Written by Vikramajit Ram whose first book Elephant Kingdom: Sculptures from Indian Architecture was followed by two travelogues, The Sun And Two Seas marks his debut in fiction writing. A graduate in art from the National Institute of Design, Ram combines his knowledge of art and architecture with excellent narrative skill to tell—‘not the sad story of the death of kings’, though several deaths do occur in the novel—something that is more than an exceedingly readable tale. The Sun temple at Konark forms the nucleus around which the novel’s parallel but connected narratives are structured. Sculpted as a giant chariot, the vehicle of Arka/ the Sun God, with twelve pairs of giant wheels and pulled by seven horses, the temple is believed to have been built by King Narasimhadeva I of the Ganga dynasty in 1255 CE. Apart from these links to archaeology and history the narrative is a heady concoction of fiction laced with myth and folk tale.
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