Sangeeta Bahadur joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1987, and has served in various Indian missions. Born in Kolkata, she completed her university education in Mumbai and found the perfect outlet for her imagination and style in the delightful genre of speculative fiction. The Kaal Trilogy is her first full-length work of fiction.
Aushij, Lord of Maya, was tricked into a prison of dreams many millennia ago by his siblings for causing chaos in the cosmos. But his power is so great that he still causes tremors in the world with his deceptions, and needs to be crushed. Arihant is the answer. A young warrior with divine powers, he is visualized by the universe as both Taarak – Saviour and Vinaashak – Destroyer.
Jaal is Arihant’s journey across lands and mindscapes – from innocence to experience, as he harnesses his faculties to perceive enemies both temporal and illusory. Dealing with Gods and Serpents, politics and obstacles, he must come to terms with the dizzying unfolding of his purpose and potential. Armed with merely a dagger and a staff, he confronts dangers with dexterity. Ultimately, he is looking for answers to the web of self and identity.
The author: Sangeeta Bahadur
Half a year after his mind-bending kayakalpa, metamorphosis, in the mind-city of Surangini, Arihant is on the move again – this time with the brilliant Tejaswi by his side. The Burning Tree of Memories completes the puzzle of Arihant’s true identity; his meeting with Aagneyi, legendary Vaagdatta’s daughter, brings him the soaring joy of absolute love. The shocking, near-fatal attack on the Tejaswi’s life shatters this short-lived illusion of perfection, bringing Arihant into conflict with a series of increasingly potent enemies. Made cocky by his lucky run, he begins to believe himself ready for Aushij, the Sleeping God now stirring awake. And then he meets the inconceivable entity, Anik…
Nearly killed in the encounter, a badly shaken Arihant questions his very existence and purpose – till the quirky phenomenon Bhootnaath returns to guide him to the next level of his evolution. The path leads, this time, to the Oracle, who calls himself Kaal and defines his job as keeping creation on track – apart from granting the deepest desire of the chosen few he allows into his realm. This time, two seekers reach him together – a confused and despairing Arihant with no idea of what he wants, and his mysterious companion-of-the-road who is so focused on her goal that she cannot look beyond it.
What each of them is finally granted explodes into an inconceivable climax that alters the course of the Cosmic Game, propelling all protagonists down a shortcut to the final confrontation…