Only she can save them all.


Sixteen-year-old Chandra S. Chengappa had hoped she could pass for the
average American teenager by stocking store shelves at her mother’s Ayurveda
shop, being a competitive dancer, and avoiding her bullies like the plague. But
she has a monster of a secret: She can see evil in the form of the rakshasi—a
demon that is supposed to exist only in South Asian folklore.

After discovering a glowing disc hidden among a collection of ancient Indian
artifacts in her mother’s yoga studio, Chandra starts to have strange visions
of a past she cannot remember, and a future she wants no part of. She soon
realizes that the ruthless rakshasi is near and wants what she has—a map hidden
in the scars of her disfigured hands that leads to the Golden Trishula—a
powerful, celestial weapon that was once wielded by the Hindu Goddess Durga,
that controls the past, present, and future.

When tragedy strikes, Chandra and her sister must leave their small Virginia
town and go live with a family friend in a remote jungle village in India that
has been devastated by the rakshasi. With the help of a cunning fortune teller,
a fashion-forward Lambadi historian, a handsome daredevil, and a kind-hearted
cow herder—Chandra must forge ahead into the unknown and prepare for the fight
of her life to destroy the evil before the people and the jungle she has fallen
in love with are plunged into a supernatural darkness forever.



In my hand there are lines,
A map to the past, present, and future,
that is all mine.
If you read them, you will see
Death and destruction belong to me…

-Chandra Subamma Chengappa, the girl who sees monsters-

THE CRANE IN THE MIST: Tales Untold Anthology

While visiting their grandparents in a remote Indian village, siblings, Kaveri and Bopu, set out on a trek through the lush jungle to find the auspicious location where Igguthappa, the God of Harvest, is said to have sent his arrow. When their map goes missing, the pair is forced to navigate a heavy fog, a herd of elephant, and a rapidly moving river, or they’ll be lost to the jungle forever.    

The Crane in the Mist, is a short story that is based on the South Indian Kodava folktale about the God of Harvest, Igguthappa, and his youngest sister, Thangamma, Goddess of Poverty, and their strong sibling bond.