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Book Review: The Water Veil by Nikhil D. Hegde

Nikhil D. Hegde’s enchanting debut novel ‘The Water Veil’ is a literary masterpiece wrapped up in ancient mythology, ritual symbolism, and the arcane mysteries of a hidden valley with esoteric waterfalls.

The story, dazzling in its prowess and stimulating narrative, traces out the protagonist Leela’s family lineage with enigmatic waterfalls in a valley, which she has almost forgotten while being busy with her life in a city. To feel that family’s hidden connection with the waterfalls that offer visions to divers, she travels from her city towards the valley in search of answers for herself. But little did she know that a chance encounter with the maze of intriguing lies and unchecked truths will nudge her rooting for her daughter’s life.

For her, what starts out as a mere journey in the valley turns into a discovery of shimmering evocation. As she delves deeper in the mired myths of the valley, the author skillfully peels back layers of sweeps and ancient traditions associated with waterfalls and Leela. The waterfalls that were once worshipped by her filial roots for its holiness are now a mere symbol of sacrilege. Leela is rooted for herself…she is obsessed with her daughter’s safety…but her apparent concern for restoring waterfalls legacy steer her in the state of moral dilemma. Lush, reminiscent, and deeply humane, the novel is an unyielding testament to the transforming power of our responsibilities and moral choices.

‘The Water Veil’ is also a powerful reminder that we all have past that we cannot get over until we deal with it. At its heart, the novel is a poignant blend of mystical, spiritual, and mythological tale…painting a narrative that’s as heart-wrenching as it is hopeful.

It is written in such a way that it has feel of religiosity and truth, but it is quite approachable and beautiful and non-denominational and non-secretarian. Readers will like and love it, as it will take them on a mysterious journey along with Leela.

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