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Set against the stunning backdrop of Kerala on the southwest coast of India and the magnificence of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, The Payyoli Pendant merges modern-day technology with ancient, tantric practices. A precious diamond pendant adoring the brass idol of the Goddess Devi of the Payyoli Temple is the object of possession for the head priest, Varadaraja Bhattar and his nemesis, the Prasnam Namboodiri. The large-sized diamond and the idol, both now with a young girl, Harani, and her cousin, Manikkam, are the embodiments of none less than God Shiva and his consort Devi.
Together, they form the all powerful Shiva-Shakti combination which regulates the Universe and must be safeguarded at all costs. The two young protagonists are helped by no one less than the Goddess Devi herself, whose divine energy and manifestations of intervention, work side by side with the 21st century technologies to ensure that the prized pendant, which possesses enormous spiritual powers, is protected. The clash between good and evil, ancient and the present, results in a dramatic climax.
So why do we recommend The Payyoli Pendant for your gooi reading pleasure?
THE PAYYOLI PENDANT, the first novel in the Payyoli Trilogy, is even today after 6 years, ranked at #34 in Tower Books & Records USA in the category Action/Adventure/Mythology/
Sci-Fi for Young/Adults readers. When released in 2009 the book held the No 1 position for weeks at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Tower Books apart from amazon.uk, Germany, France & Japan. It is still popular today in over 45 countries.
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“A profound story – thoughtfully and carefully crafted. Written so beautifully about the mystical journey of mankind. The ending is deeply moving as the Author speaks to the questions of the body without the soul. This book will appeal to a large audience as it deals with morality and choices and technological advances. The message transcends time and place” – Joanne M, Review Manager (USA)
“An adventure/thriller novel as gripping as the Harry Potter series, this is a book with a definitive Indian message. A must for all children – especially Indian kids living in the UK, USA and elsewhere abroad” – Dr S Chandra, a Reader (UK)
“This is an amazing manuscript” Cynthia Sherman, Book Reviewer (USA)
“A worthy contender to Harry Potter !!!!!” – J. Anand Subramanian (India)
“Highly spiritual in concept, cleverly and unsuspectingly woven around the basic Hindu dogma of “Atma (soul) & Paramatma (God)”, the book conveys plenty of the positive aspects of the Hindu culture – the values of Family & Religion – side-by-side with today’s high technological skills of the Indian younger generation” – P Ravi Varman (Movie Director, India)
“The book is combining Hindu mythology, fantasy and modern technology into an intriguing adventure around the world. The book helps to understand peculiarities of Hindu culture and it is especially good for teenagers yearning for great adventures!” -Päivi & Santeri (Travelogue Writers, Scandinavia)
The Payyoli Pendant is a must-read for anyone interested in this thrilling portrayal of how ageless, supernatural powers parallel the information highway and modern-day science.