Koral Dasgupta’s first of the Sati Series books, AHALYA is a powerful rendition of feminism. AHALYA eloquently introduces the readers with the social apparatus and the status of women thousands of years ago.
AHALYA is the first mythological fiction which I have read until the last page. The reason I could not bear with the books written by even the most famous of my contemporary authors is that I hate any degree of adulteration in mythology and history. I do not approve of it. Secondly, I believe that the English language does not have the extent to accommodate the sanctity and spirit of Indian mythology. Not that I do not love English as a language; I respect the richness of Indian folklore. Every language has a soul and English certainly does not have a right soul for Indian mythology. AHALYA succeeded to sustain my interest in spite of my deep-rooted beliefs because of the masterly storytelling by Koral Dasgupta. I am not condescending but these are my honest thoughts. I am sorry if that offends my author friends.
Koral's AHALYA has only five characters. Ahalya's feminism sees the two females-Mist and Mandakini as kind souls but Brahma and Gautam are emotionless. She complains that her creator Brahma is an artist more than a father and her husband thinks of her as an obstacle to his path of achievements. The loneliness of AHALYA after she lands at Gautam's hermitage has been soulfully described. You pity her. You want to reach her to end her misery.
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