It’s raining mythology in the world of books
From the epic Ramayana to Mahabharata, there is a trend of retelling these popular stories, and readers seem to be lapping up these reinterpretations like never before. So, if you’re a fantasy fan, add these to your list.
Shikhandi by Devdutt Pattanaik
This new book builds on profound ideas that our ancestors shared but which we have rarely inherited. Written by mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik, the book will witness a new angle to the powerful character.
Price: To be released in July
Simian by Vikram Balagopal
This book is a retelling of the Ramayana from Hanuman’s point of view, highlighting the implication of war. The story is based around the often glossed-over episode in the Mahabharata where Hanuman and Bhima meet, though it delves into the story of the Ramayana.
Price: Rs 750
Winds of Hastinapur by Sharath Komarraju
The story revolves around Ganga, the river goddess, who is dying. Bereft of a virgin to pass her knowledge and being to, she is fading away and seeks to tell the story of the Mahabharata as she saw it.
Price: Rs 299
The Vigil by Sarah Joseph
This novel is about the turbulent journey of Angadan, who believes that Raman killed his father, Vali, against all principles of dharma. In The Vigil, the familiar rhythm of the original poem is disturbed by the touch of Angadan’s acerbic touch.
Price: Rs 350
Bhima — Lone Warrior by M. T. Vasudevan Nair
This book retells the epic war from Bhima’s point of view. It takes into account Bhima’s life as a person – his insecurities as a child, forever trying to please Draupadi, of trying to constantly prove himself among the other four brothers. The book takes a new look at the Mahabharata – story of a warrior who could not be defeated, who killed thousands and yet survived to tell his tale. Bhima is intriguing and a fast-paced read.
Price: Rs 350
(Compiled by Subuhi Parvez)