Anita Shirodkar launches Sitanshu, second book in Guardians of the Blue Lotus trilogy
Mumbai, 2 June 2018: After the immense success of Aryavir, eminent author Anita Shirodkar has launched her much awaited fictional novel Sitanshu.
The book is the second part of her mythological trilogy Guardians of the Blue Lotus and picks up the plot from the cliffhanger at the end of Aryavir.
The author was in conversation with anchor and actor Roshan Abbas, who discussed about the book and how the author went about writing it. Guests were treated to a nuanced reading from the book by film actor Amrita Puri.
Set in ancient India, the trilogy explores the mystical kingdom of Kamalkund, whose heir is Aryavir - a blue-eyed prince who is blessed by Indivara, a sacred blue lotus. Aryavir’s journey is explored inbook one - with his beloved tiger Kar and friend Sitanshu, faces the challenges that life throws his way.
In this novel, the journey of the characters continues as the plot thickens against the backdrop of the war between Kamalkund and Kalipura. Sitanshu, a newly minted warrior and Astradhari, is about to discover the path to his own destiny.
Anita Shirodkar explains why the second novel is named after the character Sitanshu, “This book not only unravels the mysteries which were established in the first book, but it also gives a glimpse into where we are heading for final culmination of the series.
Sitanshu is becoming a major part of that storyline. Aryavir and Sitanshu have never imagined that life could take them in separate directions, but when so much is at stake in the Old World, unexpected situations are going to arise.In a sense, Sitanshu comes into his own as book two comes to a close.”
Speaking upon the feedback from the first novel, the celebrated author says, “When I wrote Aryavir, I was uncertain how the audience would take the shift from my usual metro city backdrop to a mythological setting.
But the feedback I have received from my readers from all over the world has been truly heart-warming. It is encouraging to see that the book has touched a chord with so many people.
Among Indians, we have a special and innate love for all things mythological – we relate to the heroes of our past at a visceral level, and are justifiably proud of our vast repertoire of ancient myths and legends.
Guardians of the Blue Lotus definitely takes inspiration from Indian mythology and it is in a way a celebration of the rich folklore and history of our country.”
The fascinating world created by Anita not only explores the outer journey of the characters but also their inner journey of self-discovery, as their experiences shape the decisions they take. The epic is written in a contemporary style, a signature approach of the author.
With her advertising background and twenty years of being an Art Director in various agencies, Anita Shirodkar has channelled her creativity in diverse directions. She now works as a creative consultant with Tamarind Global, a destination and event management company.
Her job takes her all over the world to meet new people and discover a variety of cuisines. A big people watcher, she loves to observe personality traits that find their way into the nuanced characters she creates.
She believes that the best part about writing is that like people, one never knows the direction the characters will take once the story begin to unfold.