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‘Koral Dasgupta writes with verve, emotion and passion ... [Kunti] is a must for those wishing to know about our past and the dialectics of gender within it’ PAVAN K. VARMA
Kunti, a rare matriarch in the Mahabharata and one of the revered Pancha Satis, holds an unforgettable position in the Indian literary imagination. Yet, little is known about the fateful events that shaped her early life.
Taking on the intricate task, Koral Dasgupta unravels the lesser-known strands of Kunti’s story: through a childhood of scholarly pursuits to unwanted motherhood at adolescence, a detached marriage and her ambitious love for the king of the devas.
After the remarkable success of Ahalya, the first book in the Sati series, Kunti presents a brilliant and tender retelling of a story at the heart of our culture and mythology.
In the Sati series, Koral Dasgupta explores the lives of the Pancha Kanyas from Indian mythology and reinvents them in the modern context with a feminist consciousness.
Praise for Ahalya
‘Koral Dasgupta gives voice, character and agency to an enigmatic and fascinating female figure from ancient Hindu lore’ PHILIP LUTGENDORF
‘Koral Dasgupta writes about Kunti, one of the Pancha Kanyas, with verve, emotion and passion. Her highly readable account of this fascinating character, who played a key role in the Mahabharata, is a must for those wishing to know about our past and the dialectics of gender within it’ PAVAN K. VARMAPraise for Ahalya, the first book in the Sati series
‘Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara, Mandodari – each of the Pancha Kanyas is fascinating. Ahalya’s story has been told and retold several times, sometimes with varying accounts across texts. What was her relationship with Gautam and Indra? What was her crime? How was she redeemed? Why is she among the Pancha Kanya? There have been modern retellings and interpretations too. Koral Dasgupta’s wonderful retelling adds to this corpus, with a lyrical and poetic quality. The image that will remain with you is of the Mist. That’s the reason Ahalya, and this rendition, is so enthralling’ BIBEK DEBROY
‘“Go woman, find your world yourself. The joy you seek deserves to be discovered.” Armed with this advice, Ahalya sets off on her life’s journey. The magical and thought-provoking adventure that follows will intrigue and mesmerize readers’ CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
'Koral Dasgupta’s evocation of Ahalya ,the first of the Pancha Kanyas, the five virtuous women from Indian myth, is an enigmatic tale about purity, chastity, seduction, and redemption, told from the perspective of the eternal feminine' NAMITA GOKHALE
'This is one unique take on an age old tale. Brilliant and intriguing' ANAND NEELAKANTAN
'In this original and spirited interpretation of the tale of Ahalya, Koral Dasgupta gives voice, character, and agency to an enigmatic and fascinating female figure from ancient Hindu lore, while exploring and seeking to resolve the proverbial and vexing tension between asceticism and sensuality' PHILIP LUTGENDORF
Koral Dasgupta is an author, painter, entrepreneur and professor. A compulsive storyteller, she has authored six books, including five works of fiction and one non-fiction. The Sati series is based on Panch Kanya from Indian mythology. After Ahalya, Kunti is the second book in the series, which will be followed by Draupadi, Mandodari and Tara. Koral’s fourth book has been optioned for screen adaptation.
She is the founder of Tell Me Your Story, a cross-culture repository on the global perception of ‘India’.
Koral consults with educational and corporate organizations on content and communication projects, and she was included in the Holmes Report’s Innovator 25 Asia-Pacific list, 2019. Her website is http://www.koraldasgupta.com and she is on Twitter as @koraldasgupta.