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Would King Dasharatha even have his coveted sons were it not for the sacrifice of his daughter Shanta?
Was Manthara an evil, conniving handmaid to the queen, or a loving mother who tried to protect her ward from palace intrigues?
How did Meenakshi of the beautiful eyes transform into the embodiment of ugliness and immoral lust? In an epic that revolves around the life of a righteous prince, what role do the women play?
As bestselling author Anand Neelakantan peels back the layers of Valmiki’s timeless saga, these stories of ambition, love, devotion and courage shine through, inviting readers to look at the women anew. Lovers, sisters, wives and mothers who hold a complex epic together—these are the women of Valmiki’s Ramayana.
Anand Neelakantan is the author of the Baahubali trilogy, the prequel to S.S. Rajamouli's blockbuster movie. Neelakantan is also the author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished, which told the Ramayana from Ravan’s point of view. He followed it up with the tremendously successful Ajaya series. Neelakantan’s books have been translated into more than nine languages, including Indonesian. Neelakantan is also a prolific writer in Malayalam and regularly publishes stories in the prestigious Malayalam magazine. He is also a cartoonist. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Aparna, daughter Ananya, son Abhinav and pet dog, Jackie the Blackie. You can look him up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the handle: @itsanandneel.