THE 100 x HINDU MYTHOLOGY:
The only home Bhanu has ever known is a secluded hut deep in the wilderness. But when her grandmother’s death brings danger to their doorstep, Bhanu and her mother flee into a ravaged, post-apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous beasts and a power-hungry cult.
To survive, Bhanu joins up with a girl hunting for her father and a boy searching for a lost god. Their only hope lies in a map to a mythical paradise left behind by Bhanu’s grandmother. But as the map dredges up secrets better left buried, Bhanu must decide if the answers at the end of the road are worth the deadly journey.
There had always been the question of after.
Ammamma must have the answer now, Bhanu thought, watching the smoke from the funeral pyre mingle with the sky.
Bhanu and her mother burned Ammamma’s body on top of a rocky ledge that overlooked the jungle. They had been lucky. Though it was the wet season, a blue sky watched over the world that morning. Everything was still damp from the previous night’s rain, but they had plenty of dry wood stored for the pyre—Ammamma had made sure of it. She had been preparing for her death for a very long time.
They’d hated when Ammamma talked about her death. Which was often.
Her grandmother would always shake her head, tongue clicking, bones clacking. “I am not bringing upon myself anything that isn’t already coming.”
She was right, of course. But Bhanu could not imagine a life without Ammamma. At least Priya had a life before all this, even if it was in a world falling apart. All Bhanu had ever known were these woods, this gudise, her mother, and Ammamma. Now, Ammamma was gone. It was Bhanu’s first death.