The One Who Swam with the Fishes: Girls of the Mahabharata Paperback – 19 June 2017
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- Item Weight : 125 g
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9352644247
- ISBN-13 : 978-9352644247
- Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.51 x 19.3 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins India (19 June 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #197,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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P.S: One star less due to poor quality of the coverpage. Hope it would be taken care of for the next book in the series!
This book "The One Who Swam With The Fishes" focuses on young Satyavati, who took her future in her own hands, was courageous to speak her mind out to create her own destiny which she rightly deserved. The story is narrated by Satyavati, swinging between her past and present in the successive chapters. The story beings with young little Satyavati, then named as Matsyaganda ( the girl with smell of fish ), being scorned by her adaptive mother. But her father, the king of fishermen, knew her true origin and always encouraged her and prepared her for her destiny which are rightfully hers. The turn of events, leading her to move out of house and discover her gurus, to evolve her as an attractive, brave lady to accomplish the task, to become a queen as she is destined to do. With her charms and bold straightforward answers even the King Shantanu is not left with any other option but to agree to her cruel demands. The story also justifies her actions towards her determined demand to Shantanu and Prince Devavrata, later known as Bheesma, takes the vow to never marry and bear children.
Mythology has always been one of my favorite genre. But with all the narration to give the feel of mythology, the books are quite lengthy and requires focused reading. But this book was just like reading some fairy tale story of a poor girl with a stern step mother, who finds her way out and makes her own destiny. The story is quick and light read, and very engaging. For someone who wants to try a mythology for very first time, this book is highly recommended.
The book starts with a young Satyavati, scorned by her adoptive mother and encouraged by her father to engage King Shantanu in a conversation and catch his eye. We travel through the past and the present scenarios through each successive chapter and get a clear idea of Satyavati’s personality. This young and distraught girl, who had a remarkable fish-like smell, evolves into an attractive and brave lady to accomplish the major task that she was destined to do. And how she goes on to achieve that, is a story to behold. Satyavati’s character is sure to inspire many young female readers and her inherent qualities of courage and straightforwardness are highly admirable. We are finally able to see her point of view when she makes that cruel yet determined request to King Shantanu and Prince Devavrata, later known as Bheesma, promises to never marry or bear children.
Generally, we assume that a book on mythology would have a very serious tone or be a little difficult to comprehend but this book is a really light read and I finished it within two hours, which evidently proves that it was much of a page-turner. With a dash of funny banter between Satyavati and her younger brother, Chiro, and the mystery around the heroine’s search for her lineage, Reddy has composed an entertaining read that also touches the topic of feminism in a beautiful way.
If you are new to mythology and are looking for something to help you dip your feet into this genre, then The One Who Swam With The Fishes is a wonderful read to begin with.