Review: Heroines by Ira Mukhoty

DB9Uw-qXYAQ1XBS.jpg largeHeroines is a book that outlines, in light detail, the lives of eight women in Indian history (one from mythology). We read about Draupadi, Radha, Ambapali, Raziya bint Iltutmish, Meerabai, Jahanara Begum, Rani Laxmibai and Hazrat Mahal as they each fight for their rights, fight their circumstances and fight the society as a whole. The amount of effort she has put into the research is astounding, bringing out facts that we haven’t heard before and telling them in story like form to entertain the readers. Right from Draupadi’s strong character to Raziya Iltutmish’s capabilities as a ruler to Meera’s disdain for traditional life; she makes each woman seem real and relatable so we can feel their frustrations more than we could in the traditional story.

Something, that I found different about Ira’s research was that she not only used the common references like the puranic texts, but also the television versions of the same. Ramananda Sagar’s Ramayana and Shri Krishna, and both the Mahabharatas of B. R. Chopra and Ekta Kapoor, were talked about. More than half of our generations know these stories from these shows, so it was great that she compared!

All thanks to HT Brunch for sending me this book! I loved it!

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