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Navarasa by Lotus

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  30 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Every pen name comes with a story... 'Navarasa by lotus' tells delicately-interlinked stories of a fading movie star; a youth accidentally taking form of a masked vigilante; a mosquito determined to fight human domination; an unmarried couple on the verge of break up; a woman, Lucky, who is terrified of her dream; a school kid struggling to vent his anger; Fate of our soci ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published January 23rd 2012 by Frog Books
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Arun Divakar
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
A Rasa is a concept that gives fuel to the entire plethora of Indian performing art. Dramatics in India has a father figure in the form of Bharata Muni whose pioneering work Natyasastra details the rasas ( 9 of them in all. Nava translates to 9 in numerics) which in permutations and combinations can help enact the entire range of human emotions. Not many dance forms across the subcontinent are complete without them and there is not a trained stage actor who has not undergone a course in th ...more
Rasa refers to emotions. The very foundation of Indian art, such as Bharatanatyam - a dance form is based on Nava-rasa or nine emotions (state of mind). Thus, when I spotted the title of the book - Navarasa by Lotus written by Rajiv, I was much intrigued.

As the author puts it: "Navarasa by Lotus" is a tale of 9 (nine) inter-linked stories. Each of which pays a tribute to a different rasa: humour, love, disgust, heroism, wonder, fury, horror, peace and compassion. These nine stories are interwov
I really liked this book. There are nine short stories and each one deals with the theme of the nine rasa. Navarasa means "nine moods/emotions" and so in each story we read about one of these emotions. But the stories are also interliked and so in each one we find again a character or an event of another story even if only for a brief moment. I liked a lot this way of writing because we don't have nine separated stories but at the end all the stories are interlinked and so it seems to read a com ...more
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-readathon
Okay the reason I give this a 4 is because I couldnt put the book down. It had me intrigued from the 3rd page till the end.

The stories find a link into each other, and yet stand on their own. A couple of stories I found just plain weird and yet another left me feeling all mushy. I still haven't completely figured out the story Loop.

What impressed me the most was that this isn't a run of the mill book that most Indian authors seem to be writing these days. Its Different, its distinct and stands
Siddharth Sharma
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
A good start by the author. The stories are nicely written, descriptive, and the language is simple and easy to understand.The great thing is that all the stories, though have a different theme, are interwoven with recurring characters. It reminds me of the stories of Panchtantra which also revolves around the similar idea.

Of all the stories, I have got two favorites- 'T20' and 'Loop'. 'T20' is a story about a couple in a live-in relationship with a very very unexpected ending. 'Loop' is a stor
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book took a long time to read, because the first couple of stories were confusing. Then I started understanding the underlying weave or pattern. The middle stories were good, the last ones again confusing.
The themes were unique, the way of linking the characters was ingenious and this recurrence made them more appealing. In my humble opinion, this book would have been muchbetter if it was well edited.
Seed - was okay
Rat - didn;t like much
Mutiny - I dont like animals talking, plus
Kajal Nehra
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
"Rajan wished for a rewind button; only this time he would like to punch Rohan even harder."

3.5 or 4 stars

I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Navarasa by Lotus was quite a different one from my usual reads. But surprisingly I enjoyed it a great deal. Its a story involving nine different stories. And my favourites will have to be Seed, Loop, Wish, and Redemption. Though in even all the stories there were those some parts which I loved. Tremendous
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Vinoth by: Rajiv

This book made me think a lot. it confused me a lot. it made me go back in pages to check why certain things were so. at times i felt satisfied. at times it confused me further..

The overall concept of 9 interlinked short stories each depicting a separate rasa is good.But when it came to the Individual stories it did not live up to the Expectations the synopsis on the Back cover created

i would like to go one by one of the short stories

1. Seed

It was good. except for the Timeline the rest of the
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it

My rating for this book is 3.25/5. It is not like a regular novel especially not like regular Indian novel.

Well,I have very little experience in reading books.All the books I have read were based on single theme,but this one is like a good Indian masala movie. It has everything like the name says.

It deals with nine emotions. Writer didn't include them in single story. All of them are written in 9 stories.And they are delicately-interlinked stories.Some of them are just fantastic and some of the
Amit Gupta
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Navarasa by Lotus' tells interlinked stories of a fading movie star; a youth accidentally taking form of a masked vigilante; a mosquito determined to fight human domination; an unmarried couple on the verge of break up; a woman who is terrified of her dream; a school kid struggling to vent his anger; Fate of our society post 2012; Rajiv's addictions; and Anand's redemption... The result is a collection of nine stories of different genres, each being a tribute to the rasa: humour, love, disgust, ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An Awesome-read!
I was a bit hesitant to actually pick this book, as the genre on Flipkart said "short stories" BUT my colleague at office strongly recommended this book ...I think they need to create a new genre to fit this book into an appropriate genre!!

The styles of narrations used in it is mind blowing and a different experience to read. Non-linear, Linear, Third Person POV, First Person narration...and more!

Completely bowled over by the last story, with the way things turn around and the wa
Komal Mehta
Navarasa by Lotus is the debutant book of a budding author - Rajiv. It is a collection of 9 short stories all plotted into different spheres yet have some interlinked neurons. As the name goes, the stories are based on Nav Rasas i.e. various 9 emotions of human nature - Love, hatred, humor, peace, anger, fury, horror, compassion, and peace. Thus I'm sure the choice of emotion, and a related story must have been a task for the author. The stories have simplistic language with varied subjects.

Of a
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book for journey and couldn't put it down until I finished (usually not the case with me). I am not a huge fan of short story but this was different. Rajiv has cleverly interlinked the 9 short stories. You have to constantly pay attention to remember all of the characters and stories to understand what is happening. Once you have read this you will know what I am talking about.
This was definitely a new experience I had as a reader.
This book is what Danny Boyle's Sunshine is to m
Akanksha  Singh
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: indian
I read this book in parts. In the beginning, I thought for a moment that it isn't worth the effort - the grammar is atrocious, the stories drag.....but then, I thought I should at least put a bit of an effort and finish. AND, I'm glad I finished it!!! The stories at the end are simply awesome. I loved "Redemption". The idea behind the story was so audacious.....I'm sure I've never ever read a better short story. Once you get past the grammar, the stories read like one great story in parts rather ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Highly entertaining...
> cleverly interlinked stories,
> Fresh and out of the box story plots(especially the Mosquito story - well written)
> variety in narration
> I didn't feel bored anywhere

> ironically a positive point I made earlier might be a negative as well, the stories are so tightly narrated that one (me especially) had to read the book again to better understand the links and the hidden links. Having said this, maybe it was intentionally meant to be so by the author.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
wow! the blurb lives up to its words... "Tale of 9 stories"

it was indeed a roller coaster ride.

My favorite of all (though I liked all of them) is RAT, a believable story of a masked vigilante!

overall a very different and surely a goodread!

Rajiv Rajiv
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Indian Readers: Mutation of Ideas! How I wrote "Navarasa by Lotus" 21 42 Apr 28, 2012 12:23AM  
Rajiv Kumar hails from Bangalore. He is an engineering graduate of B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bangalore and is currently working in Bangalore. He maintains a list of ‘directors; and he dreams he would someday write stories and screenplays for them. He believes that creativity is beyond languages.
He has been heavily influenced by almost everything —from his memory of watching cartoons on Doord
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