#BOOKREVIEW : ANANYA

TITLE: Ananya – A journey towards light
AUTHOR: Urmila Deshpande
PUBLISHERS: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
GENRE: Fiction

THE BOOK

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Her real parents were dead by the time she was five years old.Her grandfather certified her as cursed.A period of fifteen years has passed. Raised by adoptive parents, Ananya became a swan from an ugly duckling. And then suddenly one day, she finds herself going through a transformation.

What follows is a series of mysterious incidents, a strong force of destiny, propelling her towards the unknown, something that is beyond logic or reasoning. In this journey towards light, she meets people who introduce her to the loving divine energy and also the dark energy of the devil.

Ananya, an intelligent, logical young girl, finds herself on the verge of insanity. She cannot understand these mysterious forces. Is the divine pouring her love on her or is it her mind which is playing tricks at the behest of the devil?

ME THINKS

WOWs!!Story-line: Thought provoking. The story is not that of the protagonist Ananya alone but that of an entire family. It delves into human psychology or child psychology to be precise. The deceased go but what they often leave behind is not only sorrowing souls but emotions that if not handled properly, are sometimes likely to cause havoc in the lives of the living.Indian society often looks upon the child whose parents die in his/her infancy/ early childhood years as cursed. Often such children grow up being constantly reminded of this dark side of their being without considering the consequences of this allegation on their innocent minds. While some become introverts and keep to themselves/ slowly fall into a state of depression, others become aggressive and are branded rebels. Either way, the damage is done and the fragile flower wilts young / is destroyed in the bud itself. The tale of Ananya is a fine example of this apathy of society to the orphaned baby. But in Ananya’s case the silver lining is Shobhana her foster mother who is ready to go to any extent to protect her.

‘Ananya’ is a story with a strong, realistic and relatable plot. It is the tale of the disturbed, the traumatized and their fears, their inhibitions and their silent cry for help. It has the power to shake the sensitive.

Characterization: Characters though few, are well- fleshed out and are easily relatable.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

OOPs!!

Editing: The editing could have been tighter with special attention being paid to grammar and usage of certain terms and phrases.

VERDICT

Overall a simple and quick read I’ll give the book a 3 out of 5.

 

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Her real parents were dead by the time she was five years old.Her grandfather certified her as cursed.A period of fifteen years has passed. Raised by adoptive parents, Ananya became a swan from an ugly duckling. And then suddenly one day, she finds herself going through a transformation.

What follows is a series of mysterious incidents, a strong force of destiny, propelling her towards the unknown, something that is beyond logic or reasoning. In this journey towards light, she meets people who introduce her to the loving divine energy and also the dark energy of the devil.

Ananya, an intelligent, logical young girl, finds herself on the verge of insanity. She cannot understand these mysterious forces. Is the divine pouring her love on her or is it her mind which is playing tricks at the behest of the devil?

ME THINKS

WOWs!!Story-line: Thought provoking. The story is not that of the protagonist Ananya alone but that of an entire family. It delves into human psychology or child psychology to be precise. The deceased go but what they often leave behind is not only sorrowing souls but emotions that if not handled properly, are sometimes likely to cause havoc in the lives of the living.Indian society often looks upon the child whose parents die in his/her infancy/ early childhood years as cursed. Often such children grow up being constantly reminded of this dark side of their being without considering the consequences of this allegation on their innocent minds. While some become introverts and keep to themselves/ slowly fall into a state of depression, others become aggressive and are branded rebels. Either way, the damage is done and the fragile flower wilts young / is destroyed in the bud itself. The tale of Ananya is a fine example of this apathy of society to the orphaned baby. But in Ananya’s case the silver lining is Shobhana her foster mother who is ready to go to any extent to protect her.

‘Ananya’ is a story with a strong, realistic and relatable plot. It is the tale of the disturbed, the traumatized and their fears, their inhibitions and their silent cry for help. It has the power to shake the sensitive.

Characterization: Characters though few, are well- fleshed out and are easily relatable.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

OOPs!!

Editing: The editing could have been tighter with special attention being paid to grammar and usage of certain terms and phrases.

VERDICT

Overall a simple and quick read I’ll give the book a 3 out of 5.

 

 ***************************************************************************************URMILA DESHPANDE THE AUTHOR

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Source :- https://geetaavij.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/bookreview-ananya/

ANANYA BY URMILA DESHPANDE IS A DEBUT NOVEL. I LIKE READING NEW INDIAN WRITERS TO UNDERSTAND THE TRENDS IN MODERN STORY TELLING. ANANYA HAS A STRONG AND GOOD STORY LINE AND REMINDED ME OF ANNE ZAIDI’S GULAB. THE ESOTERIC AND PARANORMAL THEME WITH A YOUNG GIRL AS A CENTRAL CHARACTER, WITHIN A FAMILY SET UP, WERE THE COMMON THEME THAT I COULD FIND. HOWEVER, GULAB AND ANANYA ARE BOOKS DEMANDING INDEPENDENT READING AND INTERPRETATION.

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There are two things, which I liked about Ananya. The first one is the freshness of the slightly embossed cover design. This is the second time (recall, The Shimla Paintings) that I really like the book cover of a debut novel.

The other is the theme – a mix of paranormal, parapsychology, child psychology, auras, new age esoteric principles, such as hypnotherapy, astral travel, astrology, meditation, affirmation, kundalini shastra, neuro-linguistic programming (NPL), with a traditional take on the Divine Mother or Devi. You name a metaphysical concept and its mentioned in the book. The book also explores the dynamics of a modern family and has strong female characters.

The story primarily draws on a mother-daughter relationship and concludes in a life-coaching experience. Its amazing how the writer has summarized many and diverse esoteric principles in a small book, that is primarily a narrative by different characters. Considering the vastness of the subject, there was potential for developing more well-rounded characters and to expand on the narrative. By the time I finished the book, I felt that probably Deshpande was influenced by Coehlo’s The Alchemist and was trying to replicate the genre. Had the writer intended to make it a bulkier work there was ample opportunity to play on the elements of horror as well as the emotional aspects.

Ananya wins with its story but falls short as a great literary experience. Proof-reading and editing remain a weak dimension in this book, which otherwise delves into the infinite stratosphere of the spirit world and the soul. I hope the writer is able to tackle this issue in her forthcoming work. Till then, Ananya, can be a good weekend read and can actually answer some basic life questions.

Source :- http://felinemusings.com/2016/04/25/ananya-a-new-age-fiction/

Ananya – A journey towards light

Ananya – A journey towards light

Ananya Urmila Deshpande

Ananya is a well written short story, well maybe a lengthy one but not as big to be considered as a novel. And this is the first book ofMs. Urmila Deshpande. Reading through the book I wish to appreciate three things. First, I appreciate the way the story unfolds. Though the story is told from the perspective of various characters and may hint a non-linear flow, it is quite linear and easy to grasp. Generally, this way of storytelling is a little tricky and generally ends up confusing the reader. Urmila has handled this quite well and makes it easy for the reader to follow all along the book. Second thing I appreciate is the series of spiritual and emotional discussions held between various characters, all along the story. These discussions are quite mature and the thought process is well clear. This would have been only possible when the author is very clear on what she is presenting to her reader. Urmila does have a great clarity in her thoughts. Third and what I consider very important is that the author treats the reader as a mature audience. She does not spoon-feed every detail of the story. Most incidents are left to the reader to think and not explicitly told. Any good reader would easily grasp the incidents that the author wishes to convey. The reader certainly would not be left blank with untold part of the story. This format would take the reader to the author’s plane and her level of thinking. Great style.

BOOK REVIEW: Ananya: A Journey Towards Light by Urmila Deshpande

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Ananya starts emotional, moving to thriller and ends up spiritual. It is about a girl who loses her parents at her kinder age and branded as ‘cursed’ by her grandfather. The little five year old girl does not understand the reason for the hatred and shrinks to her own world. The incidents that happens to her adopted parents in due course of the story, reinforces her thought as being cursed. As she grows and tries to explore her world, mysterious things unfold. She start to see and hear things. Her search to find the source or atleast the way out, leads her to various people. Her part of story, told by other characters in their own views keeps this part of story more of a thriller. We look forward to know what happened to Ananya and wonder what the other characters (be is Paullomi, Anand, Shobhana or Sidharth) reveal about her. As things move forward slowly the story moves towards spirituality. Last few chapters are a series of spiritual discussions between Ananya and Shobanna. These discussions are mature and quite heavy, however told in a simple way. They discuss the meaning and purpose of life. The Epilogue summarises our life as four types. It is for us to choose between those different types. The book ends leaving the reader to introspect his/her own life – who we are and what we could become.

Meanwhile, I have also got a couple of points to mention with regards to editing. Chapter Two should have been ‘Paullomi’ and not Paulomi. Wonder how this was missed. Also, in Chapter Eight, Sidharth talks of aura and the color of the divine energy. I am not sure of what is the aura color pertaining to divine energy but it certainly is not ‘Violate’. These minor typos no way hamper the reading, but these minors could have been noted during editing and would have been avoided.

Get your copy and go for a read. Read through the chapters to find out if Ananya’s fears are abated. Did she find answers to all her queries? Does she feel still cursed or blessed? Did she reach her destination? Did she find peace in her life?

Other Reviews

Source :- http://nvkarthik.com/ananya/

“Her real parents were dead by the time she was five years old. Her grandfather certified her as cursed. A period of fifteen years has passed, raised by adoptive parents, Ananya became a swan from an ugly duckling.

And then suddenly one day, she finds herself going through a transformation. What follows is a series of mysterious
incidents, a strong force of destiny, propelling her towards the unknown, something that is beyond logic or reasoning.

In this journey towards light, she meets people who introduce her to the loving divine energy and also the dark energy of the devil.
Ananya, an intelligent, logical young girl, finds herself on
the verge of insanity. She cannot understand these mysterious forces. Is the divine pouring her love on her or it is her mind which playing tricks at the behest of the devil?”


BOOK REVIEW: - This is a story of Ananya ,who is the protagonist, the story revolves around her.
The book is divided into sections ,which narrates the story as said by Ananya,

Paulomi – Ananya’s best friend
Shobhana – her  Mother , who adopted her 

Anand –  Shobhana’s husband ,they both divorsed when Ananya was small and after that Shobhana only raised Ananya

As it is clear from the blurb, Ananya was very small, when a tragic accident happened ,she lost both her parents. She was raised by Shobhana, who was not actually her real Mom, by she respects her a lot.
Parents at times become god for children, so much faith they have in us.

Ananya is Atheist, she dont believe in God. When her friend  Paulomi, called her forDurga Puja ,she initially refused her, but later accepted it for her sake  , there she felt something amazed, At night she cried & saw a dream where she saw a lady ,after crossing the tunnel there is light, she felt a connection  with someone.

Ananya start behaving differently & remain disturbed .She was claimimg to be in contact with dead people, in her dream and was not happy with the situation.Our soul is always in touch with our spirit guide.Anu was very agitated over not being able to connect with her spirit guide.

So they didnt get to know whether Anu is trying to reach someone or someone is trying to reach her. Whether Anu is mentally sick or otherwise.Whether what she is feeling is real or illusion.

Simply A heart-touching tale of a young girl blend with emotions. 
There is suspense as you turn the page.
Very nice read,I will highly recommend it to all my friends.I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Source :- http://bookreviewsandauthors.blogspot.in/2016/02/book-review-ananya-journey-towards.html