If this extended lockdown is getting to you, then give yourself a break from all the screen time and immerse yourself into reading. Indian mythology has the most unique and interesting stories, which many of us might have heard from our grandparents in the form of Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Re-live the stories which involve gods, war, magic and adventures by picking up these books and curling yourself in a blanket with a hot cup of tea or coffee on these lazy rainy days.
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Devakaruni: The book goes back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharata, the novel gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale.
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Ram - Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi: If you’ve already read the Meluha trilogy, then move on to the adventures of Ram with book one of the Ram Chandra trilogy. You won’t be disappointed.
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The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi: Ashwin Sanghi brings you yet another exhaustively researched whopper of a plot, while providing an incredible alternative interpretation of the Vedic Age that will be relished by conspiracy buffs and thriller-addicts alike.
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Folk Tales from India by A.K. Ramanujan: An enchanting collection of 110 tales, translated from twenty-two different languages, that are by turns harrowing and comic, sardonic and allegorical, mysterious and romantic. Gods disguised as beggars and beasts, animals enacting Machiavellian intrigues, sagacious jesters and magical storytellers, wise counselors and foolish kings—all inhabit a fabular world, yet one that is also firmly grounded in everyday life.
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The Great War of Hind by Vaibhav Anand (book one of the Legend of Ramm): Around 12000 B.C., Hindustan (or Hind) as we know it today, comprised five kingdoms of man, sandwiched between Parbat – the kingdom of the Gods in the north, and Lunka – the kingdom of the demons in the south. The ‘Legend of Ramm’ unravels the story of the military general called Ramm in the kingdom of Ayodh and how his actions came to define our world as we know it today.
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Asura - The Story of Ravana and His People by Anand Neelakantan: We all know the story of Ram and his victory over Ravana. But what if Ravana and his people had a different story to tell? The story of the Ravanayana has never been told. Asura is the epic tale of the vanquished Asura people, a story that has been cherished by the oppressed castes of India for 3000 years.
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The Winds of Hastinapur by Sharath Komarraju: First book in a series of trilogy, this story is about Ganga, the river goddess, who is is dying. Bereft of a virgin to pass her knowledge and being to, she is fading away and seeks to tell the story of the Mahabharatha as she saw it. In her words and the words of other strong women from the epic such as Satyavati, this book lays bare the greatest epic ever told from the women who knew it best.
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The Pregnant King by Devdutt Pattanaik: The book follows the story of Yuvanashva, a childless king, who accidentally drinks the magic potion meant to make his queens pregnant. It is set in the backdrop of the Mahabharata and makes references to characters and incidents in the Kurukshetra as well as the Ramayana.
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