Chapter Eleven

Atiratha made his way home, feeling more tired than usual. He was longing to see his family again. The streets of Hastinapura were deserted. The city was in mourning. Atiratha had feared that he would never be able to see his family again. But fortunately, such a situation did not come to pass. The Sutas … More Chapter Eleven

Chapter Nine

Bheeshma was smiling as he was walking through one of the corridors that led to a small chamber where the spies brought their daily reports to the Pradhanamantrin. It was no longer part of Bheeshma’s duties to listen to these reports or to advice the Pradhanamantrin, but habits died hard. And if Vidura was irked … More Chapter Nine

Chapter Eight

The Palace of Hastinapura was decorated to welcome its new Rani. The three Queen mothers, Satyavati, the step mother of Bheeshma and the grandmother of the present King, Ambika, the mother of Dhritarashtra, and Ambalika, the mother of the King, watched the proceedings from the balcony of the Anthahpura which was covered with latticework. Being … More Chapter Eight

The Homecoming

The palace was the same and yet, Pritha felt the difference. It was the same in appearance, but the atmosphere had changed. From the suspicion in the eyes of her nephews to the barely concealed hostility in the eyes of the Prince of Gandhara, Hastinapura had changed. Pritha tried to tell herself it was her … More The Homecoming

A New Beginning

Prologue Sita squinted her eye. The glare from the river in the sun was difficult to bear. She wondered how it would feel. She had heard drowning was painful. But she deserved a painful death. She drew a few deep breaths. She was shaking. She had no business to be shaking. She had to do … More A New Beginning

The Banished Secret

Chapter Ten The room was in shambles. Broken pieces of furniture lay everywhere. Cushions and mattresses were slashed to pieces. Curtains were ripped from their frames and torn apart. Vasusena stared at the room in dismay. True, he did not live here or use these rooms any more, yet such wanton destruction was inconceivable to … More The Banished Secret

The Banished Secret

Prologue “My son,” the words slipped out before she could stop herself. “What?” Gandhari pounced on her. “Arjuna!” Muttered Kunti, trying to cover up her mistake, but her eyes were fixed on the intruder. Gandhari’s maids were whispering in the Queen’s ears, Kunti saw in dismay. “Then why are you looking at that stranger?” Kunti … More The Banished Secret

The Mansion

Prologue The moon was full. It was the perfect night. He knew this was the night. But just in case something went wrong…. He looked at the package in his hand. “Ram!” His tone was peremptory. The boy came to him. He handed over the package in his hand to the boy. “Take this to … More The Mansion

A Lost Melody

Prologue Mike stepped out of the airport, wondering what awaited him here. It had been almost fifteen years since he had left the country. And he had not bothered to find out what might have been happening here. He had not stayed in touch with anyone. After Annie’s death, when he fled the country, he … More A Lost Melody