I've been wanting to read Nellakantan every since my MIL and wife rave about Asura. And for some reason I start with Meenakshi as my first book. It's rivetting! And it's already over!! Do not realise is a short story. Great thoughts written simply and elegantly. KEY MESSAGE? Return Love with compassion, if not Love itself. And NEVER return bitterness, because the love that is offered is precious. Shoorpanaga's Lesson for boys and girls who feel lousy for being dumped out of love affairs.