Indian epics gain strength and renewal with every telling and retelling.
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan’s compelling and accomplished narration of the crucial
story of Amba and Shikhandi
is a timely reminder of the constant currency and relevance’
of the Mahabharata.’
Book One, The One Who Swam with the Fishes, told the tale of Satyavati on the cusp of womanhood. She is now Queen of Hastinapur and the story moves forward to the kingdom of Kashi, where Princess Amba is growing up with her sisters, Ambika and Ambalika. A swayamvara is arranged for them, where Amba plans to wed Prince Salva, the love of her life. However, an unexpected figure walks into the ceremony and thwarts all plans of a happy ending.
In another life, Shikhandi has never been what he seems. With his close companion, Utsarg, he embarks on a journey to look for a yaksha who will give him what he wants – to be a Kshatriya prince in body and in mind. But, along the way, he might have to lose some of himself, the part he calls Shikhandiniº
gender, duty and tradition, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan draws out the lesser-known
of the Mahabharata and tells their stories with true compassion and grit.
About the author:
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan was born in Hyderabad, but grew up in New Delhi. Formerly a journalist, Madhavan’s first book You Are Here was commissioned in 2007 on the basis of her hugely popular blog Compulsive Confessions. Since then, Madhavan has written three more novels – two for young adults – and a collection of short stories, as well as contributed to several anthologies.
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