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Reviewed in India on 7 June 2018
ever since I have started reading Kavita Kane’s books, I have become a fan of hers. it has been a lot many times that I have referred to sita’s sister in my writings for it is such an amazing book- as it was told to me by my other reviewer friends- but never had I read it. but finally the day has come and I have completed reading it.
mythology is a critical subject and more critical is it’s retelling as if you do not know the tale properly and cannot narrate it in a gripping way then the reader would not find it interesting. I feel it is just a cup of tea for Kavita Kane for retelling mythology.
the book is the story of Urmila and along-side Lakshmana-maybe somehow, he is also given some more importance- told in a new twisted and poetic way. the book focuses on lesser-known characters like Manthara- the woman who conspired against rama, Aswapati- the father of kaikeyi, Bharata and Mandvi- the son and daughter-in-law of kaikeyi, Kaikeyi- the second and favourite wife of Dasaratha and finally the most beautiful of all Urmila, herself.
the best part of the book is its beauty in language and gripping narrative. I felt that the beauty of the language and strong vocabulary of Kavita mam makes the book, truly a “masterpiece”. one cannot put down the book if you have started once. although the book is of 300 pages, you would at least two days if you are a fast reader- for completing the book, for you need to understand each line along with its difficult words.
for the narration, it is just mind-boggling. the way she captures each character and emotions in her pen would leave you enthralled.
the book is a fiction and it totally stands for its genre. you would read new tales like the secret of Kaikeyi and how she makes rama go into the forest just for killing Ravana, the story of Urmila not sleeping for 14 years but rather acting as an uniter of the family and the one who handles the situation and turmoil very well.
another perk of the book is its philosophy. you would see a lot of beautiful ideas of philosophy hidden within tales. the way the fights are metaphorised- the most beautiful of which is when Ravana is unable to pick up the Shiva Dhanush, and the other scenes are explained truly captures the full attention of the reader.
the ending is just mesmerising, the way the author makes it a conclusive one by explaining how Urmila had faced the fiercest pangs of separation unlike sita- who had her husband with her and unlike the twins Mandvi and Kirti who had their husbands with them may be far but still close makes it hit the right note.
the book shows two phases of Urmila, the first as a daughter and scholar- the scenes are when she goes to the brahmayagna of her father as an independent scholar and even as a daughter when she laughs, giggles and cracks some jokes. the second is the rebellious part, in which she debates with Kashyap for her rights to speak in front of men and others. the book totally is a worth reading. and if you have not read it, it is totally your huge loss.
overall the book is in simple words a “masterpiece”. a perfect tapestry of myth and imagination.
imaginative. intrigue. intense.
I would recommend the book to all the mythology lovers and to everyone who loves fiction and I am sure they would love the gripping story.
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