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Valmiki’s Women by Anand Neelakantan PDF Summary
Would King Dasharatha even have his coveted sons were it not for the sacrifice of his daughter Shanta? Was Manthara an evil, conniving handmaid to the queen, or a loving mother who tried to protect her ward from palace intrigues?
How did Meenakshi of the beautiful eyes transform into the embodiment of ugliness and immoral lust? In an epic that revolves around the life of a righteous prince, what role do the women play?
As bestselling author Anand Neelakantan peels back the layers of Valmiki’s timeless saga, these stories of ambition, love, devotion, and courage shine through, inviting readers to look at the women anew. Lovers, sisters, wives, and mothers who hold a complex epic together—these are the women of Valmiki’s Ramayana.
Anand Neelakantan is the author of the Baahubali trilogy, the prequel to S.S. Rajamouli’s blockbuster movie. Neelakantan is also the author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished, which told the Ramayana from Ravan’s point of view.
I liked the story of Shanta. It will resonate with every woman in a world which prefers sons over daughters.
Manthara is known to be scheming, but the author had not judged her here but painted her in various shades of grey.
Valmiki’s Women is a beautiful collection of short and not-so-short stories based on Ramayana. What makes is stand out is that each and every story gives voice to a forgotten woman character from Ramayana.
It brings a narrative to us, that was never presented to us as we grew up, listening to the tales of Ramayana. Never have these stories been acted out in a play or drama or even mentioned. After all, have we ever stopped and pondered about Tataka’s point of view? Manthara’s life? I never knew Shanta- King Dashratha’s first daughter. And how Surpanakha’s name was Meenakshi.
Apart from giving voice to the stories and lives of these women, each story has writing that is lyrical and satirical. Words that warm and ache your heart while showing us the face of society.
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