When I first started this blog, I never imagined that it would allow me to get to know so many awesome bookish people — so just picture my excitement when I realized I could work with said awesome people!
Today I’m delighted to be sharing a guest post from Bharat Krishnan, explaining the inspiration behind his upcoming Hindu mythology collection Love, Pride, Virtue, and Fate and why stories matter.
(If you’re interested in doing a guest and/or collab post, I’ve written up some guidelines + contact info that you can check out — I won’t be processing these until I’m officially back from hiatus in December, but feel free to take a peek in the meantime.)
But that’s enough from me; I’ll hand over the metaphorical microphone now!
You might know that Greek gods interfered on both sides of the Trojan War, but did you know that Hindu gods fought alongside both the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Mahabharata? In the same way the ancient Egyptians worshipped Ra above all others, did you know that the monkey-god, Hanuman, gained his wisdom from the sun? Did you know that Krishna and Hercules are often linked to a past that includes Alexander the Great’s conquests? And just as Noah had his ark, one of Lord Vishnu’s avatars had a similar tale for Hinduism. All of us share the same stories because the things that unite us are far greater than the things that divide us.
At ten years old, I saw The Mummy with Brendan Fraser. Around that same time (1999), Hercules, the TV show with Kevin Sorbo, ended and I’d been obsessed with that as well. I was devouring stories of heroism and fortitude from Greek and Egyptian mythology because those were the stories being written for a precocious pre-teen like myself.
I wrote Love, Pride, Virtue, and Fate because stories matter, and for too long I didn’t know the stories of my heritage. Growing up in America, I’d never had the chance to watch cartoons of Krishna and Rama on Cartoon Network India as a toddler and by the time I learned they existed I wasn’t interested in watching something meant for a 5-year-old. When I thought about my own culture and fielded questions about Hinduism from school friends and their parents over the years, I felt ashamed at worst and ignorant at best about my lack of knowledge and enthusiasm for Hinduism. This book is borne of a deep need to make sure no Indian-American child feels that way.
Every time I describe Game of Thrones to my mother, she reminds me of how similar it is to the oldest epic ever written, the Mahabharata. I wrote this book because I wanted my loved ones to hear about Rama and Krishna and Saraswati as they also learned of Thor and Hercules, of Horus and Ra, of Noah and Moses.
The most popular stories in our world have all borrowed from different mythologies, and making those links obvious is necessary in a multi-cultural atmosphere. Within these twenty-five short stories, you will be immersed in Hinduism in a way that highlights the traits I found most compelling in my research, tales that both built a foundation and provided added authenticity to the greatest stories of the world. Within these stories you will find, tales of love, pride, virtue, and fate.
About the Author
The gods decreed that 2019 should be an extremely good year for Bharat Krishnan. He got married, graduated with his MBA, and published his third book. He describes himself as a professional storyteller and an amateur cook. When he’s not reading or writing across genres, you can find him working in the nonprofit world or eating Jeni’s ice cream. He enjoys connecting with all kinds of people, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @bharatkrishnan9 on Twitter.
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Love, Pride, Virtue, and Fate will be released on October 8, 2019!