A new book brings to fore the untold stories of women in Indian mythology


New Delhi: A new book by renowned Indian writer Sudha Murthy will bring to the fore untold stories of women who are otherwise lost in the pages of Indian mythical stories.

The book titled The Daughter from a Wishing Tree: Usual Tales About Women in Mythology is part of a long-running mythology series by Murthy that includes titles like The Serpents Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata, The Man from the Egg: Unusual Tales about the Trinity, and The Upside-Down King: Unusual Tales about Rama and Krishna.

The book will also talk about the magic spell that can make a dead person come alive and the wishing tree that gives the wonderful gift of daughters. It will also answer some very curiosity invoking questions like who the gods turn to for support when they are helpless.

According to Murty, both history and mythology contain stories of unassuming women, who have played a vital role in deciding the future of their families and lineage. "They may not have been well-educated in what was considered academic at the time, but their maturity, courage, and devotion to their loved ones were exemplary."

"The book contains unusual stories about such women, and I hope that it will make you recognize that such women don't just belong to a time in the past, but continue to exist around us even today," the Padma Shri awardee said.

The book promises to take its readers through an adventurous journey filled with magic, secrets and wonder that will remind them of the strong female influences in their lives.

"Women in mythology, though fewer in number than men are often depicted possessing elements of strength and mystery. From Parvati to Ashokasundari, Shakti to Bhamati, you will encounter enchanting women who frequently assisted in the world and even the gods in this book.

"An interesting read which shows the power of the female divinity and also common women in the ancient times' The Daughter from a Wishing Tree' is a perfect gift for young parents, who can pass on these stories from Indian mythology to their kids," Puffin said in a statement.

The Daughter from a Wishing Tree: Usual Tales About Women in Mythology is published by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

The book is available on all offline and online stores.