Shakuntala : The Woman Wronged
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    Shakuntala : The Woman Wronged  (English, Utkarsh Patel)

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    • Language: English
    • Publisher: Rupa Publications India
    • ISBN: 9788129137463, 8129137461
    • Edition: 2015
    • Pages: 296
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    The story of Shakuntala is well known-her upbringing in the ashram, her meeting with Dushyant, their marriage and subsequent separation due to a curse and their final joyous reunion. What is not so well known, however, is that the gentle, lovelorn Shakuntala immortalized by Kalidasa is very different from the original Shakuntala of the Mahabharata a strong, fiery woman who stood up for her rights when she was spurned by her beloved. In this thoughtful retelling of the story of Shakuntala, Utkarsh Patel brings to the fore the original heroine, the bold and beautiful daughter of Menaka and Vishwamitra who fights to get herself and her son the recognition they deserve. She does not surrender to anyone, not even the king of Hastinapur. Retold to suit the modern-day context, Shakuntala: The Woman Wronged is a must-read to understand one of the most powerful yet underrated female characters of the Mahabharata.

    About the Author

    Utkarsh Patel
    is a corporate-professional-turned-mythologist, and now an author. He is a professor of Comparative Mythology at the Mumbai University and has qualifications in Indian and World Mythology. He is a founder-member of the Talking Myth Project (http://www.talkingmyths.com), an attempt to create an online repository of age-old stories lost in this modern world. Utkarsh blogs at www.utkarshspeak.blogspot.in and is a regular speaker at various forums.
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    A mythological fiction with a contemporary relevance.

    Mythological fictions are at its peak these days. Most of them concentrates around Shiv, Vishnu, Ramayana, Mahabharata. Shakuntala's story is a piece of pastry from the big cake of Mahabharata. The book is the gift to the readers who are not satisfied with the Kalidasa version of Shakuntala's tale, which renders that the curse of Rishi Durvasav is a reality and that Dushyant did forget about Shakuntala, the poor, helpless, inable girl. Utkarsh Patel tells us that no, Shakunthala is not an 'ab...
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    Shakuntala: The Woman Wronged – Utkarsh Patel

    The author had portrayed Shakuntala as the women who is bold expressing her views without fears, debates with the well learned sages like a modern day woman. He also visually depicts to the readers the patriarchal society that existed during her age. The author has established a link with the readers by presenting the stories in a continuous manner starting from Shakuntala’s childhood in the ashram, her meeting with the King of Hastinapur Dushyant and their marriage & separation due the curs...
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    Shakuntala: The Woman Wronged

    The author, Utkarsh Patel, has astutely observed the different moral yardsticks of our society which still remain unaltered.Because of such double standards, almost all stories revolving around Dushyant have depicted the king as an upright man of high morals who becomes a victim of some strange curse and forgets about his love and marriage. He was hardly ever shown as one pleasure seeking wily king...
    But here in this story, author has dared to call a spade a spade....King Dushyant engaged in...
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    Shoma Abhyankar

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    Must Read

    It's beautiful story of a long forgotten fiery brand, heroic character named, Shakuntala taken from Vyasa narration of Shakantula, where she is not a victim, but one who stands for what is right! She portrays US, the modern women who understand that we are not dependent on man, but is rather always the other way round! Woman who can be kind, compassionate and loving but mis-treat her and she is nothing less than Kali herself! The book is replete with scenic beauty and exhibits and expresses t...
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