Lost In Time
Ghatotkacha And The Game Of Illusions
'I am the rakshasa Ghatotkacha, born of the Lord Bhimasena and the lady Hidimba. I rule over hill and vale, wood and stream, protecting the spirit of the forest and all who live in it.'
Young Chintamani Dev Gupta, on holiday in a bird camp near Lake Sattal, is transported via a wormhole to the days of the Mahabharata. Trapped in time, he meets Ghatotkacha and his mother, the demoness Hidimba. But the gentle giant, a master of illusion and mind-boggling rakshasa technology, wields his strength just as well as he knows the age-old secrets of the forest and the elemental forces. And in his enlightening company, Chintamani finds himself in the thick of the events of the most enduring Indian epic.
An intense yet tender look at a rare friendship as well as the abiding puzzles of the past, this is a fascinating read.
Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and co-director of the Jaipur
Literature Festival. Her books include the novels Paro: Dreams of
Passion, A Himalayan Love Story, Gods, Graves and Grandmother, The
Book of Shadows and Shakuntala: The Play of Memory; a short story
collection The Habit of Love; and the non-fiction works The Book of
Shiva and Mountain Echoes: Reminiscences of Kumaoni Women. She has
also retold the Mahabharata for young readers and co-edited In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology.