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Shanta : The Story of Rama's Sister Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B072K3XWNL
- Publisher : Westland (18 June 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 192 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 34 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,946 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the story of Shanta, the firstborn, the ‘original’ scion of Ikshvaku, the daughter of Dasharatha and Kaushalya, who came before Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughana, never got the love she deserved. She was "born into affluence, albeit unwanted and unwished for, yet stifled by tradition and rituals."
She was used as a pawn, in the hands of destiny, first by her birth father to help him beget sons and then by her adopted father to save his Kingdom dying from decade long draught.
But destiny had something wonderful in store for her. Starving for love from his father, attention from her mother, she got a husband who left his own world just to be with her, who loved her with utmost purity and from all his heart.
The story of Shanta is extraordinary, she sacrificed and suppressed her wishes just to please her father and be loved by him.
Even though this is a short story, it is quite impactful. I wish the story was more elaborate and showed more of Shanta's life.
The story will be found interesting by a majority of readers because despite Ramayana being one of the most read and adapted scriptures around India, very little is written about "Shanta" - the first born of King Dasharatha and his wife Kaushlya.
In this book we see that Shanta is a girl of age around 16 and she is growing up with mix feelings. His father king Dasharatha is very frustrated of not having a boy-child so far despite having 3 queens, he neglects Shanta. The only solace she can find is in the gestures and actions of her (step)mother Kaikeyi. Grown up in the kingdom of Kekeya, Kaikeyi never has discriminated between a boy and a girl. It is all about skills and capabilities there. She considers Shanta as the perfect choice to be the next ruler after king Dasharatha. She took personal interest in giving her education in almost every field, including the battle! Yes, Shanta was given the training of weapons as well, on the insistence of Keikeyi. Manthara too showered her love on Shanta.
One day, the things took unexpected turn when the king of Anga came with a proposal to Dasharatha. What was the proposal and how it affected the life of Shanta and almost everyone associated (or to be associated) with her, is explored in the book.
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What I like the most in the book is the way the characters are explored. Each character has his/her own attributes and as the tale progresses, they are explored in convincing manner.
Some authors, these days, write about something erotic and sexual point of view, especially about women and give it the name of feminism. That is not the feminism. It is all about respecting one for who he/she is. Everyone should be treated equally, given same opportunities and facilities without having any gender bias, that is it. This book thus is the exploration of the same thing. The way Kaikeyi's character behaves and treats Shanta, shows the way she, herself, was grown up.
Also, the reaction of Rishyashringa's father, after knowing about the decision of his son to get married to Shanta, is something worth reading. No anger, no hate, no prejudice, just accepting what happened and what to happen. Now, this what you call a character of a saint or a sage.
The way the book concludes is another positive point of the book.
This book contains some good gems of writing, here is an example:
"… won’t it be a sweet irony that it needed his daughter to fulfil his desperate need for a son? "
On the downside, the book could have been explored in more detail. It is quite short read. Mostly when during some schemes/promotion, even the full-fledged books are available from somewhere between Rs. 21 - Rs. 99 on Amazon (Kindle Ebooks mainly), many readers may see it as costly.
However, if you want to explore the story of "Shanta - The Sister Of Rama" - this book is a good choice.
A very concisely written story of Ram's sister, Shanta.
Ramayan has its different interpretation and modification according to different regions and beliefs. I wasn't aware of this version of Ramayana until I read this book.
Shanta, is portrayed as Dashrath & Kaushalya's first child who was later given away in adoption to Romapada, King of Anga.
She always yearned for her father's love while Dashrath kept yearning for a son. She wanted to become a warrior but she was prohibited from learning any skill saying that women of Suryavansha don't belong to war field.
She was given for adoption in the belief that her adoption will lead to the birth of a son, the heir of Ikshvaku clan.
After her adoption, Karma plays the game.
🍁It was a very short yet compelling read and the author has done a brilliant job in just 35 pages.
🍁 I'm not sure about the facts penned in the book but I can say that it was a delightful read.
🍁I loved the picturization of Kaikeyi and Manthara's character as a supportive person rather than a negative one.
🍁The reader can clearly visualise the foul beliefs and male dominance that prevailed during those times.
I think it is a MUST read to know the other part of Ramayana.
Author appreciation: Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author particularly from Kerala, India. He has done a brilliant work in Indian literature through different mythological fictions that he has written.
The author justifies the protagonist on her role and mirrors the society and its outlook around her, in a sharp peircing way.
This is a story, which you may love cherishing by reading it over again and again.
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Love the angle and imagination of the author
Happy to have read this book - the interplay of beliefs, emotions, action and thevreality of life lingers on....