When Dev, the Gandharva, sets his sight on Maya, a seemingly ordinary girl in his first year BA class, he doesn’t realize that his lust will expose him to the danger his coven is hiding from. When Maya meets Dev, not only does he awaken her desire, but also latent psychic powers and memories of a mysterious past. The war between the Devas and Asuras to reclaim the heavens is being fought on earth, and the two lovers are in the crossfire. Will they avoid being caught in the middle?
The Gandharva is the story of Dev, a celestial being living in disguise for many years (as they are immortal) on the mortal earth. As they play hide and seek from the bad asura and pisasu elements, Dev falls in love with Maya, a beautiful girl who studies in the same college. Setting a chain of events that culminates in a celestial war, Gandharva is fast paced, racy and most important romantic.
Dev is a Ghandarva, hiding in earth from the Asura hoards who are seeking to kill them. An immortal, he lives with his band of brothers (other ghandarvas) trying to blend in with the humans by studying in college. Handsome and charming, he steals the kalp (the energy of a virgin apparently) to pass the time, when he encounters Maya. Assuming that she is an ordinary mortal, Dev tries to steal her kalp too, when she is attacked by a pishasu (monster). Maya is a beautiful brave girl from a dysfunctional family of an alcoholic father and a heartbroken mother who are unable to come to terms with the death of her twin sister.
Parallel to this, we see Maya’s friends and college mates becoming addicted to pills that were sold to them by the Asuras in disguise to steal their soul. And the author also reveals a strong connection between Maya and Dev. Is Maya an Apsara in disguise? Why are the asuras hell-bent on killing her? Did they kill her twin sister by mistake? You will need to read the book to find the answers.
Plus Points: It is very difficult to create an alternate world and get people invested in it. Bhavana Murali’s simple yet powerful language is quite successful in taking us into it. I also liked the social message that the book seems to impart – Those who are trying to sell you drugs are ‘Demon incarnate’. That’s a very powerful and an apt message for today’s youngsters.
I loved the way mythology and modernity is blended in this tale giving the readers a fantasy that makes us wonder what’s going to happen next.
Minus Points: I have no minus points but questions -Where do i get the second book? Is it out yet? Can I pre-book it?
Verdict: A must read!
Trust me they are awesome props to help you visualize all the characters in the novel 🙂