17 Fascinating Women From The Mahabharatha by Sharath Komarraju is the second book for the #YearofBooks 2018 I read(The first book is here). Okay I have to confess, I have started reading books on Kindle app on my phone and I must say am loving it. I almost feel like am cheating on my paperbacks and hardcover. 🙁 But really, the traffic in Jakarta means oodles of time sitting idle and the new Samsung galaxy S8 sure added to the need for the Kindle App. I not only read faster, but I don’t need to carry a heavy load around. But I don’t wish to turn into a e-reader completely, I love my paperbacks and will never abandon them. 🙂 Anyways back to the book review.
Yay or Nay
Not just yay, hell yay! This book is a compilation of not just stories but a glimpse of the women’s lives and a little opinion on who they were and what they stood for. 17 Fascinating Women From The Mahabharata is a book I enjoyed more as a character analysis and understanding each of the women protagonists of Mahabharata better.
Review of 17 Fascinating Women From The Mahabharatha
I picked up this eBook on a whim, as I skimmed through Indian author books I could read for free. Yes am one of the many million who looks for free stuff, before spending money on it. 🙂 Boy! am I glad, to have stumbled on this book. 17 Fascinating Women From The Mahabharata by Sharath Komarraju is a compilation of stories, not a novel. 17 women who meant a lot more than ‘something’ in the epic Mahabharata.
I enjoyed the way the author, Sharath Komarraju’s writes about each one of protagonists – their birth, short life story and the demise. No nonsense way of telling you a story that you need to know. The highlight for me is the subtle way in which he analyzes each of their characters in each chapter. There are no judgement based on situations but on their reactions to each of the incidents in their life.
My favourite stories or say chapters were Kunti, Gandhari, Damayanti and Savitri. Reading the book 17 Fascinating Women From The Mahabharatha gave me new perspectives to the characters of these 4 women. I was surprised by the Savitri story and it intrigued me as to how she really may have been and how she came to just stand for just one thing – Patnivrata. I wish the author would write a book on her.
All in all, I would recommend to read the book 17 Fascinating Women From The Mahabharatha by Sharath Komarraju to know strong women existing all the time. It’s only that there is never much talk about them.
Every person has various sides of them. The one side that gets highlighted is invariably believed to describe the person as a whole. But the truth is, everyone has many facets to themselves. For example, we see Kunti to be the mother, who cared for all the children and sacrificed her happiness for them. But there is also maybe an ambitious side to her and why she may have wanted one wife for all the 5 children. To think of it as a whole, we judge the person next to us based on certain situations to be bad, wrong at one moment. The same person proves our judgement wrong in many other situations.
One situation and reaction doesn’t make a person but millions of other instances that come together. This book it made me wonder, if everyone has a role to play in this life – big or small and yet an important one.