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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    Shiva's Fire

    Being born with a magical gift is not very quite often happened in this world, although it does happen in non- real worlds like the one of Parvati¿s. In the book Shiva¿s Fire, written by Suzanne Fisher Staples, the main character named Parvati is far more than unique from everyone else, she¿s special in a way. From the beginning she wasn¿t anything like the other village children in Nandipuram, located in the south of India. She was born to dance and that was her special gift from the God. She used to dance in front of the Shiva Nataraja¿s statue that, her father carved with sandlewood. She danced in front of a cobra snake without getting bitten and within the ignited flames of fire without getting even a singe to her or her clothes. During her childhood she was accused of bringing in a whole cyclone that destroyed the entire village and killed her father. This is either because of the auspicious timings of her birth or because she¿s abnormal from everyone else. On one normal boring day, Parvati received the news that she was selected to learn the Bharata Natya dance in the Gurukulam, located in Madras. Although she was not happy to leave her Family and go away, she felt proud and happy inside that she was doing her Dharma/ her duty as a dancer and that she¿s doing something that she very much loves. There, at the Gurukulam, she makes friends and discovers the magic of music(dance). Long after that, she meets a gentle-eyed boy who turns her life upside down. Although he gives her the thoughts of abandoning her special gift of dance, she picks the right way and that was to appreciate what god had given her and sacrifice to reach her goals in her life. I loved this book especially because it has to do with Hindu culture and I happened to be a Hindu so, I really understood and enjoyed this book very much. I highly recommend you read this book if you¿re interested in Dance, and would like to learn or read more about Hindu Religion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    great book

    This is one of my all time favorite books. I strongly recamend it to anyone who loves India, the Middle East, and a story you just can't put down. It's great.

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