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Sat 04 Jun 2022

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Indica Books Q&A with Saiswaroopa Iyer, author of “Abhaya: The Legend of Narakasura Vadh”

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Saiswaroopa Iyer

Book Discussion – “Abhaya: The Legend of Narakasura Vadh”

About the Book

Ever wondered what made Lord Krishna marry the 16,100 women held captive by a demon? Of these prisoners, one was Princess Abhaya Dhaarmaseni, and this is the story of her adventures through the Mahabharata.The princess of a little-known kingdom in western Bharatavarsha, Abhaya’s idyllic life is thrown into disarray owing to the run-up to the Rajasuya announced by King Yudhishtira of Indraprastha. The only hope is her friend Krishna Vaasudeva of Dwaraka. But there is a greater danger lurking in eastern Bharatavarsha. Lord Bhauma of Kamarupa (who later is infamously known as Narakasura) plots to use religion to extend his dominion that wrecks Abhaya’s kingdom and kills her father. What is Bhauma’s plan? How does a lone princess stand up against this sinister zealot? Caught up in the larger hustle of the Rajasuya, can Krishna reach her on time to prevent the disaster?

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Saiswaroopa Iyer


Formerly an analyst with a Venture capital firm, Saiswaroopa's interests include Startups, Economics, Carnatic Music, Philosophy, Politics, History and Literature of India. She won a state level gold medal from TTD in rendering Annamacharya Kritis. She holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Her first novel Abhaya explores the Diwali legend of Narakasura and the fascinating stories around his Shakta origins. Best Selling author Amish Tripathi has endorsed Abhaya saying, "Abhaya allows us to delve into the world of our ancestors and Gods through the route of great storytelling and a brilliant narrative. A thoroughly enjoyable read." Her second novel Avishi explores the forgotten RigVedic legend of Vishpala and reimagines the Rig Vedic India in its fascinating richness. Concepts like pre marital society, Ancient medicine including prosthetics and democracy in ancient India have been explored in this novel. She currently lives in London. Her next novella, Daughter of Mura is a sequel to Abhaya set in the Mahabharata times and explores the bitter sweet love story of Ghatotkacha and Mauri


Deepak M R

Host, Author

Deepak M R is a professional writer and trainer. He has a rich work experience of more than 25 years in varies fields that include training, education, and consulting. He has served as the Controller of Exams in a private university. He has been a trainer and a quality management consultant. He has written a number of technical articles, text books, and journal articles in his career. He is presently a professional writer who writes on topics like healthcare, business, finance, lifestyle, and travel. He is the author of “Unsung Valour”, an anthology of tales featuring battles from the Kurukshetra War. His novel “Abhimanyu: Tale of a Warrior Prince” is being published by Bloomsbury and will be released in August 2021. He is presently working on a collection of short stories featuring a hero from the Mahabharata. He is also working on a fantasy fiction novel set in the Puranic period. He lives in Bangalore with his wife, daughter, and parents.