By Vikramajit Ram
It is the 13th century advert. the dominion of Kalinga is prospering, having lately defeated Turkish forces encroaching from the North and confirmed thriving ties as a long way afield as Africa. King Narasimha Ganga plans to immortalize himself via construction the wonderful sunlight Temple on the fringe of the ocean. notwithstanding, not able to settle on the fitting layout, and beset through monetary woes, he comes to a decision to target whatever extra congenial: sending a royal reward of top farm animals to an African Sultan. in the meantime, his overlooked consort searches for solace by means of learning the celebs, and her younger cousin drifts aimlessly throughout the palace, enjoying the flute and flirting with good-looking soldiers.
When Narasimha’s formative years good friend, the Crown Prince of Parijatapuri arrives, pursued by means of a band of assassins, to maintain him out of harm’s approach, Narasimha dispatches either him—as his Envoy—and his feckless cousin-in-law—as Superintendent of the Cattle—on the voyage to Africa. they have to bring the livestock and convey again a zarafa, an unique four-legged animal with ‘the neck of a snake’ which, in line with the half-Chinese Royal Scrivener, is ‘a harbinger of fortune and serenity’.
Before the voyage is over, all of the characters are remodeled as they juggle clandestine amorous affairs and treasonous plots, undergo laborious trips and feature terrifying encounters with unknown monsters.
Written in lush, shiny prose, leavened by means of wry humour, and teeming with memorable characters, The solar and Seas is a fascinating read.
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The Sun and Two Seas by Vikramajit Ram