Shalya, by Shraddha Anu Shekar… Review by Yokibu Editorial
Posted on: November 2, 2020.

Shraddha, a student of Vidya Mandir, Chennai, is a 12-year-old mythology enthusiast who calls herself “The Teen Mythologist”.

According to Shraddha, Mythology is full of twists and turns, and also teaches people important lessons.

What is “Shalya”?

Shalya means “arrow” in Sanskrit Language. Many characters in mythology have bows and arrows, even if it is not their primary weapon.

“Shalya” is used an analogy of the special powers that mythological characters may possess. Shraddha’s book Shalya is about a few lesser known stories from The Mahabharata—one of Indian mythology’s biggest epics.

How did the book Shalya happen?

Through her books, Shraddha wishes to entertain people by introducing them to the world of mythology which also entertains her.

The Mahabharata is a vast topic in itself, and in Shalya, Shraddha has compiled ten select stories that appeal to her. During the lockdown, Shraddha wrote and released her third book Shalya.

Where is the book available?

Due to printing being shut down, Shalya is currently available in e-book version on Kindle, and is free to download for Kindle Unlimited users.

Shraddha’s other two books The Adventures of Morty (2016) and Muruga: The God of War (2019), are both available on Amazon for purchase (available on Kindle as well).

Shalya is the second in the mythology series that Shraddha is writing.

About the Author:

Shraddha Anu Shekar is a Std. VII student of Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, Chennai. She is an avid reader, enthusiastic foodie, loves to doodle and listen to music, write, take pictures, and most of all, travel. She is the goalkeeper for her school’s under-14 girls football team, and aspires to be a journalist. Shraddha runs “Shekar Talkies”, a photography and art showcasing company, along with her sister, and specializes in black-and-white portrait photography.

Twelve-year-old Shraddha lives in RA Puram, Chennai.

Following are the Book Review links for her other two books—

The Adventures of Morty (2016)

Muruga, The God of War (2019)


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