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Long before the times of Draupadi and Sita
Immortalised in the hymns of the Rig Veda
But forgotten to the memory of India
Was the warrior queen with an iron leg, Vishpala.
Brought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic of Ashtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive king of the neighbouring Vrishabhavati, begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishi rises to protect her settlement but at a high cost.
Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needing an amputation of her leg, what can Avishi do to save herself?
Will her disability let her continue to be the warrior that she was?
Can she fight Khela and save everything dear to her?
An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and an investment professional turned writer, Saiswaroopa Iyer is the bestselling author of four novels, all based on legendary female protagonists from ancient Hindu literature. She also curated an anthology of short stories based on the Kurukshetra battle of Mahabharata, published by Bloomsbury.
Saiswaroopa is a curator at Indic Academy and holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford School of Hindu Studies.