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Shakti: The Feminine Divine: The Divine Feminine Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B015RI7RIM
- Publisher : Rupa Publications India; 1st edition (10 October 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 544 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,669 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from India
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Gender discrimination, rape, molestation, devising code of conduct for women this is something that you will find in most of the novels but the only thing that makes the story extraordinary is that these events happened in Amravathi, yes we are talking about the revered gods and goddesses, who we believed to be untainted with these imperfections. This book brings out the realities that even the women in this holy and the revered land are not free from these crimes. This account diminishes the differences between the mortal and immortal. [...]
The story of Usas was new to me and was first very shocked when I read the happenings because it has happened to the immortal where gods and their respective wives were the witnesses to it.More shocking is that they don't lift their fingers to help the damsel in distress. The narration is such that you don't know to differentiate between the fiction and the mythology part of the story. Something that I would like to highlight is that the incidents of this book that talks about the mishaps that happened to the immortals is what is happening to the mortals in the present day.
This book has been written after the author has well researched, I believe because there are many instances where you as a reader is made to think, and think deep. She has used strong and appropriate words to bring out the emotions in each phase of Shakti.
This work of Anuja Chandramouli could be used as a thesis or reference for those who are doing research of Indian goddesses or mythology.
However, I would not recommend this for the beginners because they need to gain an insight into what Shakti is all about before reading this book.
I enjoyed reading about Shakti, her greatness, her power, her compassion. The only thing I didn't like was the narration about Indra and his wife in some chapters. This novel is based on Shakti ( Goddess Durga ), why wasting pages for stories on Indra. his wife and her jealousy. The book should have covered all about the goddess, her coordination with shiva for functionality of the universe, her cooperative role in the family.
Uncensored and brutal words, which perfectly describe what the character really thinking, I liked it.
Starting and ending is little sudden, I felt like I missed some parts and reading a small version of a big story.
Difference between Gods power in wars to Goddesses is very uneven, unbelievable.
Though the book is only 270 pages long it feels like 500, there are so many long boring conversations, almost no description of nature or surrounding.
Very different from her earlier books and other authors of this genre. Her command of the language is exemplary though very contemporary. A modern day classic that everyone must read.
Top reviews from other countries
But this book makes a good case on why femininity is divine and why the divine must be feminine in nature. The story weaving in and out of fact and fiction alike lends some clarity to how the various goddess forms are one and the same yet apart from each other -shown as a part of the whole and part of each other. A good read but not very true to the popular mythology of the Shakt tradition.