Author Name: Sakshi Kiran
Book name: 9 Yards of silk
Shakuntala lives with her son Bharat in a deep forest. One fine day Bharat reminds her of his father, resulting to upset her. As the child goes out to play a celestial maiden Menaka appears in front of her who offers friendship, suggesting to share their stories with each other. Menaka tells her about Kaushik, a sage to whom she was sent by Indra for disturbing his fierce penance and how they ended up falling for one another. Shakuntala also shares her story of meeting and marrying the charming prince of Hastinapur who later abandoned her. During the conversation Shakuntala finds blessings in her life, why she was abandoned by parents at birth and how her estranged husband was just a victim of circumstances for leaving her. After Menaka’s departure, Dushyant returns to her in the hope of reuniting with family. Now it is Shakuntala’s turn to decide. What would she choose?
- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS (2017)
- ISBN-10: 9384315788
- ISBN-13: 978-9384315788
Nine yards of silk is a mythological but interesting book. We already learned more or less the story of Dushyant and Sakuntala maybe, but not in details. Cause Grand maa told us the summary of the story, just to cherish us. This script is a fast read for me as it’s gripping from the start. I like the narration and concept of the book. Yes, you can recommend this volume to any age of soul.
Now getting to the tale of the script. It began with a dejected scene, where Sakuntala was sitting on a stone. The insult meted to her at the royal place was horrible for her. Why she lived there and what had happened you will know later in the script. She exists in the mysterious forest with her only son, Bharat. She evokes those beautiful moments spent in her father’s inheritance. She was in her deep thought and in between some voice heard in her spike. She worked and found a gorgeous Lady stand in front of her. The lady is none other than Menaka, the celestial maiden (Apsara of Heaven). Sometimes we can partake in our saddest part with someone to obtain respite from the woe. Both do the same thing and the story moving along. Other roles in the story are Dushyant- King of Hastinapur, the great sage Kaushik, Rishi Durvasa, Maharshi Kanva- Sakuntala foster father, Lord Indra and others. All are related to each other and Why Menaka comes near to Sakuntala? why she shares her story with sakuntala? All things will get clearer at the end of the book. So much suspense lies in beneath this book so it’s safer to not expose any portion of it.
I didn’t find any flaws in this book and it was a good read. Language is meek and eloquent. The author tried her best to convey the old tale in front of but for me there was nothing new as I already recognize this tale. I appreciated the author’s effort on this book and just desire to propose one thing, we will eagerly wait for her next book, but that should be an untold story known by few people. In any case, I will recommend this book to avid readers for sure.
My Overall Rating: 3.5/5
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