Mandodari – Koral Dasgupta


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After Ahalya, Kunti and Draupadi, Koral Dasgupta brings us Mandodari, the fourth of the Pancha Kanyas in the Sati series. Narrated in Koral’s signature style, the exchanges of Mandodari and Sita (and their implications for Ravan and Ram) are absolutely fascinating. Imaginative, intense and insightful Ashwin Sanghi Mandodari, the queen-consort of King Ravan of Lanka, has long been a forgotten figure in the Ramayan. Her beauty, piety, and righteousness have been extolled, but her pivotal role in the epic battle between Ram and Ravana has been overlooked. Until now. In this fourth book of the bestselling Sati series, Koral Dasgupta offers readers a rare glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the most enigmatic characters in our epics. Through the twists and turns of this gripping tale of power, love, and loyalty, Mandodari is forced to navigate her frustration with Sita’s presence in Ashok Vatika, deal with her wily sister-in-law’s lies that will lead their kingdom to war, and firm up her position in Lanka, as the daughter of the divine architect Mayasur, by re-building the magical kingdom of Lanka. In this masterful retelling of her story, Mandodari’s formidable inner mastermind is unleashed, revealing a leader who is willing to go to any lengths to protect her family and her people.


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