The Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu – Celestial Beings from world mythology – bicker and squabble, just like any family. But they’re going to have to put their differences aside to help the Little Light – a wise soul, imbued with insight and curiosity – prepare for its birth on Planet Earth, where it has a great and far-reaching destiny…
Dipa Sanatani, in her debut novel ‘The Little Light’ has made an enchanting fairy-tale for young readers. The story takes you to a cosmic ride and leaves you spiritually satisfied. When I first read the blurb, it looked mysterious and philosophical at the same time; the book is deeply spiritual and philosophical in its own manner.
The book opens up with the birth of Little Light; full of questions, she asks about her existence. She is not only curious but also quick to grasp all the information loaded onto her. The meaningful questions and the cosmic, astrological answers makes the story surreal. Mercury, Venus, Sun, Moon, Rahu, Ketu etc all have a part to play in shaping this Little Light.
No soul ever grows into its full majesty if it is pampered from the very hardships it needs to grow. No child, no matter how loved, can remain in its mother’s arms forever.
This book touches upon astronomy, spirituality, philosophy, reincarnation, dharm and adharm in the most beautiful way possible. Cleary, Dipa has had an extensive knowledge about the same to even get started on this never ending topic. The effect of planetary system on the human psychology too has been dealt with great care and emotion. The planets are shown as a big giant family who fight and make up.
The writing of the book is lucid and flows like a poem. This exclusive nature of the book, makes the reader even more interested in the story. The characters are bold and edgy. I loved the characterisation of almost every single being in the book.
This book does give a vibe that it is meant for children, at first; but as you start reading it gives a lot more than you expected at first. If you are interested in planetary role in our daily life, this book is pretty fascinating.
This book has some of the most beautiful lines that will captivate your thoughts for a minute or two. The concept is marvelous and it will make you fall in love with the book and its writing. My thoughts? It should be made available in the school libraries for sure.
P.S. I read a kindle version of the book.
Genre: Mythological Fiction
My Rating: 4/5