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I came across novels of Kavita Kane every now and then but this is the first time I got my hands on her latest novel ‘Lanka’s Princess’

Kavita Kane bravely picked up the most difficult character to narrate the events of Ramayana. Story of Surpanakha was shrouded in mystery throughout the epic. Author did a beautiful job of connecting all dots and filling the gaps with her vivid imagination. One unique element of the novel is the depiction of all shades of feminism, joy and warmth of jovial girl, agony and pain of hurt woman. This novel is a blend of all recognizable-unrecognizable human emotions.

All we know about Surpanakha from the theaters and TV serials that she was an ugly & lustful witch who completely enamored by handsome Lord Ram. Lakshman sliced her nose when she started forcing him to marry her. She went to Ravan, her eldest brother, asking for revenge, instigating him hurting his ego. This started a chain reaction which finally ended with the demise of Ravan and his Lanka.

This book tread different path of Surpankha’s life, the feminine side. How a child was undermined in her family, ill-treated by her own mother. How a passionate girl fell in love with an enemy and how the same girl turned into a ruthless revenge seeker. There is one another seldom mentioned lady of Ramayana who gets good amount of pages in this novel – Mandodri. I wanted to read more about her but settled with the thought that the book was about Meenakshi.

Meenakshi, youngest child born from the wedlock of a rishi Vishravas and asur Kaikesi, experienced her mother’s hatred throughout her childhood. This hatred transformed Meenakshi into Surpanakha, one who is hard as nails. Her elder brother, mighty Ravan stole all limelight forcing her to live as unwanted child in her own family. She finds solace only in embrace of her father and in soft words of Kumbhakarna.

Lord Krishna in dwapar yug narrates the story to kubja Trivarka. Story of love, war and betrayal, story of Treta yug when He was Lord Ram and she was Surpanakha.

Lanka’s Princess is a fast paced novel with a simple yet effective language. Short and crisp chapters will push you to keep on turning the page.

One and probably the only thing I didn’t liked about this novel is too much feminism. I believed that some of the events are exaggerated to give a black & white contrast. Specially with Ravan, I don’t think he was that evil. Our epics never portray black & white, there is always a grey shade to all personalities. I felt some back-of-the-mind biasing with the character sketch of some of the important characters of the novel.

All in all, good read if you enjoy Indian epics. This novel has capability of getting you to the depth of Ramayana.

‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’