- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications Private Limited (1 Dec. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 812913733X
- ISBN-13: 978-8129137333
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,133,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Menaka's Choice Paperback – 1 Dec 2015
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About the Author
Kavita Kané is the best-selling author of Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen and Sita's Sister. She started her career as a journalist and is now a full-time novelist. She is a postgraduate in English literature and mass-communications and a self-confessed aficionado of theatre and cinema. Married to a mariner, she is a mother to two teenaged daughters and currently lives in Pune along with Dude, the overfriendly Rottweiler, Chic the friendly Spaniel and Babe, the unfriendly cat.
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. really enjoyed it. keep up great writing Ms. Kavita
Menaka, according to stories, was just one of the most beautiful 'Apsara' a pawn in Indra's scheme, sent from heaven to disturb Rishi Vishwamitra’s penance and prevent him from becoming more powerful than the devas in heaven.
But author Kavita Kane has given Menaka a personality. She becomes not just a beautiful sensuous nymphet meant as diversion or for physical gratification but also a woman with a ticking brain; she is aware of circumstances, she thinks and decides her own course of action. It is her story; of how she dares to take a path of love and loyalty, of how a game of deceit becomes her truth, of speaking her mind and standing up against wrong, of how her love is destroyed by the conniving Indra not once but twice, of her decision to sacrifice her happiness for the greater good of her children and her husband, of her desperation to reunite with estranged family, of her silently bearing the pain...
Since forever, men in Indian society have been given a status equal to God...infallible! Rishis like Vishwamitra leading a ascetic life have been revered and depicted as above all mortal insecurities. But the author has shown the human side of Vishwamitra. Known for his volatile quick temper and placing a curse on whoever dared to cause trouble in his prayers, Vishwamitra is absolutely besotted by charms of Menaka and gives in to his carnal desires like any other man and seeks pleasure in the arms of the woman. He finds much satisfaction and comfort in leading a householder till Menaka pushes him away so he could reach a higher goal.
The lucid description of Menaka's charm and beauty is very attractive and made me wish to see this lovely damsel in flesh. Kavita Kane has described the romantic and amorous episodes between the sage and celestial nymph with such artistic beauty that nowhere it seems either out of place or vulgar...it gives you goose pimples instead... it is almost delicious to read.
'All is well that ends well' and Menaka stands vindicated of her guilt of deviating the great sage from his path of attaining highest wisdom, her children have no ill feeling towards her, her sacrifice is recognised and held honourable by her husband, Vishwamitra and Indra learns a lesson of humility.
This book is as delightful to read as 'Sita's Sister' with easy syrupy language. Read it for that relaxed feeling and easy joy.