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The Dance of Durga
Kanika Dhillon
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The Dance of Durga

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Rajjo was always different. Hauntingly beautiful and determined, her ability to predict the future marked her out as special even when she was a child growing up in rural Punjab. Married young to an abusive older man, she runs away to Rani Maa’s ashram.

Here, Rajjo sets herself up as a Godwoman - rich and powerful - in the surreal world of the ashram, where belief, sensatio
Published April 2016 by Harper Collins
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Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be made into a movie. It’s has everything. Romance. Politics. Lust. Betrayal.

Kanika Dhillon takes you on an unforgettable journey through rural Punjab and a spiritual existence.

Rajjo has an impact on everyone’s mind. Her fire and ambition literally make you rethink the way you choose to see the world.

Even though the story dragged on a bit, it’s one hell of a read for a long vacation.

After Urmila by Prvin, this was a heartfelt journey from a women’s eyes.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keeps you on the edge ♡
Shreya Vaid
From a small village girl to a Godwoman, The Dance of Durga is a tale that will enchant you with its beauty and surprise you with the brutality a woman faces, to achieve her heart's desires.

The Dance of Durga by Kanika K. Dhillon follows the story of Rajjo aka Durga, born in a small village in Punjab. Before her birth, her grandmother shared a prophecy that she will be God's child, she will bring name and fame to the family, people will bow to her. And since Rajjo's birth, the prophecy starts pl
Anu Lal
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dance of Durga is a novel with its plot set in India. Its appeal, though, is universal. The present body of Indian English Literature is mostly set in urban centers. This trend has set in motion a new feel to the Indian English literature, a new set of vocabulary too. The Dance of Durga is different in that this novel overcomes the obsession of the writers in India writing in English to downplay Indian-ness for a sweeping monolithic urban aesthetics.

The protagonist, Durga aka Rajjo, is not a
Hemantkumar Jain
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intense story. A tragic story. A story which unmasks the rotten world of God-men/women and then sheds a silent light on the inner lives and tribulations of the people within the folds.

Kanika has created an intense as well as deep character in Durga, the protagonist. She is complex. She is driven by a deep desire which you might feel is unguided at times. For her, there is complete focus. For you, she is lost.

I would easily given it a 5 star but somehow I did not like the way the climax arri
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
This novel is a very ambitious attempt and kudos to the author for writing a multi-layered plot with a narrative to match. The plot which begins in Punjab captures the rural milieu in fine detail. One can virtually smell the earth and experience the sights of rural Punjab. In juxtaposing what was happening in Punjab and in the life of the main character Durga, there is a whiff of Khalid Hosseini’s “A thousand Splendid Suns”. When the narrative bursts onto a larger canvas, it almost makes one pin ...more
A Sydney Sheldon-esque heroine with an outsized ambition; the Godwoman opportunity in a country that buys into anything religious; and a Bollywood style romance that ultimately wins over all odds. An ambitious attempt that doesn't quite make it to the Sydney Sheldon league. More editing and a less confused heroine would have made this a better read. I spent the better part of a long flight following Rajjo's roller-coaster journey. And that red sari, big bindi-wearing Radhe Ma in newspaper headli ...more
Privy Trifles
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Rajjo. She is fire, she is water, she is the sky and she is earth. She is everything and she is nothing.... She is every woman in this world and she is nobody. Her fierceness and her daintiness both are a deadly combo making it a thrill to read her story. And till the end I was in tenterhooks as I wanted to know what she did, why she did and how she did it.

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Apoorva Akkineni
I was one of the lucky few who got a pre order book and what a treat it has been to read it. It was an enjoyable experience and I am happy to have read it. The suspense was gripping and I couldn't put the book down until I finished it! ...more
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Easy and quick read. Deals with women and their plight - dreams, pain and passion.
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