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 but …

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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 tale …

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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, …

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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, she …

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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 outnumbered …

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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 have …

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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 . . …

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