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Matagathi ”Matagathi” by Ravi Belagere is an excellent book I re- read last year. It is in Kannada language, a regional language of  Karnataka(one of the states of India). Many years back I read  it for the first time from my school library  and liked the storyline. This book is about Black Magic and fight between good and evil. You might have heard about Black magic and witchcrafts around European countries but in India it has different dimensions.  It is more horrifying and hell lot of difficult for one to achieve this power. There are cults and tribes continuing this type of culture for real, away from modern generation. I have no idea how true it is but I have read and heard a lot of things about them. This book was not listed in Goodreads, so I had to add this book there before rating. This book must be a work of fiction but the procedures,things and facts involved about black magic are for real.

Matagathi means the lady who does black magic, more or less like a witch. This is the story of a ruthless lady named Tejamma, whose hunger for more power killed a lot of innocent people and started wars between powerful people. She used everyone who helped her to climb the steps to achieve magic and killed them heartlessly. Her husband and his entire family was killed for her to gain great power. But there is only one person who can beat her down that is Agninath from a special tribe called ”Aghoras”. Its a horrifying tale of dark magic and the procedures involved to get the power is shocking. It can shake anyone who reads about black magic and steps involved to get it right.

My rating: 4 out of 5. It has a sequel named ” Sarpa Sambandha” where a lot of dark magic and snakes are involved. Not a very pleasant topic but interesting. I have already read that book, I will be reviewing it soon.

 

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Palace of IllusionsI was always fascinated towards Mahabharata and Ramayana stories, two epics with great religious value. I grew up listening and reading sub stories related to this two great books. I was attracted to  few characters like Krishna, Panchali, Pandavas, Karna and Kauravas.  ”The Palace of illusions” is mainly about Panchali’s view of Mahabharata. Totally narrated by her, where she shows all her hidden emotions and feelings to the  readers.

The book starts from Panchali’s birth in fire along with her brother and goes on with her marrying legendary brothers Pandavas. She stays with them when they were cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchali unknowingly drawn to their quest and becomes a reason for civil war which sweeps out thousands of kings and soldiers. Even though she is born with a great reason she is a human after all. She feels love, revenge and anger like normal human being does. Her duels  with mother-in-law, hidden love for Karna who is her husbands enemy, complicated friendship with Krishna adds more to the story. Panchali is a fiery female who is a mere toy in hands of fate. Who’s palace of illusions caused only destruction.

While reading this book I kinda felt bad for Panchali. Her birth was unexpected and she was neglected by her father, then she had to reject her love for Karna against her wish and marry Arjuna. Then when she came to accept her fate and started to like Arjuna she was forced to marry all Pandavas to keep her mother-in-laws words. I could feel Pachali’s love for Karna in my heart and first time I understood the life of Panchali as a helpless but a strong woman who can change everyones life. I felt her frustration, disappointment and struggle trough out the book. If I ever write a story I would like to write about Urmila ( Laxmana’s wife) a character from Ramayana, whose sacrifice is not highlighted like other characters in the story.

What can be more tasty than a curry made from mixing different spices? Yes playing with spices and experimenting on food is something I always do, sometimes I get excellent result and sometimes end up spoiling the taste 🙂

I watched the movie Mistress of spices, Aishwarya Rai (as Tilo) and Dylan McDermott (as Doug aka Raven) long back, but today I read the novel, which was adapted into movie. A mythical, romantic, and spicy story of spice and the mistress of spices who is old, who has the gift of special powers to talk to spices and use it for welfare of human beings. Novel describes about Indians who came to America in search of different things. Tilo, the mistress of spices solve everybody’s problem by giving them different spices. But she can not use them for herself or fall in love with anybody. In spite of all the warnings she falls in love with a man. From here story is mainly about how she will fight back her desire for mortal life and love? How spices will punish her, will they leave her and go forever? What her Old one, who made her mistress of spices will do to stop her?

There are lot of difference between book and the movie. Movie does not say about pirates coming in ships and taking her away from her parents, it is pictured as a group of bandits. Movie does not show  any serpents helping her to reach the Island. Main difference is in the movie “Mistress” is not old lady, she is young and beautiful, there is no earthquake and powers are still with her. I felt the novel kind of boring in between.

This time for my surprise I liked the movie than book. In book it seemed so unreal, but in movie everything was so clear and seemed real to me.