“Against the dazzling epochal backdrop of the Mauryan Empire in ancient India, celebrated for its liberal, humanist and free-thinking traditions, a gripping saga of love, betrayal, hatred and magical transformation sinuously weaves itself. Copper Moon relates the fascinating tale of Odati, daughter of Emperor Ashoka by stunning Urvashi, a Kalingan devadasi. When a great horror strikes, and Odati’s tender young life hangs in the balance, it is the Egyptian Kahotep, Grand Eunuch of Maurya, who risks his own life to spirit her to safety. Within his protective embrace, Odati disguises herself as Amunet and gradually grows into a singer whose angelic skill enchants the elite of Pataliputra. And yet, beneath her lovely façade lurks a cunning assassin waiting for the perfect opportunity to inflict hellish suffering on the man who drove her into the abyss of hell. Impervious to the luminous teachings of Gautama Buddha and other great sages, Odati relentlessly pursues her diabolic quest for revenge. Then, in another bizarre twist of fate, her evil is discovered and she is once again forced to flee for her life. It is now that the jewel-like wisdom she has so fiercely resisted begins to open the reluctant petals of her heart.”

The first seeds of Copper Moon were sown in the foothills of the Himalayas at the eve of the millennium, when I found myself intrigued by the spectacular manner in which Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryas had first transformed himself, then gone on to spread the Buddha’s teachings across the world. It was indirectly because of Ashoka, I realized, that I had had the courage to jump out of my mainstream safety net in the frenetic city of Manhattan and to land in the foothills of the Himalayas.

f5658ac29909776d7f0267ccb7d9fd76Ashoka’s personal life fascinated me—here was a man possessed by terrible demons. The questionable tale of how he’d burnt to death five hundred concubines because one had cruelly mocked him shocked me to the core. Yet this same man had transformed himself into a great ruler whose acts of benevolence are still visible thousands of years later. Soon the complex saga of Copper Moon Over Pataliputra took shape in my mind. Sixteen years later, in the shadow cast by the holy mountain Arunachala, I finished this third novel in a series of three novels about enlightenment (the “Moksha Trilogy”).

Crafting spiritual fiction is its own reward, for one grows in patience, love, empathy and compassion and there is great satisfaction in knowing I can share the luminous gifts that were so freely given to me. Advaita is not two, but, since the ego is incredibly cunning and insidious, it can take eons for some of us to comprehend this. Besides, before we can spin out our ideas into a story that captivates and inspires, we must first digest the wisdom that liberates permanently from suffering, and so the writer is hugely benefited.

Bhagavan RamanaA multitude of beings, human and divine, inspired me to carry on, wonderful beta readers, Mishi Bellamy, who designed this third fabulous cover, and my spiritual comrades: Raj Arunachala and KB. I also owe a great debt to the many adepts, scholars and writers whose works in the vast areas of Hatha yoga, Buddhism, Sufism, Taoism, Advaita-Vedanta and related philosophies continue to inspire me. Finally, immense gratitude to all my gurus from beginningless time, especially to Rudra-Shiva in the form of the sacred hill Arunachala, and Ramana Maharshi, who coax me toward the gnosis that reveals each of us to be the blazing light.

I do hope you enjoy Copper Moon as much as I enjoyed writing her.

Greetings from Arunachala, Shiva the Destroyer in the form of a hill of fire and light, whose sacred vow is to help us transform our darkness into light!

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26 thoughts on “COPPER MOON OVER PATALIPUTRA makes her debut TODAY!!!

      • A lot a work for sure!
        It’s a big project that you have started(the trilogy).
        Having read your various posts describing how much time it took to get the three tomes published and how much you enjoyed writing it,I know it’s a work of love for you;
        congratulations for the hard work and perseverance.🌞❤

      • Just as I finished Copper Moon, I fell ill and have been ill since – close to 3 months, one thing following another – a message for me to slow down! Love and thanks!

  1. Congratulations, Mira! Publishing a book is always a great and gratifying accomplishment. I’m just back from my break and am catching up on blog posts I’ve missed. There have been many, as it took much longer than I expected to edit and format my first novel for republication. I share your excitement and hope the beautiful spirit of your book touches the hearts of those who read her. Much love to you, dear friend ♥

  2. Hello Ma’am,
    I have recently read your book CopperMoon over Pataliputra. I am speechless after reading it. Initially,I felt my feelings were streaming out for Odati and Urvashi,But later only Ashoka was ruling my heart and he continues to do so. You have painted wonderfully about different shades of Ashoka. I am pretty sure that nobody had ever tried to portray Ashoka as you did. Normally all authors would always eulogize heroes as a figure greater than life which makes them a demigod. But your Ashoka was a person who is like any one of us, prone to mistakes and susceptible to emotions. Despite these things, my respect for Ashoka has increased more after reading your book. Not only Ashoka, but all characters like Gabri,Kahtop, Asandimitta,Kunala, Aravinda Tissya( my favorite) have also made sure to leave their imprints in my mind as a reader.

    However, I do feel so bad about the fate of Tissya. I expected Ashoka would say something about her when he was conversing with Samudra. It was an open secret that he loved her terribly still he forgot her on his last days. It was so disheartening, that Ashoka did not feel anything about her in the chapter “tears of Emperor.”

    I loved the book very much and I thank you with all my heart for writing such a wonderful book. It was mindblowing and I am not exaggerating to please you.

    Thanks and Regards

    • Dear Avantika, what a great gift your comments are! Thank you! I am wondering if you like to hear the audio files of CMP – i can send them to you via email – and you can hear them if you are keen and have a good sound system – contact me via the blog and i will send you my personal email if you are interested. Love from Arunachala!

  3. Ma’am, I have a small doubt regarding Ashoka and Tishyarakshita. Apart from Ashokavadana is there any concrete evidence about Tishyarakshita’s role in Kunala’s blinding? or the blinding is a folklore.

    I have searched all over the internet, but I couldn’t find any. One thing which boggles my mind is how come a person like Ashoka can easily get influenced by Tishya to that extent he never knows what happens in the kingdom. Or could it be the cabals led by Radhagupta made Tishya as a scapegoat to overthrow Ashoka? After all, she is just a waiting maiden for Asandimitra(as per Buddhist sources). I don’t think she has that much skills to play politics with persons like Ashoka.

    How can Ashoka make her Agramahishi if she is so evil? He is a powerful monarch, and he would not just jump on a beautiful lady and announce her as a chief queen just like that.

    Though he must be having many beautiful wives at the time of Asandimitta’s death, I think like a real king he must have been very wise in choosing this girl over others.
    The episode of Tishya curing Ashoka comes only after she was made a queen. So what really made him choose (evil?) Tishya?
    Tishya as per sources hates even Bodhi tree and tried to destroy it. But Ashoka seems to forgive her(how?) only for Kunala’s blinding he is punishing her to death.

    Pardon me for throwing some silly questions, but my curiosity is compelling me to ask you this question. I am sure only you can clear my doubt because after reading CMP, I understand that you too have some soft corner for Tishyarakshita(like me). I have tried some history books written by historians,( Even they are not sure about this. Some say Karuvaki is Tishyarakshita. My head is spinning and confusion has got deeper).

    Please forgive me for asking so many questions.
    Thanks and Regards.

    • Was this Tishya character is misinterpreted by chroniclers? Or just to project Kunala as pious they made her villain? My mind refuses to believe that Ashoka would have surrendered to Tishya so blindly.
      What is your take Ma’am?

  4. Avantika, CMP is historical FICTION, remember. Tissya was never evil – it was Amunet who manipulated her in my version. Narcissistic and silly, yes, but basically a good and kind woman. I read everything I could on the background then wove my own story into it. Ashoka (my reading of him) is that he was not fooled – because Tissya was basically a good person – as the novel says. Om!

    • I second your opinion on TIshya ma’am. Tishya does not have any supporters apart from us. Almost all of my friends strongly view that TIshya is a vamp. They fail to perceive that history is after all written by victors glorifying their cause. Only Lord Krishna knows what really happened at that time.

      As far as this novel is concerned, I really loved reading every word of Copper Moon. I came to know about the philosophy of Buddha and ancient social setup of India. Also, I have enriched my vocabulary with many many new words. Thanks for writing such an exquisite novel around Ashoka-my favorite Mauryan King.

      With that same enthusiasm, I have started to read Whip of the Wild Lord. I am loving it.
      Thanks and Regards.

      • Great! I hope you enjoy Whip, and then there is Krishna’s Counsel (B Gita theme). To me, there is no point or use in discussing or trying to analyze historical characters such as tissya – ashoka is different because he transmuted his darkness into light and we know a great deal about him.Best to use that energy on becoming free of dysfunction ourselves. Love!

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