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March 20, 2017

7 Must-Read Indian Mythology Books

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The Immortals of Meluha

In the last few years there has been an increase in the popularity of books that are based on Indian Mythology. The genre is well-known as Indian Mythological Fiction. The genre has been able to capture both old and young generation.

These 7 books are my personal recommendation for every book lover who either wants to read a new genre or wants to read something different.

Meluha Trilogy by Amish Tripathi

The series is based on the radical idea that all gods were once humans and that they became gods owing to their actions. The books re-tell the Shiva mythology in an easy-to-understand language. This series helped increase readership of this genre.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

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The book is an engrossing retelling of the longest and greatest epic, the Mahabharata. The author not only retells the classic Sanskrit plot of the epic, but also effortlessly includes stories from the regional variants of the epic. Accompanying the story are some beautiful line drawings by the author and also some interesting facts like the names of the hundred Kauravas.

Asura: Tale of the Vanquished by Anand Neelkanthan

Every Indian knows the story of Ramayana, the story of victory of good over evil. Hundreds of times has the story been told and retold. But what the author does in this book is that he tells us the story from the point of view of the ‘so-called’ antagonist/villain, Ravana, and that of an another Asura called Bhadra.

Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen by Kavita Kane

This book tells us the story of the unsung hero of Mahabharata, through the perspective of his wife Uruvi. As the narrator of the story is someone who was not directly involved in the war, we get to see a new and fresh perspective of the events.

Scion of Ikshvaku (Ram Chandra, #1) by Amish Tripathi

After the Shiva mythology, Amish Tripathi has come out with a new series, based on yet another famous and great Indian epic, Ramayana. The first book of the series is out and seems a promising affair.

The Pregnant King by Devdutt Pattnaik

The book tells the story of a king who gets pregnant as he accidentally drinks the potion which was meant to impregnate his wives. In a society like India, which is very rigid on gender roles, telling this lesser-known sub-story of Mahabharata is no easy task.

Ajaya series by Anand Neelkanthan

After retelling the Ramayana from the point of view of the ‘so-called’ villains, Anand Neelkanthan successfully attempts to show us the other side of Mahabharata and question what, for all these years, we believed was true.

These are not the only books available in the genre. Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi and Sita by Devdutt Pattnaik are two other great books one must read. Read history from fresh perspective.

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