Ramayana is the epic which has various characters who teaches us a valuable lesson. Reading these great epics through the eyes of lesser known character is always amazing to read. Kavita Kané, who is best known to highlight the lesser known women characters of Hindu mythology, has again chosen the most misunderstood women character Surpanakha as of her protagonist. Having been already read her book Karna’s Wife, Sita’s Sister and Menaka’s Choice I was super excited to read this book! So let’s see which story this book unfolds.
This book starts with a prolog where Krishna meets a hunchback woman named as Kubja in Mathura. The woman senses some familiarity with Krishna. After some days Krishna meets to the lady and heals her body. Krishna told her that she was Surpanakha in the previous birth and starts narrating to her story.
Meenakshi is the fourth born child to the learned Rishi Vishravas and asur kanya Kaikesi. Her color is dark compared to the other fair and good looking family members, her eyes are fish shaped. (See the beautiful cover page) But the thing which renamed her Surpanakha was her talons.
Growing up in the hatred behavior of her mother, she loves her father. Ravan, her elder brother who has always got the love and privilege of her mother have won Lanka thus fulfilling the aim of Kaikesi. She is now Lanka’s princess but there is no one who can understand her. She is lonely in the golden Lanka as well as in her family.
She able to gain some love in her life through Vidyujiva but fate also snatches this chance away from her. Constant hatred, suppression, and ego of Ravan finally lit the fire of vengeance in heart of Meenakshi cursing her brother to die. What happens next is destruction, the death of a whole generation!
But really Surpanakha was the perpetrator of this war or a mere victim? Was she right or wrong? Who was the main culprit? Read this gripping saga of Surpanakha, a demon princess.
This book starts with an interesting note and maintains the essence throughout the book. The language is pretty easy and narration is captivating making you finish this book in three sittings.
As I have already mentioned in my previous reviews of Kavita Kané’ s book that writing a story through the eyes of lesser known characters of an epic is a tedious task. About Surpanakha, I have just read that she has cursed her brother Ravan that you will be killed by my cause but I have never imagined that anyone can write a whole book on her. This book is very well researched, well narrated and well presented. There was a time in the book when I really find myself hooked with the character of Meenakshi. She was a common girl but her surrounding has made her gain an infamous name in mythology. Apart from Meenakshi’s viewpoint, this book also shows the family of Ravan which I have never read before. This book is going to be my favorite book of the year. Mythology lovers do not miss this book!
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Until next time, Keep reading 🙂