Book Review of Ravana Leela | Author: Radha Vishwanath

“Fate is inevitable. But it is our actions and the perception that pave our path for success.”Much has been read and talked about the mythological characters. Much has been hypothesized. There are beliefs and there are myths. But what if these beliefs help in materializing the character from mythology? But would our perception change if we are introduced to the background and the circumstances? Ravana was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, yet he rose from the ashes. Born from the union of a Maharishi and Rakshas Kanya, Ravana was ten-headed rational being. An astute king, majority of the people are scornful of Ravana. But the sincere effort by the author to put forward the right facts are praiseworthy.

Overall, the book is an interesting read. Even though I am not a very big fan of mythology books, I could not put this one down. This book is worth giving a try.

Ms. Radha’s prowess lies in lucid and provocative narration. The language caters to the interest of diverse readers and mythology is made interesting. Divided aptly into 36 chapters, the story delves into essentially every important myth and story associated with the relevant Gods and Goddesses. Parallel is drawn between the lives of Rishis and Rakshas and they serve as the symbolic representations of ideas and concepts of truth that need to be conveyed. Through this book the author expunges the existing scaffold within which we knew Ravana and then reconstructs it to make us aware of several other things that can fill the chasm. The circumstance under which the protagonist was born, his intelligence, his relationship with people, his status in the society and his rational thinking- all make us coerce into forming a different perception about him.

Joining the dots together, the book aims to bring the mythological lineages in light. With simple yet impactful vocabulary, the book doesn’t fail to impress. A tantalizing cover adds on to the enticing opus

About the Author

Enakshi Johri

Active blogger and writer, Enakshi Johri, is a regular author for Indus woman Writing. She is a postgraduate in Biotechnology. She has written several articles, stories and poems and most of her content has been published in the ejournal of IWW (Indus Woman Writing). She is working as a curator for ‘fiction magazine’ (an online magazine). She has contributed in six Anthologies so far. She is also a freelance book reviewer. She is a creative thinker and a passionate writer and loves to pour down her heart in form of words. She shares her experience and her perception through her website (http://aliveshadow.blogspot.in/).


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