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MOHINI: THE ENCHANTRESS Paperback – 10 August 2020

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Most importantly, he finally arrived at the simple truth, which quelled the crushing fear and doubt that he had carried over from the charred remains of his past: All of us have something to do with everything, even if it is nothing.

Every once in a while, over the course of our ceaseless wanderings and endless adventures, we found ourselves with a bird’s eye view of the mighty events that rocked the three worlds. We watched the Great Flood, saw the blade of a mighty axe hefted and lowered over and over again, leaving Bhumi Devi drenched in blood. An infuriated woman with unbound tresses plucked out her breast and hurled it at the capital of a mighty kingdom, turning it to ash. An army of monkeys built a bridge across the sea to fight a demon-king who had abducted another man’s wife.

There was something strangely serene about him, given that he was about to be decapitated with a single blow. It was almost as if he believed that it was all happening to someone else.

When the deed was done, a beautiful woman mourned the passing of her husband by gently picking up the fair head and kissing his lips one last time before the God who walked among men took it from her. There was no theatrical wailing, keening, beating of the breast or broken bangles. She sat in a corner, with her face buried in her hands, pouring her tears and grief into her palms. The profound misery and aching sorrow that spilled forth from between the gap in her fingers was a palpable thing. She wasn’t the only one who grieved for the deceased. He had been more beloved than he knew, and many added their tears into the void left by his passing.

It was all very affecting. But we couldn’t linger. He now had the closure he had journeyed through such difficult terrain to find, and it was time to move on. There were so many more journeys to undertake, unexplored places to visit, lives to live, stories to tell and a lover to love.

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  • Publisher : Rupa Publications India (10 August 2020); Rupa Publications India, Ansari Road, New Delhi
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9389967260
  • ISBN-13 : 978-9389967265
  • Item Weight : 327 g
  • Dimensions : 13 x 1.52 x 19.7 cm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer : Rupa Publications India, Ansari Road, New Delhi
  • Packer : Rupa Publications India, Ansari Road, New Delhi
  • Generic Name : Book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating retelling
By Raksha Soni on 1 September 2020
Mohini the enchantress by Anuja Chandramouli is a fascinating book to read. It is a beaufiful retelling of the story of the strong mythological character, Mohini.

Mohini was created by Lord Vishnu to enchant Asuras to win the battle without tearing blood drops. She was praised for her beauty and engulfed with fascination such that people were ready to forego their luxuries and possessions to be with her. Mohini was bearer of irresistible beauty that no one can imagine their world without her. She had even passed through the alleys of Lord Shiva's heart.

The author has boldly presented the perspective of Mohini about Indian Gods and Goddesses. There are a number of tales and fables about Mohini being just an evergreen enchantress, but this book will open up many unread and unheard pages of her story. She is an independent character and doesn't need anyone. She doesn't seek anybody's approval. She is more than an enchantress and her role in the history is embarked with brave and bold self-sufficient personality.

Anuja has beautifully highlighted other strong female characters like Diti and Aditi, Ganga, Bhumi Devi and Kavyamata and their importance. I would have never known their roles and significance in the history. She has also put light on the flaws and mistakes of Gods and the literary. Asura's weren't always the evil, but the Gods had also served somehow as the depravities. There is also the mention of patriarchy, women'a tyranny and LGBTQ community.

Overall, it is a flattering retelling of Mohini's story which is so modern and relatable. However, the language of the book is so refined that everyone may not get what the author is narrating and serving. The starting was slow and off, it took time to build up the plot of the story, but it caught the pace later.

The author has well researched about the fables of Mohini and demonstrated the same in an incredible manner. The cover of the book is so beautiful. I am fascinated by the author's impressive and modern way of presenting the old age fable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Simple story but scholarly worded- unreadable to me
Reviewed in the United States on 25 January 2021
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