Title: The Man in the Egg: Unusual Tales about the Trinity

AUTHOR: Sudha Murty

PP: 200

PRICE: Rs.250

Publisher: Puffin

Sudha Murty is back with her second book in the mythological series, titled The Man in the Egg: Unusual Tales about the Trinity. The book has three sections - Omkara Swarup, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, and Sambhavami Yuge Yuge which tells numerous stories about the Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh respectively.

Alongside, the stories also tell the importance of rituals and tales behind them, giving a logical insight to the activities performed in a Hindu household. Each story discusses an entirely different concept, such as Brahma’s folly shows how even Gods were not perfect and committed mistakes, The Story of Sati brings into focus the wrath of Shiva and its consequences, and The Bones of Dadhichi explains the importance of sacrificing oneself for a greater good.

Murty says, ‘Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva aka trinity together represents the oneness of the universe while retaining their distinctive nature and are known for their ability to grant people boons. Hymns are chanted every day all over India, in temples and homes, and countless stories abound in their praise. And yet many questions remain.’ It explains why Brahma once had five heads, why does Shiva sport a crescent moon in his hair or why do some gods cheat and deceive each other. It also gives us an insight into the world of asuras or demons alongwith their demonly nature and the motives behind them.

The author has weaved the stories in such an interesting way that it would leave the tiny tots asking for more. Each story will take you back to a magical time.