If Indian Mythology Intrigues You, Then Here Are 8 Books Which Should Absolutely be on Your Radar!


Over the last few years, mythological fiction has been gaining vast grounds in India like no other genre. Just like the Shiva trilogy by Amish, several Indian writers have come out with works that have been lapped up by book lovers in no time. With the many gods and goddesses, kings and queens, princes and princesses, instilled in our childhood memories it has become ever so exciting to pick up the next best book that caters to our never-ending imagination and feed our hunger of more such tales of old times. So we have put together a list of some of the best mythological fiction novels by Indian authors that you must read!

1. The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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A retelling of Mahabharata from Draupadi’s perspective, Palace of Illusions is pretty unique in its approach. It sums up the epic in 360 pages with a perspective that many mythology enthusiasts would love to read- from the woman around whom everything was happening. When we read Mahabharata we wonder what Draupadi would be feeling in those circumstances of her forced marriage to five, when she was put on stake in a chess game that went south. This book deals with her side of the story.

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2. The Pregnant King – Devdutt Pattnaik

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A very intriguing fictional tale of Yuvanashva of Mahabharata, a childless king, who accidentally drinks a magic potion meant for his queens to bare children resulting in him giving birth to a son. This story is not intriguing for just this fact. It has many such characters blurring the lines of male-female, king-queen, son-daughter. It is about Yuvanashva, his mother who can never be a king because she is a woman, his son who surrenders his genitals to be a wife; of Arjun, who is forced to masquerade as woman after being castrated by a nymph. This one breaks quite a few barriers and presents a very fictional yet relatable tale. It’s all these elements that makes it a risky, yet entertaining read.

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3. Ram Chandra Series – Amish Tripathi

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Tripathi pens another great mythological saga with his wand, this time around Ramayana. While the first part is interesting, however, Sita: The Warrior of Mithila, the second in this series, is much better when it comes to plot and storyline. The first, Ram: Scion of Ikshvaku is from the perspective of Ram, the second from the perspective of Sita and the third instalment in the series gives all the unique perspective of Ravana. This third one has only recently come out, so make sure to pick up all three in this series!

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4. The Kalki Series: Avtar of Vishnu – Kevin Missal

The author tells the story of Kalki, the 10th Avatar of Vishnu, as a hero, the one we all were waiting for since Krishna told the prophecy. The characters, the plot, the writing! Everything fits perfectly. It’s a feel-good book with thrill and some wow moments. The second book in the series Satyayodha Kalki came out last year too. So get your hands on these now!

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5. The Hastinapur series – Sharath Komarraju

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The series starts with The Winds of Hastinapur depicting the tale of Ganga and her struggle with each of her seven kids dead and the eight one left who will determine the future of Hastinapur, and Satyavati, who lures Shantanu into marrying her with the dream of making her sons future kings. The second in the series, The Rise of Hastinapur which is basically Mahabharata like never before! The third instalment, The Queens of Hastinapur, as the name suggests revolves around the different female characters, making it a strong retelling of Mahabharata with a touch of fantasy and fiction.

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6. Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen – Kavita Kane

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Different from other books on this aspect of Mahabharata, Karna’s wife is a story told from Uruvi’s, Karna’s wife’s perspective. Karna was always considered an outcast, more like the unsung hero of the epic. This particular story brings forth Karna in the image. Uruvi, a Kshatriya princess who falls in love with Karna and chooses him over Arjun, comes to terms with the social implication of her marriage with Karna and finds herself helpless over his blind allegiance to Duryodhana. She is a spectator of the epic battle and the twists and turns Karna’s fate takes.

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7. Vanara: The Legend of Bali, Sugreeva and Tara – Anand Neelakantan

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Vanara is a mythological fiction book that talks about the lesser popular tales, that of Sugreeva and Bali. And this is what makes it refreshing. The book is the story of the tribe of Vanaras, and three of the most important people of their tribe – Baali, Sugreeva and Tara. It is also, probably, the story of one of the world’s first love triangle.

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8. Kamadeva: The God of Desire – Anuja Chandramouli

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Kamadeva: The God of Desire is a mythological fiction that tells us (fictionally, of course) the entire story of Kamadeva, the legendary God of love. So, expect a mythological fiction which takes you on a roller coaster ride that is the life of Kamadeva.

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Let us know in the comments below which one you liked the best!


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