“I revere Krishna today as one of the first architects of a unified India. Yes, I believe he did exist in the obscure history of India…. Abhaya has been my window to explore and experience Krishna Vaasudeva.”
This is how Saiswaroopa Iyer introduces the second lead of her debut novel, Abhaya, in the Author’s Note. Krishna Vasudeva is second leading character because the first place is reserved for his love, his beloved Satyabhama, who takes the name and form of Abhaya in this marvellously moving creative imagination by Saiswaroopa Iyer.
The novel, Abhaya: The Legend of Diwali (Narakasura Vadha) Reimagined, is set in the times of the Mahabharata. And as the subtitle suggests, it reimagines the story of the killing of Narakasura, an episode narrated richly and variedly in Bhagavatam, Vishnu Purana, Harivamsa, and also some legends and folklores of Assam region.