Mythology is an interesting branch of history where we have a mix of believes and ideas sanctioned upon a plethora of theories and evidences. This mythological aspect of history, conveyed through marveling stories and written upon charred pieces of paper has been of a great significance to historians who try and decipher the mysteries associated with the same. In india, these aspects of mythological lifestyle have trickled down to influence the lives of common people and have a major say in their day to day functioning. Various ideologies such as “dharma” and Paap-Punya”, have been preached by various generations and are now a conscious part of our everyday decision making. So, who says mythology is just ‘myth’ when its traces can be evidently found within the 21st century?
Hence given below are 5 books which are a must read if you’re a lover of Indian Mythology:
Sita’s Sister by Kavita Kane
Sita’s Sister provides us with an insight into the renowned and well-known epic of Ramayana by giving it an altogether new perspective. Ramayana invariably brings to our minds the significant characters of Ram, Sita, Bharat and Lakshman and the story that unfolds around them. Kavita Kane has retold this great epic from the perspective of Urmila, a lesser known and a relatively overlooked character throughout. The story is put out in a meticulous and a precise manner, retelling an eminent story from an entirely new angle. It is a compelling read covering and evoking almost every human emotion ranging from love and happiness to jealousy and hardships.
The Mahabharata Series by Christopher C. Doyle
A series of four books, with each successive one being better than the former one you’ll have a hard time pin pointing your favorite book from this series. Christopher C. Doyle has maintained a perfect balance to incorporate mythology within the liberal world of today through his marvelous style of storytelling. There are certain areas through the course of the books where you might feel a little out of track, but believe me towards the end it all falls perfectly back into place
The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi
Ashwin Sanghi as an author needs no introduction. He is known for his outstanding and gripping way of storytelling and that is exactly what he has succeeded in doing by his third novel. Krishna key focuses on no particular event of history and is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious combination of the past and the present. The theories put forward are compelling and though fictional, will make you wonder and help you experience history as never done before. Once into it, you’ll only be able to put the book down after reading the very last page.
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
If you haven’t heard of this book already, I don’t know in which mystical world were you residing until now. The palace of illusions is a reimagining of the world-famous epic the Mahabharata from the view point of Panchali or Draupadi. Usually described as “half history, half myth and wholly magical” this novel gives us an entirely new interpretation of the already well known epic. Giving power to the suppressed voices of women and taking us through their miseries and sufferings, Chitra Banerjee has given one of her career best performances through a novel that stays with you days after you have finished reading it.
Karna’s Wife -The Outcast’s Queen by Kavita Kane
Through a terrific blend of mythology and contemporary storytelling, Kavita Kane proved her capabilities through her first ever book. Telling the story of Uruvi a kshatriya princess who chose Karna over Arjun and lived a life full of hardships and how love was sufficient to overthrow them all. A perfect blend of love, friendship, warfare and separation Kavita Kane never fails to entice you with her unique perspective and a gripping form of writing.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your copies now if you haven’t already.