Ania Ostrowska: My first reader

I am very curious about you my reader. Who are you? Where do you live? What do you do when not reading? Why did you actually pick up my novel?  In this Reader Avatar series, I ask you the same, so I can get to know you better 🙂 If you my reader, would like to featured here please email me at laxmihariharan@yahoo.com.

Ania Ostrowska, was one of the very first to read and comment on The Destiny of Shaitan. So it was only fitting that she is one of the first to feature in my Reader Avatars series. Read more about Ania here:

Ania Ostrowska, was one of the very first to read and comment on The Destiny of Shaitan. So it was only fitting that she is one of the first to feature in my Reader Avatars series. Read more about Ania here:
a. What is the one thing you want to do/ have done before you die? I’d love to parachute jump or, better still, do it more than once.
b. What makes you happy? Home cooked brunch, enjoyed with friends in the garden on a sunny summer morning.
c. Which book/ non-fictio/ prose/ movie had the greatest impact on you. Why? Stephen Frears’ 1988 film, Dangerous Liaisons. For breathtaking performances from John Malkovich and Glenn Close and for exposing the fine (vanishing) line between the bodily and the spiritual.
d. Do you believe in life on other planets? Of course!
e. What do you like/ challenge about The Destiny of Shaitan? Its mythological framework gave me the comforting feeling that no matter what happens to the characters, it will be what there was in stock for them from the start
Ania Ostrowska moved to London from post-communist Poland in 2005, enabled by her country’s joining the EU. To sanction her feminist credentials, she got an MA in gender studies from SOAS. She lives in the London borough of Hackney and divides her time between working part-time at the Wellcome Library and being a film editor for the UK feminist blog The F-Word: http://www.thefword.org.uk/index. Ania is also a writer. Read her short story in The Hackney Anthology http://influxpress.com/acquired-for-development-by/


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The Destiny of Shaitan Origins

The most powerful being in the universe was created in lust and disowned at birth. Shaitan was a love child. His mother, Ira, seduced the supreme god Shiva, conceiving Shaitan in the divine equivalent of a one-night stand. When the moment of madness was over, Shiva regretted his lapse. When most needed, Shaitan’s powers would fail him, so Shiva fumed at his yet unborn child.

The curse of Shiva

Shaitan next encountered Shiva as a teenager. By then he knew he was different from the rest. The son of a super life form that he was, there was never any doubt in his mind that he would one day become the ruler of the universe. Now he had a choice. He could do this step-by-step; the more traditional and more honest way. By following in the footsteps of the human conquerors before him, he could take one kingdom at a time, raze it to the ground, and rebuild it his way. But why take the long torturous route when there was a simpler path to glory? An accelerated five seconds in the limelight leading to a celebrity career kind of method, perhaps. Shaitan simply stole Shiva’s weapon, the Trident, a device guaranteed to bestow absolute power on its owner.  Surely as the son of Shiva, he had claim to that which belonged to his father.  Cradling the Trident in his hands, he felt the strength flow right through him, uniting the skies above and the world below, with Shaitan at its centre.It grounded him, the radiant white energy, giving him the power to control everything. Shiva was furious. He cursed Shaitan to be killed by his firstborn. The journey of their lives was thus set in motion; the patterns passed on from father to child to father. This is Shaitan’s story and the story of all half lives, the half human, half alien race of the future. To read more of The Destiny of Shaitan, go to http://tiny.cc/szqsew. Enter the Shaitan summer giveaway, for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card and a free ecopy of the book go to http://krazybooklady.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/destiny-of-shaitan-by-laxmi-hariharan.html
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