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Anand Neelakantan: Women of the Ramayana Uncovered .. in Valmiki’s Women

Interesting New Perspective .. Some things YOU knew  .. Somethings YOU wondered ..  Anand Neelakantan’s Valmiki’s Women gives us five lesser known tales of Women of the Ramayana.

In this session, we learn the fascinating back stories of some lesser known female characters from the Ramayana.  The book is Rich in emotion and drama.    It is a  unique set of stories that provides a different perspective to the readers of the Ramayana.

The Ramayana was about a Prince, Anand Neelakantan delves into what was the role of Women, their ambitions, love, courage, and devotion.

Valmiki’s Women gives a new perspective on these Five Women of the Ramayana:

  • Bhoomija:  The name for Sita who no mortal could give birth to her. She had to be born from the earth.   The wife to the exemplary man, a hero.   A perfect man.  A man of great virtue.
  • Shanta:  The sister of Ram.  The daughter of King Dasharatha and Kaushalya.  Was she the Rightful Heir to the throne.  Did King Dasharatha blind desire and greed for a “son” make him give her up for adoption?Women of the Ramayana

Was she just a woman, to be pawned, to be sold, to be used as a seductress.  She was worthless.

  • Manthara:  The evil whisperer.   She was ugly, a hunchback who walked with difficulty. Should Dasharatha have kept his word that Bharata would be king when he married Kaikeyi?
  • Tataka:  She was a “Yaksha”.  Her duty was to protect the jungles and its children and keep the rhythm of nature in-tact.  Was she the destroyer or the yogis that were sacrificing animals?
  • Meenakshi or Soorpnakha:  She was the one with the beautiful eyes.  The “KING” gave the orders – ears, nose and breasts.  Was that the punishment that she deserved?

These stories make you think and wonder.    Watch more of our session in Hindu Mythology.


Speaker | Personality Details

Anand Neelakantan is the author of the Baahubali trilogy, the prequel to S.S. Rajamouli's blockbuster movie. Neelakantan is also the author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished, which told the Ramayana from Ravan’s point of view. He followed it up with the tremendously successful Ajaya series. Neelakantan’s books have been translated into more than nine languages, including Indonesian.