Charu Singh

Charu Singh is the author of Path of the Swan and The Golden Dakini. She worked as a freelance researcher for UNICEF in north-east India. She has also worked with the Asian Age, the Tribune and has written for the Frontline. She is also a trained classical dancer in Odissi and Kathak.

Path of the Swan: The Maitreya Chronicles (I) by Charu Singh

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Category: Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Books
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

Path of The Swan: The Maitreya Chronicles (I) is the first book in the series by Charu Singh. The book interlinks the story of Buddhism with fantasy and fiction. The Maitreya Chronicles are a Tibetan-Buddhist fantasy series, which tell the story of Lama Ozer and Tashi as they travel the lands in answer to a call from Shambala. They leave the hidden monastery in the beginning of the story as their llama receives a call from the legendary kingdom while in a trance.

The two have to battle freezing temperatures, tough mountain passes, and many dark forces which try to thwart their progress as their path takes them through Sikkim and Tibet. Besides the geographical difficulties, they also have to face celestial beings like Yakshis, Yeshe a golden dakini, and prince A-Karo, as they travel through the legendary silver fortress in Tibet. A-Karo and prince Narsimha are Yeshe’s guardians and she must travel with them to Earth. Once Yeshe reaches Earth, she will choose one of the two as her suitor and the child Maitreya will come into being, the saviour of the world. Ozer is the Liaison between Shambala and Earth. But before this, they need to combat the dark forces prevalent in the world like the Asuras and Arden, a dark prince.

Path of the Swan: The Maitreya Chronicles (I) draws from the rich Mahayana culture of Buddhists and the chronicles are a surreal account of the same.

The Golden Dakini: The Maitreya Chronicles (II) by Charu Singh

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Category: Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Books
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

‘Two shall come by the path of the swan,
From the world of men in the fourth age –
So shall the word be manifest again.
So shall the vessel of truth,
The Maitreya, come to be born in the world of men.’

Thus have the ancients of the divine kingdom of Shambala prophesized the birth of a new age and its saviour – the Maitreya. Destined to be the mother of the Maitreya, the golden dakini Yeshe Nam Lha has descended to Earth in the guise of a mortal. Accompanied by her celestial guardians – Prince A-KarO and Prince Narasimha – she must now journey to the hidden Mount Meru in order to choose a suitor, and fulfil the prophecy.

As her quest takes her through the sleepy towns of Sikkim and Assam to the snowy mountains of Jammu and Leh, Yeshe and her companions encounter a host of magical creatures – the tsen deities who reside in the caves under the Himalayas, the fey warriors of the celestial city of Ney, and the yakshas, gatekeepers of the hidden tunnels on the way to Mount Meru.

But not everyone they meet is benevolent. Prince Arden, leader of the dark Asur forces, is on Yeshe’s trail, hoping to bewitch her with his magnetic charm – and Yeshe must overcome her earthly mortality if she is to make the right choice…

In this spellbinding sequel to Path of the Swan, Charu Singh deftly draws on the rich heritage of Tibetan-Buddhist mythology to immerse the reader in a story that is as magical and evocative as its precursor.