Author: Anand Neelakantan
9789390679867 | PB | pp. 270 | 2021 | Westland Publications
Valmiki’s Women is a collection of tales which analyse Valmiki’s Ramayana, raising questions and inviting us to explore the women and their role in this epic.
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While the righteous Lord Ram is at the heart of Ramayana, his story is incomplete without the women Valmiki created, whose lives are closely tied to his. Would King Dasharatha even have his coveted sons, were it not for the sacrifice of his daughter, Shanta? Who would Queen Kaikeyi be had she not been nurtured by Manthara as a child? Which direction would the epic have taken had the sacrifice of a bird not moved the sage Valmiki to write?….
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