Daily Archives: December 23, 2013

Book Review: Brahma Dreaming: Legends from Hindu Mythology by John Jackson

Brahma Dreaming by John Jackson Title: Brahma Dreaming: Legends from Hindu Mythology
Author: John Jackson
Illustrator: Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini
Publisher: JJ Books
ISBN: 978-0956921284
Genre: Graphic Novel, Mythology
Pages: 248
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5

Brahma is dreaming all of us. He is there, sleeping, dreaming us – we are but his dream. That somewhere is the premise of Hindu Mythology and connecting this, John Jackson gives us a graphic novel called, “Brahma Dreaming”. I would not really call it a graphic novel; it is more of a novel with some stunning black and white illustrations.
The novel is divided into three sections – tales of creation, tales of destruction and tales of preservation, all taken after the three Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Each section has its own mythological tales to it – from each perspective of course.

Jackson mostly understands Indian mythology and the illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini beautifully complement every single tale. To me it was more about drowning in the joint experience of the effort – it turned out very well.

Tales Of Creation

As an Indian, it came very easy for me to see mythology from a non-Indian perspective. In fact, I also wanted to see to what extent language or its interpretation would affect the book, however it did not. The tales are lucid and most of them are superbly written. His version of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are his own and that is what I loved the most about this book. He doesn’t try and subscribe to what was. The basic premise may be that, but I could sense a refreshing change as I turned the pages of this one.

Tales of Destruction

Every illustration and every story is in place. I could not get enough of this book. I only wish there was more to it. There is not a single flaw with this big book of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and somewhere down the line, I also hope that there is a sequel in store for us readers. A read not to be missed and I am glad I did not, while the year is ending.

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387 Short Stories: Day 14: Story 14: The Portrait of a Lady by Khushwant Singh

The Mark of Vishnu by Khushwant Singh

Title: The Portrait of a Lady
Author: Khushwant Singh
Taken from the Collection: The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories

“The Portrait of a Lady” by Khushwant Singh was my read for the day. Now I know what everyone thinks of Mr. Singh and his writing, however I would beg to differ. To a very large extent, he just says it how it is and several writers do that too. I also don’t think that there is an age to stop talking about sex. It is purely hypocritical of some people if they think this way and behave in another. Anyway, coming back to today’s story.

“The Portrait of a Lady” is a story of a grandmother – it is the portrait of a grandmother, and the relationship she shares with her grandson – from the time he is with her in the village to the time she is with him in the city and thereon. The story to a large extent also felt autobiographical and perhaps could be as well. I loved the story. The sentiment and the way Singh describes the bond in merely five pages, gave me more insight into his writing and how powerful it can be. A short story that will touch your heart.

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