“Life is full of surprises and uncertainties. Despite all the technological advancements, and specifically all the prediction systems like weather forecasting systems, stock market prediction systems, no science lab has ever produced a human-life-predicting-system. Therein comes astrology, tarot reading, and so on. Ancient they may seem to be, but the proliferation of fortune-telling websites and related Android applications are simply more than enough to prove their popularity.

Sidereal Destiny is a roller coaster journey taken by the protagonist, Arpitha, and her champion sibling. Born into a traditional community governed by the constellations, ‘love’ fails to be woven in its vibrant colours. Latha’s marriage to Krishnan was an act of perfect obedience to her parents that lit up teething problems—problems without solutions.

However, when Arpitha reveals her heart’s desire, ’Naimisham’ opens doors to turbulence. Love loses its sweetness. Stars and caste raise their heads. Traditions, beliefs, family on one side and love on the other seem to be a tug of war for the two siblings. Can traditions and stars crush love? Set in the coastal backdrop of Alleppey, a state of Kerala, the story explores the fate of lovers who get enmeshed in the stars and are forced to confront their destiny—even before it unfolds. ”


What if you were asked to choose your life based on the position of distant stars? A destiny spoke to you beforehand no matter you like it or not and then the consequences follow.

The USP of this book is the consequence of astrology in a bigoted society.

The book starts with a life of Arpitha and slowly evolves to an analogous world of Rashmi and then the two lives gradually blends towards the end. The Chaos of love, traditions, caste, superstition, astrology (sidereal), fate and accidents are described fabulously by Vaishnavi. Can she escape?

Revelatory and enthralling, Sidereal destiny cracks open the ancient sidereal tale which reveals the hazard that exists in forecasting life through fortune telling. I would call it -the unfortunate tale of fortune telling.

Her characters’ voices have the ring of legitimacy, allowing the booklover to fully comprehend the motivations and moods of the full cast.

There are numerous books printed on superstitions/fallacies, but this book stands out because of the fast-paced read, lovely characterization and easiness of the plot. The story did seem obvious sometimes. The ending was a bit chaotic compared to the natural easy flow.

I loved the cover where the character gazes the distant stars which aptly describes the title. The blurb is catchy too.

Sidereal Destiny is a quick read, with a busy cast of main and secondary characters.

  • Publisher: Notion Press
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1684667011

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