“The breeze is so cool and soothing,” she said. That day her face was different. Her spirits were unrestrained. A gust of wind sprinkled a mass of her hair on her face. With her right hand, she started pushing her disarrayed hair backwards. I observed her pearl studded bangles, the same bangles that she wore long ago while she had nursed my fever-ravaged body. She turned, and our eyes met. The cold breeze tingled sensations; the nocturnal wind was lurid.
In the background of the first century BC coastal Orissa, a riverine port town, a fatal attraction developed between the beautiful daughter of the court singer of Kamalpur and a young flute player who rose to prominence in the kings army. Will their forbidden love be crushed by society, or will their love succeed against all odds?
Sujata P. Swain is the proud wife of a successful doctor, a mother of two sons and now serving as a senior civil judge in Orissa. As a child, she grew up listening to fairy tales, mythological stories and historical stories from her mother, a Sanskrit scholar, and developed a penchant for stories. She lost her mother to cancer in her teens. Her father, an Indian Police Service officer, was her teacher and guide. She has made a lot of research to create the society of the first century BC, Kalinga, in the backdrop of a port town, to create a historical romance fiction, The Flower of the Dark Night.