Arundhuti Dasgupta Singhal
Shikhandi and other tales they don’t tell you By: Devdutt Pattanaik Publisher: Zubaan/Penguin Books Number of pages: 178 Price: Rs299 Queer tales Hermit-warriors Nara and Narayana had grown all powerful. Stories about their valour had spread far and wide. Riding on a single chariot, the duo made for a fearsome
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Bhima-lone Warrior Author: Mt Vasudevan Nair Published by Harper Perennial 2013 Translated by Gita Krishnankutty Pages:373, Price Rs 350 An unlikely hero/A tragic hero If you conduct a quick survey among friends and familyabout the most memorable characters of the Mahabharata, in all probability, Arjuna or Karnawould top the list.
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Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman Bloomsbury Rs 499 Pages 279 Under the ash tree The story of the universe is a simple one. It has a beginning and an end and the journey in between is a fascinating romp through with gods and demons and creatures of all kinds that fight,
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Nine Nights of the Goddess The Navaratri Festival in South Asia Edited by Caleb Simmons, Moumita Sen and Hillary Rodrigues Whose goddess is it anyway? ARUNDHUTI DASGUPTA The age-old annual autumnal worship of the Devi (Durga, Amba and other forms) has grown from strength to strength and in recent years,
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Finding Radha: The quest for love Ed: MalashriLal and Namita Gokhale Penguin Books Rs 399 Pages: 265 Love’s timeless question ARUNDHUTI DASGUPTA What is love? This question, Google informs us,was the most searched string on its platform, in the run up to Valentine’s Day 2019. (https://www.blog.google/products/search/google-romance-report-2019/). Not much appears to
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Evil in the Mahabharata Meena Arora Nayak Oxford University Press, No: of pages: 354, Price: Rs 650 Whose dharma is it anyway? Ask anyone even remotely familiar with the Mahabharata what the epic battle was all about and the answer will likely come out in a flash: victory of good
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Devi: The goddesses of India Edited by John Stratton Hawley, Donna Marie Wulff Publisher: Aleph Number of pages: 352 Price: Rs 499 Chasing the devi of many things  Paradox lies at the heart of devi worship. Not just because it is deeply ensconced within a strong patriarchal culture but also
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The Blue Lotus: Myths and Folktales of India Meena Arora Nayak Aleph Price: Rs 999 No of Pages: 550 Inside the sorting hat of stories Ancient Indian literature does not rest easy with labels. Myth or fiction, legend or history, religious literature or epic poem; the boundariesthat separate the categories
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The birth of Kali Anita Sivakumaran Juggernaut 222 pages/Rs 299 The cacophony of unspoken words In her book, Women and Power, A manifesto, Mary Beard wrote, “When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice.” She may as well bespeaking about the East, where
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One of the criticisms being flung against outgoing RBI governor Raghuram Rajan is that he is an outsider; does not quite understand Indian banking and worse, is mentally not ‘Indian’. Ditto for Arvind Subramaniam, who is still holding on to his post as chief economic advisor nevertheless.US presidential candidate Donald
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