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Nandini Sengupta

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Nandini Sengupta is a Pondicherry-based writer and journalist. After a chance trip to the Ajanta and Ellora caves in 2007, she began researching third and fourth-century India which quickly deepened into an obsession with India's glorious past. She now lives in Pondicherry's quaint French quarter with her little daughter, Kiki. Her first book of fiction, The King Within, was published by HarperCollins India in 2017.

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"This is the second book in The Gupta Empire Trilogy. TBH, I haven't read the first one 🙈 and I was skeptical whether I would understand or get spoiled for the first book. But no worries, this book is sort of a companion novel to the first one as ther" Read more of this review »
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"It’s the second book in The Gupta Empire trilogy. It is sequel to The King Within. The book is of historical fiction genre. As I tried to read second part directly, it took me a time to enter in the story but it was worth reading for. It’s difficult " Read more of this review »
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"THE POISONED HEART is a historical fiction that goes back to King Skandagupta era of Gupta Dynasty. His time as a ruler was full of political turmoils as he was elected as king by Tatparigrihita i.e. chosen by his father because of the qualities he p" Read more of this review »
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Nandini Sengupta, The King Within

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore




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