Starcursed by Nandini Bajpai

In the ancient city of Ujjayani, the planets align to decide the fate of two starcursed lovers. Born under the curse of Mars, brilliant and beautiful Leelavati, daughter of the famed astronomer Bhaskarya Acharya of Ujjayani, knows she can never wed. But when her childhood playmate, the handsome and rich Rahul Nagarseth, returns from sea, their attraction is rekindled under stormy monsoon skies. As Leela, forced by fate to relinquish Rahul, tries to find solace in teaching at her fathers observatory, a fleeting alignment of the stars is discovered that can help overcome her curse. But Rahul is called away on a war to defend his kingdom. Can he return in time or will she lose him forever to the will of the planets?   Set in turbulent twelfth century India, against the backdrop of the savage wars waged by Muhammad of Ghor and his band of Turkis, Starcursed is a sweeping tale of science, romance and adventure that will transport its readers to another world.

My Review: How charming, how charming indeed ! when I first read about this book , i thought it would be another love story with lot of drama. And I was so wrong. Ok, not about the love part. but more than that , I liked the simplicity and the beauty Nandini added to the narration of the story . The characters , the setting of the story , the time line and description of life and society at that time was so good. 

The book keeps you hooked and engaged in not just the story but for younger audience , it will definitely be a chance to know how our ancestors learned , taught and worked hard to pass on the knowledge. I felt so attached to the story that I envied the people that kind of lifestyle.

I like historical fiction and this book made every reading minute a pleasure. A special mention to the inspiration for this book.The author has done all justice to that tale that inspired this book. 

Everyone who likes a "neat" and sweet love story about two very strong willed and amazing characters , please do read this. Also , pass it / gift to all teenagers you know. This book will not disappoint you I promise.

Rating : 4/5

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reading, and for this lovely review, Nimue!


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