Indian mythology is very fascinating and here are few books that makes it even more fascinating
Indian Mythology consists of plenty of stories. We have all grown up hearing those stories and quite a few different versions of them. Basically it is a different type of magic that consists of Gods, evil characters and divine magic. For those who can’t enough of Indian mythology, here are few books that would leave you asking for more:
- Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi
What is today known as the Indus Valley Civilization was once known as the land of Meluha. This is a fictional story of Shiva who by circumstances is made to lead the Suryavanshi tribe and is a very simple man whose karma made him the God of Gods or Mahadeva.
- Asura: Tale of the Vanquished by Anand Neelakanta
Asura: Tale of the Vanquished is based on Ramayana but from a completely different point of view. We may have heard many different versions of Ramayana but never from a point of view from Ravana. This itself makes it very interesting.
- Mrityunjaya by Shivaji Sawant
The book was first published in 1989 and was authored in Marathi. It is now available in various languages including English. This is yet another brilliant version of Mahabharata through the eyes of Karna. The story tells how he struggled to find his own identity.
- Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi
The first book of Ram Chandra series, Scion of Ikshvaku is Amish Tripathi’s take and fictional work on Ramayana. Some may say that it is another addition to many versions of Ramayana and some say that it is revival of Ram along with the evils that dwell in our society.
- Karna’s Wife: the Outcast’s Queen by Kavita Kane
Karna is popularly known as the unsung hero of Mahabharata. This book has been written from the point of view of Ur vi who was Karna’s wife. Ur vi narrates the unpleasantness that builds up amongst Pandavas and Kauravas thus eventually leading to the war of Mahabharata.
- The Mahabharata Secret by Christopher C Doyle
This is a Da Vince type of book. A terrible and an ancient secret that is over 2300 years old is discovered by Asoka the Great which can destroy the world. The book is an amazing story that is very gripping.
- The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi
The book is set in the modern times when a little rich boy grows up believing that he is the final avatar of Lord Krishna. But he turns out to be a serial killer who executes his murders in the name of God. This one is a very exciting interpretation of Vedic Age set in modern times.
- Ajaya- Roll of the Dice by Anand Neelakanta
This is the first book in the Mahabharata trilogy. It is a retelling of Mahabharata from Kaurava’s point of view who were termed as “unconquerable”.
- The Pregnant King by Devdutt Pattanaik
One of the rarely discussed characters of Mahabharata is Shivalati who couldn’t become a king because she is a woman. The book also touches the soul of King Yuvanashva who was one of the LGBTQ mythological character.
- The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Palace of Illusions is a brilliant narration of Mahabharata from Draupadi’s point of view who is also known as Panchaali. This book will instantly take you to an era that created both history and myth.