January, Chennai: Sundari Haran has published her debut novel ‘Mandodari’s Ravanayana’ with India’s fastest growing self-publishing company – Notion Press. This fascinating read is the story of Mandodari, the queen of Lanka and the most unsung protagonist of the Ramayana.
Many books have been written on the central characters of the Ramayana such as Rama, Sita, Laxman,etc., but there is hardly any literary piece on Mandodari. She is often described as a pious and righteous royal lady who loved her husband and advised him to follow the path of righteousness. Her love and loyalty to Ravana are praised in the Ramayana. Mandodari was an extremely loyal and faithful wife to Ravana. She loved him despite his flaws and corrupt actions that she disagreed with. She tried her best to make a better person out of him, which was extremely admirable and brave. She was a beautiful woman and a fascinating lady whose story deserves to be told. The author has been quite successful in expressing Mandodari’s emotions, which help the readers understand what she had gone through in living her life.
Her life events are not only restricted to this,but she also has many other stories that are yet to be heard. Through this book, the author has decided to narrate an unconventional tale based on various mythological incidents. It takes the readers through the various significant life events of Mandodari by unfolding stories about her parents, her childhood, her relationship with Ravana, her children, her ideologies,etc. It also talks about the defeat of Ravana, in the battlefield where she was molested in front of the entire army. Her body was covered in scars thus facing the brunt of her husband’s deeds.
The Ramayana has portrayed Ravana as a jealous, lustful and selfish demon but he also had another side.He is referred to as a loser because he lost the battle with Rama, but was it an ethical battle wherein he was murdered? Mandodari, his closest associate, breaks her silence and shares an untold version of the epic.
Sundari Haran’s Mandodari’s Ravanayana will surely open a Pandora’s Box to the readers as it takes the readers through an unfamiliar mythological journey. The book will change the readers’ perspective about Ravana and Mandodari. Grab a copy of the book at earliest from Amazon, Notion Press bookstore to cherish this exciting story.
About the Author :
Born into a family of educationists, Sundari Haran is one of the Founders of the chain of The Indian Public Schools, which first started in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu.
Having lived in the US for over 20 years, she has enjoyed meeting and working with people of different ethnic backgrounds. The exposure has led to many healthy debates on life topics, for which Hinduism almost always had answers through it’s great epics and other scriptures –hence her deeply rooted interest in Hindu mythology.
A very positive and upbeat person, Sundari has a penchant for a happy, healthy and meaningful life. She wanted to become a firefighter, police officer, politician, stand-up comedian and an actor. None of those happened. But she still has them in her ‘To Achieve’ list, along with her other 95 desires.
Of the various hats she wears in her professional and personal life, the best is motherhood. Being blessed with the most wonderful children who make her world and life so enjoyable, Sundari is now donning another new hat as an author.