munddu Amma’s care and her story, Vaasantiji’s discipline, I loved each of them.

Each character had a story to tell and I loved how interestingly each layer unfolds, making the story more interesting. It’s not only about Nitya and Prabhas love, it’s about how Love is above All, How you need to take a stand against everything that comes your way. A smooth paced story that you are going to love.

Be it siblings bond of Vellu and Prabhas or Friendship of Toli and Nitya, I loved it. I loved the small fights between Murali and Kaveri, the way the author describes the culture, the rituals is mesmerizing.

This book is not only about Love, It’s about Friendship, Family and Expectations. It’s about that will to follow what you want and going against the odds. It’s about a supportive Munddu Amma who made Nitya fight for her Love. It’s about Vaasantaji’s will to protect her Favourite child, It’s about Nitya’s love for her mother, her duties. About Kaveri’s Pride, about her dreams.

It’s a book with layers of emotions and expectations. It’s about the wait just like the beautiful Bramhakamal Flower.

I loved all of them, every bit of the book. A beautiful book.

Summary:

devadasi is an ever-auspicious one, presiding over the temple rituals, entertaining the king and brought up to respect and follow traditions mindlessly. Nitya does all that unquestioningly until she meets Prabhas.

Prabhas, the young rebel who grew up in a devadasi household, finally mellows to become an excellent musician. But just as he readies for a duty-bound life ahead, he encounters Nitya.

As Kaveri, Nitya’s mother, and the town’s dashing chief Yugendra personify the social hierarchy, rigid customs and hypocrisy of the day to tear them apart, do Nitya and Prabhas stand a chance?

What survives? Love that knows no bounds or traditions that were the very essence of their existence?

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