Sunday, 25 May 2014

Path of the Swan by Charu Singh Book Review

Path of the Swan The Maitreya Chronicles: Part 1 by Charu Singh Book Review

Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN: 978-93-5009-673-4
Year of Publication: 2014
No. Of Pages: 443
Cover: Paperback
Language: English
Type: Fiction
Price: 499
Rating: 4.5/5

My View

First of all when any author sends a copy of the book directly to you, that book will be very precious for the lifetime, same happened to me, when Charu Singh couriered this wonderful book. This book is a Indian-Tibetan version of Harry Porter, it’s a fantasy fiction based on mythology of Tibet Buddhism, each character are very well described by the author, the plot is excellent and the story is very well intertwined, reading this book, it feels like roaming in the celestial world of Shambala.  

The book begins when Lama Ozer and his young novitiate Tashi as they leave the hidden monastery in answer to a call received to Lama Ozer from legendary kingdom of Shambala. Then, the world of Buddhism is very well described by author by introducing dakinis, lamas and monastery gompas, asuras, princes of Shambalas, mantras and magic’s of prince A-KarO, Goddess Tara her daughter Yeshe, Prince Narasimha and legacy of Shambala. This book is a mesmerizing saga of good on evil. As described in many mythologies of the world that a messiah will born and safe this world from sins and evil. This is also very inspirational book to the readers, providing the insightful for the self-discovery and spiritual fulfilment.       

Without providing the full plot, pick this book from the store it is a fun to read, where you will find mantras, magic, adventure of an unknown world of God and Goddesses. This book is a thriller where you will find mystery, strange villains and super heroes. Path of the Swan is the first book of the trilogy; I highly recommend reading this book. This book is a result of a great research done by the author Charu Singh on Buddhism. Eagerly waiting for the second part of The Maitreya Chronicles. 

A heartily thank to the author Charu Singh for providing this book. 

 The blurb at end of the book

A moment of intense silence followed and then the Rigden spoke up, his voice even: ‘You have all been called today before the sacred court and from now, in every breath, in every heartbeat, in the shadow of every moment, in the intensity of the thoughtless state, in life, and in not-life, in physical or subtle form, we declare you our emissaries, our sacred envoys to the world of men. Shambala has a task for you...’

Lama Ozer and his novitiate Tashi leave the hidden monastery where they have lived all their lives in answer to a call from the legendary kingdom of Shambala received by the lama while deep in trance.

Battling the freezing cold and snow of high, mist-laden mountain passes and the many evil forces that thwart their progress, they trek through Sikkism and Tibet to arrive at the Silver Fortress. Here they meet a host of divine and dark celestial beings, including the golden dakini, Yeshe Nam Lha, daughter of the Goddess Tara; Prince A-KarO, heir to the Lha Empire; and Prince Narasimha, heir to the Rigdens and the Shambala legacy. Both the princes are Yeshe’s guardians and suitors, and she must travel with them to Earth where it is decreed that her child, Maitreya, the saviour, will be born. But before that happens they have the Asur forces to combat, and the dark prince Arden, who holds Yeshe captive, enthralled by his brooding menace, bewitched by his spell.

Drawing richly from the vast pantheon of otherworldly, beings that populate the myths of the Mahayana school of Buddhism, Path of the Swan, the first part of the surreally beautiful Tibetan-Buddhist fantasy series The Maitreya Chronicles, is a mesmerizing saga of the battle between celestials and dark forces, and the descent of the celestials to Earth.

About Author:

Charu Singh grew up in Chandigarh and spent her holidays in Kathgarh, in her grandparents' fort in the Shivalik hills. The forests and fields surrounding the fort became her haunt for many adventures and exploration of local legends. She studied at the Punjab University in Chandigarh and after completing her education left for the North East where she worked as a freelance researcher for Unicef. She has since worked with The Asian Age, Frontline and Tribune. She is also a classical dancer, trained in Odissi and Kathak. She is deeply interested in the spiritual and has explored Buddhism and Hinduism as well as other religions. She has lived for a substantial time in India's north-east including Sikkim, Assam and Manipur and has also lived in Kashmir and Moscow. She is now based in New Delhi where she lives with her husband and son.