Here’s my take on Yakshini by Neil D’Silva.
Meenakshi is the youngest of seven daughters of the Patil family, a respectable household in the village of Vatgaon in Maharashtra. She is as chirpy as a little girl can be, but then puberty strikes and her life turns upside-down. Meenakshi begins to grow faster than her sisters, but even as she physically matures, mentally she is still a child and unknown to the vicious ways of the male-dominated world she lives in.
Her only savior is the entity that lives inside her—a Yakshini—who will go to any lengths to protect Meenakshi from the evil men around her.
But is the Yakshini really her savior or will her ways eventually lead to Meenakshi’s doom? And will the emotionless Yakshini understand to restrain herself when Meenakshi falls in true love?
Follow Meenakshi’s life from her age 13 to 31, through a gamut of relationships with various men, and how she comes to terms with the Yakshini, who might after all be nothing more than a dark side of her own personality.
Yakshini, a standalone story, is Book 2 of the Supernatural India Series. Book 1 of the series is Pishacha, also by the same author.
Yakshini is the story of thirteen-year-old Meenakshi Patil and her life’s journey. Meenakshi lives with her parents and three elder sisters in a village in Maharashtra. The story deals with a teenage girl who goes through physical and mental changes – different from the girls of her age. She comes to know that she is not like the girls of her age and comes in terms with that reluctantly. Her mother has been her constant support throughout and the Sal tree is her forever companion. Would Meenakshi be able to survive all this? Would she give up or fight back? Read the book to find out all about it.
Coming to the review, with Yakshini, the author once again (once again because I have read his works before as well) aims to take us on a roller coaster ride of emotions and horror – filled with supernatural elements. The beginning of the story is gripping. The story is beautifully narrated and one will immensely get engrossed in the book. The relationships among the characters are portrayed efficiently. I went through loads of emotions while reading the book. From Meenakshi’s pain to her frustration to her helplessness and to her insecurities and sacrifices, everything felt real and connectable. The climax of the book is beautiful. It is probably one of the best parts of the book.
I would like to give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Even though the beginning of the story is gripping, it kind of becomes monotonous. I felt the middle of the story was a bit monotonous and dragged, making it lose its charm for a few chapters. I would have loved to read more about how Meenakshi – a girl from a village – adjusted to her new life in Mumbai. Apart from a few repetitive parts rest of the story was gripping.
The book is a journey of emotions. As a reader, I was hooked to every stage on Meenakshi’s journey. To everyone who loves to read something supernatural and horror, I would recommend this book to them. The essence of mythology only adds charm to the book. It is a wonderful book. Definitely worth a read.
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