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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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik|A Rumpelstiltskin retelling featuring badass women|

Blurb (as on Goodreads): Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, …

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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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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 the …

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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 of …

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