Emotionalizing the Mahabharata: Adding fresh perspectives to the world’s oldest tale

One of the first questions I am often asked at book launches is why I am writing a series based on the Mahabharata. When I first told my agent four years ago that I was thinking of doing something like this, his advice for me was: ‘Don’t do it.’ When I asked why, he said, […]

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 […]

First Look: Winds of Hastinapur

So the guys at Harper Collins assure me that the book is going to come out by October end. Officially this is my first foray out of murder mysteries into fantasy fiction. The book tells the story of the Mahabharata from the points of view of all the prominent women characters. If you’re thinking ‘Ah, […]