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Publisher's Summary

Would King Dasharatha even have his coveted sons were it not for the sacrifice of his daughter Shanta?

Was Manthara an evil, conniving handmaid to the queen or a loving mother who tried to protect her ward from palace intrigues?

How did Meenakshi of the beautiful eyes transform into the embodiment of ugliness and immoral lust? In an epic that revolves around the life of a righteous prince, what role do the women play?

As best-selling author Anand Neelakantan peels back the layers of Valmiki’s timeless saga, these stories of ambition, love, devotion and courage shine through, inviting listeners to look at the women anew. Lovers, sisters, wives and mothers who hold a complex epic together - these are the women of Valmiki’s Ramayana.

©2021 Anand Neelakantan (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Great story terrible narrator

Anand Neelakantan's interpretations are deep, thought provoking and relevant. All the stories tackle the intricacies of race dominance and patriarchal thought process.

I do wish they had chosen a narrator who didn't have such an anglicised manner of speaking. That definitely dampened the experience.

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very touching, different and deep perspective

loved Anand neelakandan's perspective of these women from ramayana. each and every character have a different, deep and attractive side and persona to them. In a way, it's absurd to find how the description of good and evil are framed in the epics, and this book breaks reveals how the concept was formed by the tale tellers and singers over generations..

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The narrator needs to improve her pronunciations

Some words like yajnya are mispronounced. For someone who is reading Indian mythology these are important! It gets annoying when these simple words are mispronounced repeatedly.

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bogus narration..great work

great writing. awful narration..recommend reading the book..Manish dongardive did a wonderful job of narrating neelkantan's many ramayanas, many lessons..I hope this is re released by someone capable like him. maybe a good woman narrator..there are so many.

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hear it for lesser known facts of mythology

always happy to learn hitherto unknown facts about our mythology.
I particularly liked Tataka's tale. it was sad, a totally different view of the Epic as we know it.
the narrator sounds jarring in the beginning but soon one gets used to her style .
worth a go !

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A different perspective

The characters we thought were always negative/villains, are given a plot to talk about themselves. Although a work of fiction but it signifies that every coin has a flip side and no one is born evil.
The story of Shanta, character depiction of Kaikeyi, the untold side of Suryavanshi Raja and many more throws light on the untold parts of the Epic.

Listen it to gain fresh perspective about the stories we have always read and listened.

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all are fairy tales

stories are good, but considering it is based on walmiki's ramayan it's all fake.

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Narration could have been better

As other people have said, the narrator has an anglicized Indian accent but I don't really have a problem with that. What bothers me is the way they pronounce the names of places and people. It sounds like an foreigner trying to pronounce these names if they've never heard them being spoken out loud. I like the story though, nothing really worth criticizing.

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Strong and Powerful portrayal of women.

it is indeed fascinating to study the character of women and their importance even in the patriarchal and male dominated society as it has ever since been! Anand's description of feminine is appreciable and this surely earns him more respect both as an author as well as a sensible human being.

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Interesting & insightful

I picked this one out of curiosity and I must say that I wasn't disappointed. It's an interesting take on some lesser known female characters from the Ramayan. I esp was struck by Tataka's story, which was evidence to patriarchy working in subtle and mysterious ways. I wished the narrator & narration was a little better but it doesn't take anything away from the book itself. A hidden gem.