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Ashes for the Elephant God [Kindle Edition]

Vijaya Schartz
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In Vijaya Schartz' Ashes for the Elephant God, published by Books We Love Ltd, to scatter her brother's ashes over the Narmada River, Fabienne leaves France for the mysterious India of her childhood dreams. As she awakens to a newfound spirituality, unexpected visions of a former life during the Raj stir ancient yearnings for a long lost passion. Mukunda, the palace architect Fabienne loved a century and a half ago, lives again as an American engineer and works on the local dam project. As Fabienne falls in love again with India and the man of her destiny, the tapestry of her previous life unfolds. But, in the karmic land of the blue gods, a ruthless foe lies in wait. The Kali worshiper, who murdered the two lovers in a faraway past, has come back through the centuries to thwart their dream once more.

Editorial Reviews


"... a broad-stroked, magnificent picture of a lavish India of the past and the present... a vivid tale of suspense... a gripping account of a woman coming to terms with heightened awareness... destiny." --The Book Reader

"... entertaining, fast-paces yet deeply spiritual... Here is a superior metaphysical novel!" --Richard Fuller - Metaphysical Reviews

"... passionate... love, lust, faith and deception... a magnificent offering to the world of fiction..." --The Charlotte Austin Review

", sensual... multilayered... a thriller... magical, mystical book..." --Writer's Digest

"...a striking and highly recommended metaphysical novel..." --Midwest Book Review

From the Author

I lived in India for many months in the same conditions as my heroine and this is my tribute to the India I once knew. This unique reincarnation story could only take place in that colorful setting. If you like exotic settings and mind-provoking or metaphysical ideas, and especially if you like things Indian, you'll love Ashes for the Elephant God.

Product Details

  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love (October 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00486UG24
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reincarnated love October 1, 2001
In France, Seventeen year old Jean-Francois died of AIDS. His last wish was for his sister, Fabienne Beranger, to take his ashes to India and scatter them over the Narmada River. Once done, Fabienne found she wanted to stay awhile. There, she learned that she had been reincarnated. Back in 1849, she had been known as Lakshmi. She had been a commoner. (Her fiancé had been Mukunda.) Lakshmi had been murdered, trampled under an elephant, by a Kali worshiper. Princess Korana had wanted Mukunda in her bed. When told of Lakshmi's death, Mukunda directed his anger at the princess, knowing she had somehow been responsible. He died, never seeing his beloved again.
Mukunda was reincarnated as an American. He was called "Sahib" by all, but had the honor of being renamed by a swami named Baba. He was renamed, amazingly, Mukunda. He was the chief engineer of the dam project in India. The project had about ten more months of work to be completed. He met Kora, who worked in the beauty shop. She had an Australian accent in today's world. (But you guessed it, she was the Princess Korana from the past!) She, again, wanted Mukunda as her own.
Once again, Mukunda and Fabienne were reunited in love. Yet, once again, Kora would try to tear them apart!
* Author, Vijaya Schartz, succeeded in making Princess Korana the type of villain that everyone loves to hate! That alone shows major talent! The story was slow to start off, but once done (and it did not take too long) I was hooked! The book blended the past and present so well that, while reading, I was not sure which time intrigued me more, 1849 or present date. In fact, I'm still not sure! The characters were well developed. By the ending, I even saw Kora in a different light. An extremely satisfying read! *
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
To scatter her brother's ashes over the Narmada River, Fabienne leaves France for the fabled India of her childhood dreams. Soon, as she awakens to a newfound spirituality, unexpected visions of a former life during the Raj stir ancient yearnings for a long lost passion. Mukunda, the palace architect Fabienne loved in another life a century and a half earlier, lives again as an American engineer and works on the local dam project. But, in this karmic land of the blue gods, the Kali worshiper who murdered the two lovers in a faraway past also awaits. Ashes For The Elephant God is a striking and highly recommended metaphysical novel about love, reincarnation, spiritual awakenings, suspense -- all set against the twin backdrops of modern and ancient India.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing spiritual read October 12, 2010
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Schartz pens a fascinating tale of karma and the power of love with "Ashes for the Elephant God." Fabienne journeys to India to honor her brother's dying wishes only to come face-to-face with her destiny.

The novel opens with Fabienne making the decision to go to India and spread her dead brother's ashes in the town of Ganeshpur. Her brother believed in karma and reincarnation, but Fabienne isn't so sure. Still, she keeps an open mind. Fabienne travels from France to India and stays at the Ganeshpur monastery.
While there Fabienne meets Kora. Kora is also staying at the monastery. Kora has a bad attitude and is full of negative energy. Despite that, Fabienne comes to enjoy monastery life and resolves to help Kora overcome her negativity.

Nearby, an American engineer, Alex Springfield, who the head swami renames Mukunda, is working on a dam. He has a one night stand with Kora who quickly manipulates the event to her advantage. Claiming she's pregnant, Mukunda reluctantly agrees to marry her.

Stuck in a commitment he doesn't want, when Mukunda meets Fabienne, he knows she's his soulmate. Still, he reluctantly stands by Kora. After the dam fails to hold during a flood, Fabienne is trapped in a mudslide. Mukunda realizes he must follow his heart, but is it too late?

Schartz uses a fine touch in dealing with such concepts as karma and reincarnation, never preaching, but showing the reader through the characters the power of karma and how reincarnation allows the soul to grow. The plot is interesting, referring back to Mukunda and Fabienne's past life. The pacing is a bit slow in the beginning, but reflective of Fabienne's journey and acceptance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ASHES FOR THE ELPHANT GOD January 1, 2012
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The book is great and the author Vijiaya explore the middle east and tell you how the family and then how a young women who
is the only relative left for her brother. Fabienne and her brother live together, Fabienne is in the theater and then what
happen that trows a loop in to fabienne life for ever.Jean-Francois dies form the deadly aids virus he tell his sister that
he seen the light and now he live another life and want to be cremated and taken to India and then scatter across the ocean.

Well fabienne go and cremate her younger 17 year old brother and then his friends and one friend came to the service she is
desolate .She is alone for the first time in her live since her parent were killed in a car accident. fabienne go in to the
room her brother used and she seen a pic of him and thinks of happy time and he come back and tell her go and get my will and then
it will tell you and he tell her he will be all way with her.

So what in fabienne mine she want to do what her brother wish but how she had no money and then she had the theater
and then the apt and the cat to take care of.Well she receive a call form the theater and the play been canceled and her
boss said she will get paid for the show cancelled wow now what about the apt and the cat well her friend call and said she
had enough of her parent can she move in with her wow now fabienne said yes and then she is off to her adventure to India

The story take you through the up and down of India and what people believe in reincarnation and all,i will not say any more but i think you will love the way the book ends and then you see the great story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Published 3 months ago by jaleh khatibloo
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book!
Loved the book and the turn of events. Beautifully written! I love the spiritual inspiration it offers very much as well.
Published 6 months ago by Sandeep Ramji
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful world
Beautiful book, very engaging with great chars and landscape. But I really wanted to know more about Kora and Shankar.
Published 10 months ago by Paula Santos
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally something different....
A new spin on a classic love at first sight story. Every enjoyable!! Kora is a fantastic character and I would have liked a little more of her story at the end.
Published 16 months ago by L. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars High praise for excellent writing.
I normally do not care for romance type stories, but this book much more than that. I felt myself urging on the main characters and trying to put myself in their place. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Erin M. Metz
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok, nice idea, too predictable
An easy read, but just not that believable how perfectly it all works out. Some things also just didn't make sense, not believable how quickly the protagonist changes at the... Read more
Published on February 20, 2013 by MamaDog
5.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner!
In Ashes for the Elephant God, the author sweeps the reader through a colorful, exotic tale steeped in intrigue and conflict. Read more
Published on September 3, 2012 by SIL
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book.
I'm not really much for romances, but i found it easy to read this and just skim over the stuff I wasn't interested in (sex It is a wonderful story. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by ferri
4.0 out of 5 stars Past and Present Meet in India
The story opens in 1849 with a young woman, Lakshmi caught in a roaring fire tearing through the jungle in India while attempting to find her lover, Mukunda, but instead is... Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Joan A. Adamak
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I enjoyed this book, the story, and the speaker's journey. I would recommend it as a light and fast read.
Published on April 7, 2012 by Sewbeams
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More About the Author

Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims she also travels through time, and feels just as comfortable in the future as in the far past. Her novels collected many five star reviews and literary awards. She will make you believe you actually lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Find out more at:

"Phenomenal world building, characters the readers care about, and an intriguing mystery... all the elements one expects from a Vijaya Schartz story! Easily recommended!" Debbie - CK2sKwipsandKritique

So, go ahead, dare to experience the magic, and her compelling stories will keep you entranced, turning the pages until the last line.

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