Breathe into the Silences of the Mahabharata: The Queens of Hastinapur

Blurb Ganga. When she speaks, we must listen. For she is the giver of life, the oldest, kindest, wisest of mothers. She has seen this land take form, swell with power. She has witnessed people pillage it, and bring about the end to the age of kings in a great, futile war. The battle of […]

Book Giveaway: 5 Copies of Winds of Hastinapur Up For Grabs

If you’ve already bought and read my third novel, The Winds of Hastinapur, you can nod off to sleep. (Or you could use the time you would have spent to read this post and write a customer review on the book’s Flipkart page.) But for all those of you who have not read the book […]

Heroes of the Mahabharata: The 5 faces of Karna

In response to my previous post about neglected characters in the Mahabharata, many comments referred to Karna, which sort-of propelled me to do this post. Karna is one of the most enigmatic characters in the epic. If you could pick just one person from the story who personifies its ‘grey’ nature, you would do well […]

Who are some neglected characters of the Mahabharata?

As some of you may know, I’ve just begun a series of novels telling the stories of some of the ‘bit-part’ players of the Mahabharata. The first book, The Winds of Hastinapur, looks at Ganga and Satyavati, the two people who, as mothers of Bhishma, sire the race of the Kurus. The book ends with […]

Book Launch: The Winds of Hastinapur

The good folk at Harper Collins have decreed that there shall be a launch for my novel ‘The Winds of Hastinapur’. Since the novel is a feminine view of the Mahabharat, we thought it will be nice to have a discussion on the depiction of women in Indian myths. Joining me in conversation will be […]