Satyavati by Karthika Naïr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published by Harper Collins
Bought @ Kindle Store, Amazon.in
I read an extract of Karthika Nair's epic poem (to be published) 'Until the Lions'. It was such a powerful poem, that I set about finding out more about the author and her works.
The title of the (forthcoming) book is taken from this famous saying "Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." by Chinua Achebe. Most of our epics wax eloquent about bravery and gallantry of God-like warriors. The voice of minor characters is often drowned out.
Karthika Nair attempts to re-tell the tale in the voice of other characters, in this instance, Satyavati. A high born maiden raised by a low born father, Satyavati was destined for great things. She had only her beauty to buy herself a better life, and she learned fast how to use it.
This short excerpt, sold on kindle, is an excellent example of Nair's talent. I cannot wait for the book to be out.
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