Indian mythology is such a vast and interesting field that a great number of books have come up from the stories. Some are fictions which built a field for the writer’s imagination whereas others came up with fresh interpretations of the old stories. Here are some of the top picks that you must read to strengthen your knowledge on Indian mythology.
1. The Shiva Trilogy
This trilogy by Amish Tripathi did create a stir in the market with its gripping tale on Lord Shiva’s journey and achievements. The three books- The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras- became the fastest selling series. The first book is on the role of Shiva in the war between Suryavanshi and Chandravanshi and his take on saving Sati. The second book narrates Shiva’s journey to find a way to reach Naga people where he uncovers a secret. The third book is the holy war on those who use Somras and the reason behind wiping it out entirely. It is a good pick to kick start your weekend readings.
When it comes to mythology, Devdutt Pattanaik’s book on Mahabharata is a suitable choice. This book is a retelling of Mahabharata where the narration focuses on capturing the gist of the story. Moreover, several rare pieces of information collected from the vernacular tales is explained so simply that you will be proud of having this on your bookshelf.
3. The Krishna Key
Another marvellous writer, Ashwin Sanghi wrote a lot of books on myths and history. The reason behind picking this book is that the plot twist is so irresistible that you can’t get your hands off this book. The interesting fact about this book is that the format of the book is very real and authentic. Though this is a work of fiction, the book also covers the story on the life of Krishna.
4. The Palace of Illusions
It is a really tough choice to make this a single pick out of many tales on the women characters. This book is the narration on Mahabharata from the perspective of Draupadi, the wife of the five Pandava brothers. Chitra Divakaruni ensured a feminist perspective that gives the readers a fresh and pleasurable read.
Anand Neelakantan is one of those writers that look at a story from an alternative perspective. Ramayana is the story on the victory and generosity of Lord Rama. It provided us with one of the great villain of all times, Ravan. However, it is necessary to hear the tale from the perspective of Ravan to understand if calling him the villain is justified or not. This is that book which you must read since it tells you to look at a story from your perspective and not on the basis of how it is told. The Asura clan needed a voice and this book exactly does that.
These top picks will make mythology your favourite genre. These books are written with so much dynamism that it is a way of enriching your knowledge on culture, history and traditions. It would be unfair to ignore some other crucial writings under this genre. Here are some honourable mentions- Gita by Devdutt Pattanaik, Ram Chandra Series by Amish Tripathi, Sita by Devdutt Pattanaik, Karna’s Wife and Menaka’s Choice by Kavita Kane, Chanakya’s Chant and Sialkot Saga by Ashwin Sanghi and many more.
By Arkamita Ghosh