Friday, July 13, 2018

Book Review - Story of Shakuntala and Dushyant - 9 Yards of Silk

The best part of the Vedic and Mythological stories are you can retell it the way you want. No one is going to sue you for any modifications. I have read many such retelling and I usually love to read much more versions. From our childhood, we have listened and watched stories, movies, and dramas of the love story between Dushyant and Shakuntala. "9 yards of silk" is another straight version of the story. 


Book Blurb
Shakuntala lives with her son Bharat in a deep forest. One fine day Bharat reminds her of his father, resulting to upset her. As the child goes out to play a celestial maiden Menaka appears in front of her who offers friendship, suggesting to share their stories with each other. Menaka tells her about Kaushik, a sage to whom she was sent by Indra for disturbing his fierce penance and how they ended up falling for one another. Shakuntala also shares her story of meeting and marrying the charming prince of Hastinapur who later abandoned her. During the conversation Shakuntala finds blessings in her life, why she was abandoned by parents at birth and how her estranged husband was just a victim of circumstances for leaving her. After Menaka's departure, Dushyant returns to her in the hope of reuniting with family. Now it is Shakuntala's turn to decide. What would she choose? 
We all know the story of Shakuntala and Dushyant. This book covers how Shakuntala met Dushyant. It also covers the love story of Menaka and Vishwamitra (Shakuntala's parents). As an exception, this story shows Menaka & Vishwamitra's relationship a bit longer than the other. The author has used narrations style in a different way. The story started with Shakuntala staying alone with her son Bharata. Unknown to her Menaka came to her to relieve Shakuntala from anger towards Dushyant. Menaka also wanted to relieve her own guilt. From their conversation started two stories in flashback.

The book has the following good points

  • The central theme and title selection
  • The plain and simple narration style
  • Nicely described the emotional turmoil of characters
  • Written for almost all age group
You can give this to
  • Kids of an age group of 8 to 16
  • New entrants to reading
  • People learning English
Talking about ratings talking about
  1. Cover - 4/5
  2. Characters 3.5/5
  3. Concept 3.5/5
  4. Overall 3.5/5
Book can be found at Amazon
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

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