The Winds of Hastinapur (Hastinapur, #1)

The Winds of Hastinapur (Hastinapur, #1) My Hair Is White And Thin, Now In A Few Moons, The Goddess Will Claim Me, And I Do Not Have A Fresh Young Virgin By My Side To Absorb My Knowledge And Take My Place Once I Am Gone The Mysteries Of Ganga And Her Sight Will Vanish With Me, And The Great River Will Become Nothing Than A Body Of Lifeless Water It Is My Intention, Therefore, To Tell You The Story As It Happened, As I Saw It Happen The Mahabharata Is The Story Of Women, Even Though Men Have Focused Far Too Much On The Great Battle It Is Women Who Have Set Events In Motion, Guided The Action And Measured The Men The Winds Of Hastinapur Begins At The Point That Ganga Was Cursed And Sent To Earth She Lives Among The Mortals And Bears Shantanu, The King Of Hastinapur, Seven Children, All Of Whom She Kills With The Eighth, She Leaves That Boy, Who Returns To Earth, Will Prove To Be The Key To The Future Of HastinapurThe Story, As Told Through The Lives Of His Mother Ganga And Stepmother Satyavati, Is Violent, Fraught With Conflict And Touched With MagicA Lady Of The River Who Has No Virgin Daughter To Carry On Her Legacy, Celestials Who Partake Of A Mysterious Lake They Guard With Their Very Lives, Sages Overcome By Lust, A Randy Fisher Princess These And Other Characters Lend A Startling New Dimension To A Familiar Tale SharathKomarraju Does Not So Much Retell The Epic As Rewrite It

Sharath Komarraju is an author of fiction and nonfiction based in Bangalore, India Once a software engineer, now he writes for a living, and on lazy days he watches cricket and talks to his wife often at the same time.His most popular work to date is the Hastinapur series, in which he speaks into the silences of the Mahabharata story through the epic s many women characters.

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  • 10 April 2019

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  1. says:

    Myth is truth which is subjective, intuitive, cultural and grounded in faith Dr.Devdutt Pattanaik, an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author Hindu Mythology is so rich and divine and with so enlightening filled with millions of legends, that if you re an author, than you can t stop yourself from making the most incredible story of your life out of it Similarly, Sharath Komarraju an Indian author has also spun his new book, The Winds of Hastinapur based on the Mahabharata and its legends.Synopsis My hair is white and thin, now In a few moons, the Goddess will claim me, and I do not have a fresh young virgin by my side to absorb my knowledge and take my place once I am gone The Mysteries of Ganga and her Sight will vanish with me, and the Great River will become nothing than a body of lifeless water It is my intention, therefore, to tell you the story as it happened, as I saw it happen The Mahabharata is the story of women, even though men have focused far too much on the Great Battle It is women who have set events in motion, guided the action and measured the men The Winds of Hastinapur begins at the point that Ganga was cursed and sent to Earth She lives among the mortals and bears Shantanu, the King of Hastinapur, seven children, all of whom she kills With the eighth, she leaves That boy, who returns to Earth, will prove to be the key to the future of Hastinapur The story, as told through the lives of his mother Ganga and stepmother Satyavati, is violent, fraught with conflict and touched with magic.A lady of the river who has no virgin daughter to carry on her legacy, Celestials who partake of a mysterious lake they guard with their very lives, sages overcome by lust, a randy fisher princess these and other characters lend a startling new dimension to a familiar tale I found the characterization to be very profound and vivid And the fact being that all the characters that we read on Mahabharata are very surreal, still the author has made an effort to make these characters lively and quite edgy The emotional scope that he explored with his main protagonists is brilliant and that motherly loss and grief and pain are very well depicted The author has also explored so many untold legends in his own imagination and I can t agree that he did it skillfully The relationship between Ganga and Satyavati is something very precious to read in this and is definitely the prime attraction of the book With carefully chosen simple words, the narration turned out to be nice and interesting The only flaw that I could find was that there were certain mysteries in the plot I wished the author could have unfolded them realistically, and also at times, I wandered away from the story The climax was okay, not that dramatic In short, this legend is quite enlightening and the author has done full justice to one of the greatest mythological tales of our country.Thanks to Good reads for choosing me as a First Read Winner and thanks to the author for sending me over a copy of his book in return for an honest review.

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    I have always been fascinated by mythology Even though I had never read the books, I have seen the adaptations on television ever since I can remember I know the tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata pretty well, all thanks to my grandmother who used to explain the story to me while we were watching it I have wanted to read the original stories though After reading the Ramayana I fell in love with the mythological genre The only problem is that it takes a really long time to finish the books and it has so many characters that you need to read it with a keen eye Thankfully Sharath Komarraju s adaptation of the Mahabharata comes in a series of books, told in the point of view of the lesser known ladies of the epic So when, the author himself asked me to review the first book of this series, I jumped at the opportunity I had not read any of his books before For the record, Sharath Komarraju is the author of Murder In Amaravati and Banquet On The Dead So, I read this book like as if it was his first My hair is white and thin, now In a few moons, the Goddess will claim me, and I do not have a fresh young virgin by my side to absorb my knowledge and take my place once I am gone The Mysteries of Ganga and her Sight will vanish with me, and the Great River will become nothing than a body of lifeless water. It is my intention, therefore, to tell you the story as it happened, as I saw it happen The Winds Of Hastinapur is the story of Mahabharata indeed, but it focuses on the women instead of the famous and infamous men of the epic No one has tapped into the emotions of the women of Mahabharata until now, apart from the tale of Draupadi told in the Palace Of Illusions The very fact that the story is told from a woman s point of view makes it interesting The book is split into two parts The first part is the tale of Ganga and the second part is the tale of Satyavati The first part starts in the past with the river maiden Jahnavi also known as Ganga, who lives among the celestials of Meru, who are immortal, thanks to water of the great lake Prabhasa, the Vasu cursed by a sage s wife, asks her to bear him and his brothers in her womb as the curse ordains them to be born as humans Ganga is hence cursed and sent to earth to be the wife of Shantanu Her sole purpose of coming to earth is to bear a son to the great King, the son who shall one day rule the land of Hastina The son who shall rule Hastina would be the eighth son of Ganga and Shantanu Hence, she kills seven of her own sons by drowning them in the river The only son that survives is Devavrata The first part ends with him leaving the place where he grows up, Meru.The second part is the story of Kali, the daughter of a fisher man who is later known as Queen Satyavati when she marries Shantanu This part is mainly about how she gets to be the second wife of Shantanu She is the powerful one here with a keen eye on matters of politics and everything else She symbolizes total power that takes down everyone around her, mainly the destiny of Ganga s son The contrast between Ganga and Satyavati is enchanting and brought out beautifully by the author But it is the story of Bhishma that stands out here Marvellous and spellbound Sharath uses simple words to convey the story and portrays the characters as normal beings and not like the ones who can fly or go invisible Each character has a story to tell and it is refreshing to read it I loved the character of Satyavati than anyone else as she is real than anyone around Ganga comes with her share of fantasies, but is an underrated character here The author does a wonderful job in bringing out the emotions of the women Be it sexual or otherwise These feelings were not shown in any of the adapted sagas on television.The book is a delight to read and keeps the reader wanting for I cannot wait for the next book to be out now However, I found two negatives in the book One, the spellings There are quite a lot of spelling mistakes in the book which I found troubling Also there is an unwanted use to capitals every now and then Not the author s fault, the editing team needs to proof read it one again, before the next print Second, the cover The story inside is so captivating that the outer cover does not do justice to it At all It looks too plain and mediocre The contrast between the two leading ladies of the book would have made for a better cover Hopefully, these two points will be taken care of in the coming sequels.Verdict A delightful read and keeps the reader hooked Not only for the fans of mythology Fiction lovers can enjoy it too.Rating 4 out of 5.

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    Hindu mythology has always attracted my attention and of them, the retellings of Mahabharata and its characters are my favorite So when I was given an opportunity to read and review a book based on Bhishma, I knew I couldn t miss it The Winds of Hastinapur is a story told by Ganga, the first wife of Shantanu, one of the Kuru Kings, and Satyavati, his second wife who was a fisher girl in the kingdom.The first part, told by Ganga, tells us about the world beyond mountains, in Meru where Celestials live how she was cursed to go to the Earth, to bear seven children and then eventually kill them all, and how she takes the eighth child, who is allowed to live, to Meru, to study the scriptures This eighth son, is Devavrata, who is later known as Bhishma.The second part, is told from the point of view of Satyavati, or Kali, who lives in the fishing communities of the Kingdom of Hastinapur She convinced King Shantanu to marry her, and make her sons the kings after him She also tells us about his relationship with Sage Parashara, and how she bore a son with him, who was sent to Brighu to study Vedas he is later known as Veda Vyasa.What I loved the most about the story is how the author successfully managed to turn the facts into an amazing story Only an author with a strong command on words and an outstanding ability to turn those words into spell binding situations can write with such splendid I hadn t read any book by Sharath Komarraju before, but after this I m sure I m going to read from him.Another thing which probably stood apart is the vivid imagery throughout the book The reader will often find himself immersed in the story so much so that he will actually experience the story Again, the author worked his magic with the words and took us away to a great adventure.But the major disappointment might be how the women are presented in this story Even though, this story is supposed to be highlighting the importance of women in Mahabharata, it ended up objectifying women and showing them as pawns of desire and lust It always has been like this throughout the history, but women still could have been shown in a positive light there is much about women than just being the objects of beauty and lust I found it lacking throughout the book While women of the story could have been shown with much potential, it never happened in the story I feel that the entire essence of the book was extinguished.The first part of the story told by Ganga, had a really good story building up Without giving much away, there were questions raised, answers given, major character developments could be seen as well as great plot twists But the second part revolving around Satyavati, initially started out very good, but eventually turned flat in comparison with that of Ganga s The story felt rushed and not much really happened in that story.Nevertheless, I have to say that the book presented a good insight into Bhishma s side of story in Mahabharata, and how the Great War was actually due to the various decisions made by women such as Satyavati and Ganga.Originally on

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    4.5 StarsReview at A Bookworm s Musing this book for mythology delivered from a different point of view, but with magic and flair that is necessary with the genre To hear the Mahabharata, or rather a part of it, from the viewpoint of two of the women in the epic was a refreshing change, and it brought with it those unexpected twists that I quite enjoyed reading If there is anything that holds the book back, I feel it is the cover design which wasn t up to scratch One that Indian mythology lovers will love to read, I feel.

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    The Winds of Hastinapur is the tale of the Beginning of the End Hold on put a BEFORE , before the quotes It is perhaps, the most beautiful re telling of the epic, I have ever come across Beautiful in the sense that it reads much like a poetry The story is full of colours, vividness and the emotions and depths, expressed by the two leads and paints a really intoxicating and remarkable imprint into one s mind The characters seem full fledged, layered upon respective perfections and faults, and woven into a literal state of art The author brings in the idea of Shakta Devotion from the medieval times One can clearly see, the incorporation of the divine being as a female, in the MOTHER GODDESS the Nature itself, is clearly from the Devi Bhagavatam And this construct, opens up a new window to the old and familiar world of the Mahabharata.The traditional concept of the THREE TRINITIES and patriarch Aryans, and many of that has been re constructed to suit the author s perception, where MALE of the species are the most selfish and are not generally wary to hold on to their words and are keen to act on the urges of their basic instincts Though to be precise, this centuries old loved epic is known to have only one heroine The fiery fire born princess Draupadi, but this tale is not of her It starts ages before her The story is from the viewpoint of two females GANGA Book 1 and SATYAVATI Book 2 Both the ladies have strong personalities yet they have their own moments of weakness which carve the readers way to what they really feel inside It begins with Ganga s voice Through the ages, this story will be retold by many And really, it is one of the re telling that I believe, is going to echo in my mind for quite sometime It starts at the end or may I say it opens at the close as many of the Mahabharata inspired fictions do in flashbacks the death of Pandavas while ascending the Meru parvat and from here, Ganga starts her tale the story of the River Maiden, and the scenic transition from Jahnavi to Ganga and everything in between The tale of her mother, the curse of the Vasus, her marriage to Shantanu, her fondness of her son Devavrata, and the terrible duty of a curse she has to be a part off Her complex and confused relationship with Shantanu and the dilemma she had to face is quite well drawn Ganga is torn between her duty as a mother and her duty as a river maiden Her utter desperation when she comprehends that she had to let her son go, is heartrendingly brought out and makes you feel for her.This half of the book infuses new terms and techniques to the science of mythology, defining new origins about the humans, and immortals Concepts of immortality, the equilibrium within nature and the universe, greater benefit of the greater good , and quite a few other extremely powerful concepts have been woven into the story of Ganga However, I hoped, the author would somehow explain the SCIENCE of curse , which he didn t But, that doesn t mean that I can t catch the thing in the next novels to come out But, it was the second part, the story of the fisher girl that I enjoyed most the tale of Kali, becoming the sensuous Satyavati A hopeless solitary reaper who is marginalized and to whom nobody cares to give a second look due to her physical irregularities, transforms herself to a divine nymph of her own accordance Who doesn t love an underdog The author sews her story with sparkling colors She doesn t shy away to see what she sees, or speak what she meant to convey Her emotional upheaval, her desires and guilts, her attempt at endurance and fallback and achievement and the final feeling of helplessness is well brought out in a griping narration I found a small contradiction here, where weights were being measured in KG s D v , given it is unheard in scriptures and history till the modern age and the protocol itslelf was imported by Britishers and yet, after these two views are shared, we get another character in the shadows .who glues them together Devavrata Bhisma binding her two mothers Apart from these three main characters, the roles of Jahnavi s mother, Shantanu, Kali s father, Krishna Dwaipayana, and the three Kashi Princess and may I say every each other characters here are given appropriate layer of shades to their characteristics.The writing is musical and evocative, and what is truly commendable is how the author has taken a story driven by physical conflicts and womanized it by giving it a rich, tender layer of emotionalism The view from the eyes of the two women is unique, as it brings out softer and finer emotions in the story and makes it human and believable Also the use of scientific logic to explain the mystical happenings in the story makes the story real and believable.This being the first book in the series, all I can say that the bar is set very high for the next books to follow I was really into the amazing narration and the exquisitely detailed poise with which the author has woven his tale, from the perspective of the women The story is really like the startling new dimension to a familiar tale, it boasts off It s starkly refreshing and I was hating the idea of being it at end.There are going to be TWO books in this series atleast , that I want to get released soon As I am eagerly waiting for knowing the author s take on other women viewpoints As it s the great epic ever, there is no shortage of such ranging from Gandhari, Kunti, Madri, Draupadi, Duhshala, Hidimba, Subhadra, Ulupi, Chitrangada, Uttara etc Even bring on Bhanumati and wives or female characters those were sidelined I wonder which of these will take precedence over the others and make their voices heard through subsequent installments of the series All I can say is that I AM WAITING vA must recommended book for MAHABHRATA and alternate history mythology fiction lovers

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    Mahabharata , the great epic , is impregnated with so many sub stories that it would not be an exaggeration to say that it might take a lifelong read to absorb all the intriguing incidents and their inter connections And it is a story of women , women with sharp minds , great political vision and bodacious beauty to allure men of high stature making them mere marionettes Sharath Komarraju , in his book The Winds of Hastinapur , has woven a story picking two not so focused female characters from Mahabharata , Ganga , the mother of Bhishma and Satyabati , Bhishma s step mother.It was this unique characterization that first attracted me to read this book For we all know , that the most powerful female character ancient Indian literary works has ever witnessed is, Draupadi , who was indirectly or directly responsible for the Great Battle of Kurukshetra and thousands of books ,dramas, verses have been written taking her as the protagonist But Sharath s delineation started from the very beginning of the story , at that point of time when the seed of the Great Battle was just sown When the mighty AshtaVasus robbed Nandini , the heavenly cow of Sage Vasishta and his wife Arundhati and were eventually cursed to take birth on earth It was then that Ganga , was chosen to be the mother of all eight of them and was sent to earth to marry Shantanu , the king of Hastinapur Among the eight , all seven were supposed to return to Heaven soon after their birth as Ganga dropped them in the river but the eighth , who was cursed to live a long mundane , monotonous life as an earthling , survived and known as Debabrata or Pitamah Bhishma.Sharath Komarraju has made this familiar story line a smooth concoction of mythology and fiction The so called Gods and Goddesses like Vishnu, Indra are depicted not with reverence but they are very much affected by mortal negativity like jealously , envy and slyness They are shown to have negative skills which they often used to achieve their ends The concept of Heaven has been described as a place , Meru , where everything was under control , even the natural forces but even then it had to depend upon earth for some essential everyday supplies Thus the vulnerability of Meru has been projected A plausible explanation has been given for the immortality of the inhabitants of Meru The concept of Crystal Lake is based on the law of Conservation of Energy and that everything maintains a perfect balance in the universe.The Asuras demons are named as the Mighty Ones or Dark Ones and the concept of Amrita elixir of immortality along with the myth of Vishnu s Mohini avatar has been depicted in an interesting manner Sharath has established the concept of one and only God , Devi Bhagawati , who maintains an eternal balance throughout the universe and that the concept of Karma , what goes around , comes around.What I like most in the book is the way the characters of Ganga and Satyabati has been portrayed Ganga , the Lady of the Lake , full of motherly virtues and emotions never wants her son Debabrata to lead a cursed life on earth But she is helpless as The line of men was always measured by the father Yes , the mother bore him, fed him, carried him, reared him, but it was the father whom the son ought to follow.On the other hand Satyabati or Kali has been shown as an independent , intransigent woman with great ambition and political vision From the daughter of the head of a clan of fishermen , she raises herself to the seat of the Great Queen of Hastinapur , queen of Shantanu Not only that she also makes it that her line of descendants are to be crowned as kings instead of Debabrata , the son of Ganga Not only that , she coerces all the needed facilities for her clan , all those privileges from which the fisher people are shunned so far Satyabati here , is a pragmatic , matter of fact woman The crux of her character is her foresightedness and practical wisdom She knows what she wants in life and achieves it She never repents on losing her virginity and believes that virginity is being pure in thought and action , being unafraid as long as your emotions have nothing immoral about them and taking pride in the gifts that the gods have given you , and spit back on the shame that the world insisted on heaping upon you Quite a feminist attribution , I must say.Thus , these two women contribute in their own ways to the story and the prelude of the Great Battle is created with the birth of Dhritarashtra and Pandu , along with the son of waiting maid Subha who would later be known as Vidura grandsons of Satyabati.The author has made earnest attempts to weave the story of the winds of Hastinapur with his own imagination and explanation and has done a commendable job To some the story may look incomplete but I must remind you that with the birth of Dritirashtra, Pandu and Vidura , a new era begins in the epicthe era of Bhishma , the era of Gandhari , Kunti and Madri I hope Sharath Kumarraju would like to fascinate us with the stories of these female characters in future.The book is recommendable to all who keep an interest in mythological fiction Being an ardent fan of the epic , Mahabharata , I have greatly enjoyed the book.From my side it s 4 5

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    The Winds of Hastinapur by Sharath Komarraju is the first book of one series based on the grand old epic Mahabharata The distinguishing feature of this new series is that it concentrates on the ladies rather than the well known men of the epic While the narrative of Draupadi has been retold various times, no one had exploited the sentiments of other women characters of Mahabharata so far This new book series by Sharath Komarraju beautifully captures this opportunity and offers voices to those other women characters of Mahabharata These voices had remained unheard so far The first book of this series The Winds of Hastinapur is the narrative of two females and can be partitioned into two segments The first section of the book deals with the tale of Ganga the mother of Bhisma and the second one is the account of Satyavati Bhisma s step mother Though the book opens with the death of Pandavas while they were ascending the Meru Parvat, it very soon takes us back to the very beginning phase of Mahabharata.As a passionate fan of books based on Indian Mythology, I became exceptionally upbeat when I got an offer to read and review this book This book series had already created a curiosity in my mind However, at the same time, I wasn t certain what was in store for me as I hadn t read any book by Sharath Komarraju so far And, additionally, a number of modern retelling of Indian epics had disappointed me as of late Therefore, I had my apprehensions before reading this book However, I am delighted to say that this book did not disappoint me at all In fact, I found this book as one of the most excellent retellings of the Indian epics Reading this book was really a delight The book has a certain striking quality and leaves a stunning imprint on your mind.The book has been written in lucid style and certainly gives a fresh perspective to the epic While the author has used simple words to paint the story, these simple words give you an extremely elegantly composed account The language is lyrical and helps in bringing out a certain beauty in dialogues Another quality of the prose of this book is the depiction of different emotions Almost all the characters in this book have been sketched well Readers connect with them easily Readers will especially like the portrayal of Ganga and Satyavati in this book The contrast between these two lead characters of this book is captivating and brought out flawlessly by the author The character of Bhisma has also been handled really well While the book did not disappoint you, the cover of the book upsets you The cover of this book does not do justice to this brilliantly written book at all I have said it many times in the past and I am stating it once Book cover plays an important role in the success of any book and, therefore, attention should be paid towards this vital aspect of book Hopefully, the author will pay attention towards this aspect in future On the whole, this book is a delightful mystical retelling The story is brimming with striking quality and plentiful in depth portrayal of different characters And, I would say that this book is a must read for the fans of Indian Mythology Note I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review Read reviews on

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    I had previously never heard of Sharath or his Hastinapur series It just so happened that he had put out a post on a Facebook group that we are both part of to be part of an early access group who would get to read both the books in his Hastinapur series of which Winds of Hastinapur has just been released for free and our only obligation was to write a review of Winds without any obligation as to write a positive review Full disclaimer before the review proper as I did get to read the first 2 books for free.I was on a Science Fiction bender for a few months and was looking for a change of pace and I figured, hey, at worst the books would be terrible, but at least it would be a good way to take a break from Science Fiction Well, turned out that these were some of the best books I ve read this year.The Hastinapur series aims to tell the all too familiar tale of the Mahabharata with a twist the stories would be told from the perspective of the women I thought ok, that should be something different from what we saw on TV as a kid or in the Amar Chitra Katha series But there again, these are not the typical Mahabharata characters that you would expect One is Ganga, mother of Devavrata aka Bheeshma Pitamaha, and the other is Satyavati, aka Kali, wife of King Shantanu and stepmother to Bheeshma.Seeing how the man we only know as Bheeshma Pitamaha came to life and how he ended up being the man he was, moulded as he was by these two women is fascinating How these machinations resulted in the Rise and eventual fall of Hastinapur makes for an engrossing tale that though familiar to a lot of us, still feels new due to the different perspectives of these two characters who were completely unknown, at least to me.Fair warning to folks who are expecting detailed descriptions of the battles of the Mahabharata though these books are mostly about the character interactions and there s only passing reference to the actual battles themselves In that this is like a Tarantino movie where story and dialogue is king rather than the action.As far as the writing is concerned, Sharath has a simple, easy style that quickly pulls you in and keeps you hooked The writing is also a few levels above your typical Chetan Bhagats and Amish s Highly recommended.

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    Thoughts after completing the book Very interesting approach and presentation loved the book I enjoyed the approach of the author in presenting the story from the perspective of women I was surprised on how effective this idea was and enjoyed it I like the scientific approach in which the author explains what we often disregard as imagination and makes a very good case for how events could really have occurred in reality The flow of the story as well as the transition was very smooth and had continuity Though I have seen and read about the Mahabharata since childhood days, the book brought had a fresh approach which made me feel that it is a different tale I look forward to the next book that continues with the story and appreciate the author on a book written quite well Thoughts while reading When I started reading this book I am not finished yet , I was skeptical on how a man could do justice to viewing the Mahabharata from the perspective of women After a few chapters into it, I am not only amazed at how well the author has conveyed the perspective but also at the human look at the incidents which make you feel that they truly took place More when I am done with the entire book, meanwhile I highly recommend it to all

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    The Winds of Hastinapur is about the two powerful women who were never properly acknowledged in the epic Mahabharata but nevertheless are the genesis for a Great Kingdom which resulted in Great War The story gives us an imaginary conception of the thoughts and emotions of Ganga and Satyavathi based on the situations faced by them which led to their choices Sharath s speciality lies in the characterisation of these two women who are portrayed as an epitome of womanhood Along with strength and stubborn they are also embodied with qualities of femininity and motherhood The women who were both contrary in their backgrounds carry a common bond of being a mother and the fears and fallacies of a mother The style of Bildungsroman is used in the character sketch of Devavrath who carries an imperative role.The book is fresh and novel in its ideas though based on a concept widely used.I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it and would suggest reading, to anyone who is obsessed with our Great Epic.

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