The Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu – Celestial Beings from world mythology – bicker and squabble, just like any family. But they’re going to have to put their differences aside to help the Little Light – a wise soul, imbued with insight and curiosity – prepare for its birth on Planet Earth, where it has a great and far-reaching destiny…
“A part of the Sun will always shine inside the Little Light, come what may. Life can be full of pain, suffering and strife, but this spark will always remain untouched because it belongs to the source of all life on earth. Nothing and no one can take it away because it is a gift from the father to all his children. It can never be tarnished or spoilt. It exists and will continue to burn bright till the death of the physical body.”
In her debut novel THE LITTLE LIGHT, Dipa Sanatani takes the reader on a voyage of awakening and discovery, ideal for lovers of mythology, spirituality, folklore and fairy tales.
On the eve of its birth, The Little Light finds itself in the topsy-turvy world of the Planet Party, hosted in the Cosmic Womb. Here, anything is possible, and anything could happen… and the Little Light must do all it can to listen, learn, and ready itself for the path which will lead it to its destiny on earth.
Along the way the Little Light meets Mercury, who bristles at being constantly overshadowed (literally!) by his father, The Sun, a flamboyant figure who wears a gold ring on every finger and bright yellow loafers. As the rest of the Celestial Beings gather, they have to contend with Havah and Dag, the Guardians of the Lore, who know that the Little Light will soon be a tiny baby in a cold, hard world where it will have to struggle for its survival.
Alongside the Little Light, we learn there is more to explore in the heavens and on this earth than anybody could ever imagine possible. Endless lives, perpetual cycles of death and rebirth, infinite possibilities for love, happiness, renewal, enlightenment and wisdom… it’s all out there, waiting to be discovered, and waiting to make a change deep within us all.
No one I know of is writing like this today, and no book in recent memory has inspired so much envy in me. It has novelty and nuance from its first to its final paragraphs. – The Bookish Elf
The book takes us on a mythological and spiritual journey through time and space. The novel explores a sense of emotions that a human being feels in their lifetime. It is a novel of stages from life, death, beyond and all experiences in the middle. – Delhi Wire
This was a beautifully written, insightful, wonderful and entertaining read, which shouldn’t be missed by anyone. A must read! – Halo of Books
This book got me hooked on the first page — a story derived from lore, spinning to this vibrant, magical story, that gives meaningful and memorable words of wisdom. I lost count actually of all the unforgettable quotes in there. – Bookabilly
One of the strengths of the novel is Sanatani’s writing. She manages to bring human qualities to supernatural characters without compromising their wisdom or transcendent nature. With succinct narration and descriptive dialogue, Sanatani captures the unique characteristics of each Celestial Being — from the impulsive to the annoying to the level-headed. – Parakeet Reviews
This is perhaps the most delightful book I have ever read. It is not a novel, but… Fairy
tale? Allegory? Myth? The closest to it is the myths of the Greek gods, but Dipa’s pantheon
is free of the savagery. We are introduced to superior beings who enter one at a time, and meet Little Light, who is a person on the way to being born. Only, these god-figures are all too human, and carry on just like any extended family on earth… In a way, the entire book is a prologue, in that it ends at a birth, presaged to lead to great things. I am looking forward to reading the life of the prophesized great person. – Dr Bob Rich: Author of From Depression to Contentment
Any reader with an interest in the spiritual and the world of fairy tale allegories would very much enjoy following the adventure of The Little Light. Dipa Sanatani writes with clarity and beautiful word choices to bring a complex story to life with clean, simple moments of discovery and drama. The meetings the light has with other characters are bold and colorful, and the Planet Party scene is one which is sure to stick in the heads of many younger readers and spark their imaginations. The book also brings about interesting talking points regarding its spiritual philosophy, which would be a great discussion starter in schools or youth groups, making The Little Light an intriguing but also educational read. – Readers’ Favorite
Dipa Sanatani is an artist. Her devotion was more to structure, substantive plot and form. I recognize the savviness involved in writing a myth/fantasy work emulating the form of a work of antiquity. The very idea is genius and it pulled off a testament to author’s abilities. That artful adherence to structure and form made this book a truly modern fantasy novel fulfilling the many requirements of good storytelling. –Read With Mit
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