Love, Pride, Virtue, and Faith is an adventure from start to finish – not because it’s action-packed (though it does contain its fair share of fights), but because with each page turned, you learn something new. Krishnan retells Hindu myths with his own signature style, delivering stories you may or may not be familiar with wrapped in elegant prose. You can’t help but keep reading once you start, and before you know it, you finish the entire collection.
The series of short stories Krishnan writes introduces readers to Hindu gods and goddesses, a subject that can easily turn overwhelming. The pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses is vast, and it could an entire life to learn who all the deities are. Only the major gods and goddesses – like Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, Lakshmi, Parvati – are introduced, and their introductions are done in such a way that your knowledge of them compliments what you learned up until that point.
Make no mistake though: You do not have to have any prior knowledge of Hindu myths to read or enjoy this book. Krishnan writes in such a way that makes this book accessible to everyone who reads it, no matter the age or religion. There are also many elements in the story to engage the reader and keep their attention, from the cute illustrations to the short length of the stories; time seems to fly by as you read Krishnan’s book.
It seems impossible to condense complex Hindu myths into short stories, no more than a chapter long each, but that’s exactly what Krishnan does. The short length doesn’t mean the actual stories were sacrificed. Krishnan keeps the details and seemlessly ties his stories to ones Western readers might be more familiar with – Noah’s Arc, Greek myths, etc. The similarities across cultures are endless, and Krishnan points out all relevant ones, showing his readers that Hindu myths have very many similarities to their own – and that some stories and themes are universal.
Love, Pride, Virtue, and Fate is a hidden gem you do NOT want to miss. Its lyrical writing, adorable illustrations, and plethora of short stories on This is a great book to read for anyone who’s looking to learn more about Hindu culture and the myths that make up its backbone. Even if you’re just looking to have fun, this is the book for you! The stories entertain with their
About Love, Pride, Virtue, and Fate
You might know that Greek gods interfered on both sides of the Trojan War, but did you know that Hindu gods fought alongside both the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Mahabharata? In the same way the ancient Egyptians worshipped Ra above all else, did you know that the monkey-god, Hanuman, gained his wisdom from the sun? Did you know that Krishna and Hercules are often linked to a past that includes Alexander the Great’s conquests? And just as Noah had his ark, one of Lord Vishnu’s avatars had a similar tale for Hinduism. All of us share the same stories because the things that unite us are far greater than the things that divide us.
I wrote this book because I wanted my loved ones to hear about Rama and Krishna and Saraswati as they also learned of Thor and Hercules, of Horus and Ra, of Noah and Moses. In these twenty-five tales, you will be immersed in Hinduism in a way that highlights the traits I found most compelling in my research – tales of love, pride, virtue, and fate.
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Releases in stores October 8th, 2019.
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Surina is an avid reader who spent most of her childhood buried in books, and who hopes to spend more of her life doing the same. She is perpetually tired and likes to spend her (nonexistent) free time complaining to her dog. Some of her favorite books are Aru Shah and the End of Time, Timekeeper, and The Priory of the Orange Tree. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.