Book Review: The Curse of Gandhari by Aditi Banerjee|An introspective retelling of an unconventional heroine’s story|

Aditi Banerjee’s 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑮𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒊 is an introspective retelling of Mahabharata and how Gandhari and Krishna’s fate intertwined to end in a Curse that destroyed Krishna’s tribe and caused his untimely death. . Banerjee helps us look at this epic through Gandhari’s eyes- A woman of immense virtue, meant for a greater destiny butContinue reading “Book Review: The Curse of Gandhari by Aditi Banerjee|An introspective retelling of an unconventional heroine’s story|”

Book Review: Bhumika by Aditya Iyengar|A Feminist retelling of Sita

Bhumika, the queen who stood up for her people, removed gender biases in a male-dominated society and stood proud by her choices is a fiction rendition of the popular character ‘Sita’ from the epic ‘Ramayana’. Sita, in Valmiki’s ashram, is asked to watch a play performed on the eternal love story of Ram-Sita, a taleContinue reading “Book Review: Bhumika by Aditya Iyengar|A Feminist retelling of Sita”

Book Review: The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni|A Modern-day take on The Ramayana|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): The Ramayana, one of the world’s greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita’s version. The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic,Continue reading “Book Review: The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni|A Modern-day take on The Ramayana|”

Ganga: The Constant Goddess by Anuja Chandramouli

Blurb (as on Goodreads): Believed to be the liquid manifestation of Shakti and the nurturer of the three worlds with her life-sustaining waters, Goddess Ganga is the epitome of beauty and purity, famous for her indomitable spirit and boundless charm. Renowned as a devoted daughter, a caring mother, a passionate lover, and a merciful savior, sheContinue reading “Ganga: The Constant Goddess by Anuja Chandramouli”

Tarikshir: The Awakening by Khayaal Patel

Blurb (as on Goodreads): A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne. But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumberedContinue reading “Tarikshir: The Awakening by Khayaal Patel”

The Liberation of Sita by Volga|A powerful advocate of Feminism|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): Valmiki’s Ramayana is the story of Rama’s exile and return to Ayodhya, a triumphant king who will always do right by his subjects. In Volga’s retelling, it is Sita who, after being abandoned by Purushottam Rama, embarks on an arduous journey to self-realization. Along the way, she meets extraordinary women who haveContinue reading “The Liberation of Sita by Volga|A powerful advocate of Feminism|”

The Sage’s Secret by Abhinav|A fresh perspective on the legend of Kalki-Vishnu’s 10th incarnation|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): In the year 2025, twenty-year-old Anirudh starts dreaming of Krishna. But these visions that keep flashing through his mind are far from an ordinary fantasy-they are vivid episodes from the god’s life. Through these scenes, as Krishna’s mystifying schemes are revealed, Anirudh slowly comes to terms with his real identity . .Continue reading “The Sage’s Secret by Abhinav|A fresh perspective on the legend of Kalki-Vishnu’s 10th incarnation|”

Love amidst War|The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in theContinue reading “Love amidst War|The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller|”

Book Review: Shambuka Rama by Mukunda Rao|The trivial details we all missed|

 Blurb (as on Goodreads): Rama, Lakshmana and Sita chance upon Valmiki’s ashram in the forest. But what is the shudra Shambuka doing there? As Duryodhana lies dying on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, he reflects on all that brought the world to this pass, his guilt and that of his enemies, his loyalties and those ofContinue reading “Book Review: Shambuka Rama by Mukunda Rao|The trivial details we all missed|”

Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: Bloomsbury Genre: Mythology Blurb (as on Goodreads): Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin through their upheaval in Ragnarok. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the mythsContinue reading “Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman”