Sunday, May 25, 2014

#BookReview : Starcursed by Nandini Bajpai

On the jacket:

In the ancient city of Ujjayani, the planets align to decide the fate of two starcursed lovers. Born under the curse of Mars, brilliant and beautiful Leelavati, daughter of the famed astronomer Bhaskarya Acharya of Ujjayani, knows she can never wed. But when her childhood playmate, the handsome and rich Rahul Nagarseth, returns from sea, their attraction is rekindled under stormy monsoon skies. As Leela, forced by fate to relinquish Rahul, tries to find solace in teaching at her fathers observatory, a fleeting alignment of the stars is discovered that can help overcome her curse. But Rahul is called away on a war to defend his kingdom. Can he return in time or will she lose him forever to the will of the planets?   Set in turbulent twelfth century India, against the backdrop of the savage wars waged by Muhammad of Ghor and his band of Turkis, Starcursed is a sweeping tale of science, romance and adventure that will transport its readers to another world.


There aren't many books for Young Adults that I have read and wished we had such books when I was a YA. Seriously, we read better stuff. The reason I wanted to read Starcursed, is because I love to read stories which take me back in time. I love historical novels. Nandini Bajpai's Starcursed not only took me on a good trip to the twelfth century, but left me wishing I had read this book as a twelve year old, maybe.

Starcursed is a story about Leelavati and Rahul. Leelavati is the daughter of an astrologer, Bhaskara Acharya of Ujjayani. She was cursed by the stars, when it came to love and her marriage. Her parents loved her wanted her to learn as much as she wanted to, she spends a lot of time in the observatory. She is born to progressive parents who even in the twilfth century, wanted their daughter to learn.  Her father's attempt to find the auspicious moment for her to get married, goes to waste. It's very easy to love Leelavati for the person she is. Her father is very impressive in his mindset. 

Meanwhile. Leelavati meets Rahul, a rich, handsome guy who wants to marry Leelavati despite knowing the flaws in her birth charts. Such is his love for her. The book needs to be read, to find out if Leelvati's stars are stronger or Rahul's love for her is. Which will triumph, will Leela and Rahul be able to break the curse and have a happily ever after?

The story line is crisp and characters are strong. Bajpai has an interesting way of story telling which makes the read very interesting. Her portrayal of life in Ujjayani, the social scenario, and treatement metted on women in those days.

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Rating: ****/5

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing, Samarpita. Glad you liked it!


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