Book Review: The Curse of Gandhari by Aditi Banerjee

πŸ’ HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY TO ALL THE LOVELY LADIES OUT THERE!! πŸ’

On this special occasion of Women’s day, I have a special book review to share with you all. Do read along~


Title: The Curse Of Gandhari

Author: Aditi Banerjee

Genre: Indian Mythology

Length: 336 pages

Rating: 5⭐ / 5⭐

Get your copy here: Kindle

Description:

Gandhari has one day left to live. As she stares death in the face, her memories travel back to the beginning of her story, to life’s unfairness at every point: A fiercely intelligent princess who wilfully blindfolded herself for the sake of her peevish, visually-impaired husband; who underwent a horrible pregnancy to mother one hundred sons, each as unworthy as the other; whose stern tapasya never earned her a place in people’s hearts, nor commanded the respect that Draupadi and Kunti attained; who even today is perceived either as an ingratiatingly self-sacrificing wife or a bad mother who was unable to control her sons and was, therefore, partly responsible for the great war of the Mahabharata.

In this insightful and sensitive portrayal, Aditi Banerjee rescues Gandhari from being reduced to a mere symbol of her blindfold. She builds her up, as Ved Vyasa did, as an unconventional heroine of great strength and iron will – who, when crossed, embarked upon a complex relationship with Lord Krishna, and became the queen who cursed a God.

OtakuMeganeChan’s Review:

‘The Curse of Gandhari’ is a book which is based on Gandhari, a character from the mythology ‘Mahabharata’.

The book is a retelling of the epic from Gandhari’s point of view.It depicts the life of Gandhari, who was a princess, married to a king vowed to be a blindfold queen, mother to hundreds of sons and sister to a treacherous brother and the one who cursed a God.

She was a loving mother, dutiful wife and a strong queen. She always strived hard for her sons to follow the right path but her love overshadowed it. This book brings her in a light which gives us reader a chance to ponder about her life.

The book talks deeply about emotions and emotions that led to actions and actions that led to history in the epic.

The cover of the book is apt to the story. The book is engaging till the last page and it is thought provoking. The language is easy to read and understand.

Would definitely recommend to add it in your next book to read!

(Pic courtesy: Book cover of Kindle)