The Garud Prophecies Sitara’s Story

By Gauri Sinh

“What would you do, should the world as you know it break down abruptly? You’re seeing changes already. Weather patterns gone awry − Intense heat waves when there should be winter, devastating floods in summer, unseasonal super storms levelling lives and livelihoods indiscriminately… What would you do when it is finally upon you? When Sitara sees the mysterious Garud for the first time at age five, she does not yet know the terrible secret he conveys to her telepath elder sister Padmini. When she learns the truth it is only so she can participate in a desperate race against time as the elements wage war. A race for survival that tests endurance, filial and societal bonds and spells sacrifice for Sitara, her siblings and her betrothed. Will they make it?

This is a story of three sisters. Their unorthodox early years, the secret they struggled with and their desperate fight for survival, told in individual voices with timelines alternating between past and present. They are not entirely ordinary. They have unconventional help in their odyssey, help that is mystic and ancient, the way all unexplained energy is. Even so, their journey embodies the story of the universal human condition − man’s eternal waging against forces beyond his control, his struggle to conquer his demons, to rise, using the inner force more powerful than any other, one available to not just the gifted, but to all − love.

Gauri Sinh
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Gauri Sinh earlier headed Bombay Times, the lifestyle and entertainment supplement of The Times of India, as Editor. More recently, she helmed After Hrs, the Mumbai city-based lifestyle and entertainment supplement of the broadsheet daily DNA, as Editor. Her previous book, a work of non-fiction, was published in 2010. Gauri lives and works in Mumbai.