Aranyaka

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Authors: Amruta Patil, with Devdutt Pattanaik

9789356993471 | PB | pp.58 | 2023 | HarperCollins India

Braiding the stories of three spirited rishikas — Katyayani, the Large, Maitreyi, the Fig, and Gargi, the Weaver — Aranyaka explores the fears and hungers that underpin all human interactions.

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In the wilderness of humanity, In the forests of the mind, Who eats whom?

Who sees whom?

Aranyaka is told from the perspective of Katyayani, who is exiled to the forest (aranya) for eating the food meant for Gods. Everything about her is large –her body, her appetite, her libido and her observations about nature and people. When she finds, Y, a man “watching the world” from a termite mound, she offers him food and sex, and eventually becomes his wife. Y, as opposed to his “physical” wife, is an “intellectual” man, who seeks knowledge that his human teachers were unable give. When they start a domestic life outside the aranya, he becomes a teacher himself, who attracts students –such as Upakoshala, The Weaver and The Fig.

– Excerpted from this review.

Authors:

Amruta Patil and Devdutt Pattanaik

ISBN:

9789356993471

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

184

Year of Publication:

2023

Publisher:

HarperCollins India

Edition:

Second

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Contributors

Amruta Patil, writer-painter, is India’s first female graphic novelist. She is the author of Kari and the Mahabharata-based Parva duology (Adi Parva & Sauptik). She is a Nari Shakti Puraskar awardee.

Devdutt Pattanaik is the author of fifty books and over a thousand columns on mythology and its relevance to modern times. He also lectures, illustrates, and has his own television and radio shows.

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