Every county, culture, and religion has some stories in which they have believed for centuries and are beliefs of people. Mythological fictions books are the fictionalized narration of such myth stories only. Mythological fiction is a very interesting genre of fiction writing. Inspired by the richness of culture they are made up of stories rooted in folklore, myth, and fairytales. A lot of mythologies, for instance, Greek mythology, Roman Mythology, Indian Mythology, Chinese mythology, Japanese mythology, and a lot of different mythologies are super interesting. And popular all around the world. Because of their unique plots, a lot of writers tried their hands to write a fictionalized version of. And take them to the desks of readers all around the world.
Some authors are able to do an incredible job in this. While some end up hurting the sentiments of readers in an attempt to give their own touch to the story. In this article, we are going to talk about some exceptional well Mythological Fiction books written by Indian authors. These books are based on different Indian mythology stories. They are not only abstract but also will give you a whole new perspective about the story.
5 Must Read Indian Mythological Fiction Books
The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi
The Shiva Trilogy is a set of three books. For instance, these books are The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras. All these books are set in 1900 BC and revolve around the mighty Lord Shiva. These books are simple but intriguing in language. Readers will find it difficult to keep these books down as they are super interesting and narrated in a unique way. As it is a perfect page-turner. The author has narrated in a very powerful way without ignoring any facts. It also throws light on how good and evil are always considered as different sides of the same story. If you are a lover of Indian mythology then you simply can’t miss reading these books. And because of its simple language, it is perfectly fine for beginners as well.
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Palace of illusions by Chitra Banarjee is a fictionalized narration of the Hindu epic Mahabharata from the point of view of the most important female character Draupadi. It traces all the aspects of her life from an unusual birth, lonely childhood, to an unusual marriage. It also talks about the beautiful bond of friendship that she shares with Lord Krishna. This book was an international bestseller and after it publishes the author also raised to international fame. It is an incredibly interesting book that you simply can’t miss reading. This book can wet the reader’s eyes in a lot of places. In simple words, it can be said that it is a deeply human and emotional story of a woman born and living in a man’s world.
Dharmyoddha Kalki by Kevin Missal
A lot of writers have written about Mahabharata and Lord Krishna but only a few have touched the other aspects of Indian mythology. Kevin Missal wrote about the tenth avatar of Lord Vishnu, Kalki. He has no idea about his heritage and comes to know about it until he is pitted against tragedies and battles. Slowly after facing different incidents in his life he some to know that the sole reason for his birth is to cleanse the world he is part of. Different elements of this book like fantasy, betrayals, and politics make this book an amazingly interesting read.
Lanka’s Princess by Kavita Kane
It is the story of Surphnaka, a very famous sister of the king of Lanka, Ravan. This book was published in 2017. It talks about how she was usually perceived by society because of her not-so-beautiful features and brutal appearance. She is a very important part of Ramayana as she was the one who started off the war and got her nose sliced off by an anger-driven Lakshman. It also takes about the emotional side of the story. And also raise questions. For instance, was she really the one who started the war? Was she a victim in this story? Was she really the princess of Lanka? You can not miss reading this book as it will give you a whole new perspective on a not-so-favorite character of the tale.
Asura:Tale of the Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan
The last book on our list is Asura by Anand Neelakantan. It is the fictionalized narration of Ramayan from the point of view of the villain of the tale Ravan. And the narration is done by an asura Bhadra. Published in 2012 it is just 500 pages long. It adds a whole new side to the character and asks that was really so devious as shown? Was there no good thing to his character? It is undoubtedly one of the best books ever written about this character. And is definitely a must-read. If you want to read something not so usual and abstract then this is the book for you.
Final Thoughts on Mythological Fiction Books
Fictional content is a big world and mythological fiction is a part of it. Moreover, it is full of insights and will teach readers a lot about culture and tradition.If mythology attracts you even a bit then these are the books for you. You might think that you need to know about mythology to understand these books but t is not so. They are very simple and easy to understand. They will still convey their message and meaning easily to the readers. These books will tell you about the other side of the story. And other than that also talks about the importance of side characters of the story. They will also give you some thought for food. So, if you have not read any mythological fiction book then you should definitely try reading one of these books. Head to Podium Blog for more such recommendations.