Bewitched by Ruchi Singh

Bewitched is Ruchi Singh’s latest book that I picked up from the Kindle Unlimited library.

The blurb:

The eternal dance of attraction, lust and love has been going on since time immemorial.
The divine apsara Menaka descends to Earth at Indra’s behest to distract the sage Vishwamitra from the penance that would bring him unimaginable powers. Menaka succeeds in bewitching Vishwamitra, but her actions are destined to have dire consequences for both.

Eons later, their story is set to repeat itself.

Poorva has always played by society’s rules and ideas of decorum. But what happens when her own loved ones betray her in the worst way imaginable? Does she still have to remain bound by their rules?

Rudra plays with power and people like they are pieces on a chessboard. He has no qualms about indulging his desires, be it money or women, but is determined not to be bound by either.

What happens when these two diametrically opposite souls are brought together by fate?
In the game of power, lust, greed and betrayal, some win and some lose. But are there any winners or losers in the game of love?

Like Menaka and Vishwamitra, are Poorva and Rudra too destined to see their story end in tragedy? Or will the divine power prevail?

The story:

Rudra Pratap Maurya, is invited by Samar, his childhood friend to the premiere of Bewitched, a new show that Samar has been working on for the past two years. And it is here that he is captivated by the leading lady who is playing the role of Menaka.

Poorva is performing on the stage after almost thirteen years at the behest of her Guruji, to bail out the producers of the show as the leading lady of the show had met with an accident. And though she dances only for herself, she cannot refuse Guruji as he is the only link to her childhood.

Rudra is mesmerised by her and wants to know about her. And finds that dance is her hobby, and she has a life and responsibilities in Mumbai and runs an orphanage there.

And then he proposes something inconceivable…..

My take:

This story alternates between real life and mythology, and very seamlessly we read the love between Vishwamitra & Maneka and Rudra & Poorva. And both the stories move in parallel without confusing the reader.

I loved the characters and their development. The backstories are detailed and give an insight into the insecurities and explains their behaviours. I admired Poorva’s strength. The characters from her other books make an appearance and I loved recollecting those stories as well. I would love to read Samar’s story too.

The story is fast paced and has been written in a simple language and the twists and turns make it unputdownable

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