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Opening the Great Indian Epic

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The Forest of Stories: Book 1 - Ashok Banker, book reviewFor someone with cross cultural roots – his mother is Sri Lankan-British and a Christian and his father a Gujarati Hindu – Ashok Banker has rediscovered himself as an explorer of the fantasy world of Indian mythology. He began as one of India’s first writers of thrillers in English, then moved on to science fiction and mythology, crossing new milestones with every book. Banker says that his interest in the epics was revived by the fact that while the world of literature and films and television and music was overflowing of references to Greek mythology and history, Roman Gods, western gods, Christian theology and names, Jewish names, there were very few references to Hindu gods or myths. Or if there were, they were garbled. He therefore decided to delve into Hindu mythology and found it all the more interesting because unlike Christianity, Hinduism did not exist as a single defined religion.


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