Mythology has a connection with the real world:
Mythology has a deep connection with the real world. This is not about making a religious issue nor culture. But it is to do with the real challenges in the world today. First of all, Indian authors like Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, and Devdutt Pattanaik are the most popular in making this unique connection. Their novels are becoming quite a rage among book lovers across the country.
Amish Tripathi and his collections.
Amish Tripathi has written a series of novels based on Indian mythology. But his novels are about linking mythology with history and societal realities. He is popular for his novels like The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras and so on.
The Immortals of Meluha.
This is a book that starts off with Hindu deity, Lord Shiva but in a different twist. Here Lord Shiva is an immigrant from Tibet. He is from a tribe. The author has changed his god-like status as Lord Shiva to a common person from a tribe. He is a normal guy and falls in love with a woman named Sati. He tries to court her but she rejects him. The book shows Shiva’s human feelings and emotions. Also, the drama makes the plot more interesting. This book is the first of his trilogy on Shiva. His other novels are based on different mythological characters.
Ashwin Sanghi and his novels.
Ashwin Sanghi has a different approach to writing mythological novels. He uses mythology as a thriller genre. First of all, he is popular for his novels like, The Krishna Key, Chanakya’s Chant, Rozabal Line, Sialkot Saga and so on. All these novels makes it a point to be as thrilling and adventurous as possible.
The Krishna Key.
This book is about tracing Lord Krishna’s ancient secrets. But the thrilling part is that, Krishna is shown as a grey character. First of all, the book shows a historian, accused of murdering his friend. In addition, the killer claims himself to be Kalki– the final avatar of Lord Krishna. He feels that Lord Krishna’s ancient secrets and teachings are getting used in the wrong way. And being the “hero” he is, he murders for justice. Also all his victims died because they were doing a research on Indian mythology. The entire novel is full of twists, that will make the readers hooked till the end.
Devdutt Pattanaik and his work.
Devdutt Pattanaik writes books that focuses on Indian religious scriptures and myths. His popular novels are My Gita, Seven Secrets of Shiva, Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik, The Girl Who Choose- A New Way of Narrating the Ramayana, Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You and so on. His novels are based on religion and myth but in a satirical humor. He writes mythology by linking with modern day governance, management, leadership and so on.
Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You
This book describes the character, Shikhandi. Shikhandi was a woman but choose to dress herself as a man. She felt rejected as a woman and felt frustrated. She then decides to change her identity as a man to make herself feel empowered. The character is a clear hint on Indian patriarchy. So for authors like Pattanaik, Shikhandi was an interesting subject. He writes about Shikhandi in a different tone from the original version.
Almost all the authors here are making a unique combination of mythology and reality. Although their writing styles are different the purpose remains similar.
A must read for every book lovers.