Mythological Monologues by Purba Chakraborty – Book Review

Mythological Monologues by Purba Chakraborty – Book Review

Title: Mythological Monologues

Author: Purba Chakraborty

Format: Kindle

Pages: 71

Where to get it from: Mythological Monologues

About the author: Purba Chakraborty is the author of 3 novels – “Walking in the Streets of Love and Destiny” (2012), “The Hidden Letters” (2014), Canvas of a Mind (2017) and three poetry books “The Heart Listens to No One” (2016), “Letters from the Soul” (2020) and “Mythological Monologues” (2020). She has also contributed her poems and short stories in more than 10 anthologies and various magazines.  She is an English Literature educator, content developer, and a blogger. She has done her post-graduation in English Literature and holds a diploma in creative writing in English.

About the book: Mythological Monologues is a collection of 26 dramatic monologues of epic characters from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The characters featuring in the book contains some very strong and distinguished characters like Ahalya, Bhishma, Eklavya, Janaki, Karna etc.

My review of the book: With her book, “Mythological Monologues”, Purba takes the reader into the era of Ramayana and Mahabharata. She takes you into the minds of some of the characters of these epics. She makes you think about the incidents of mythology from the perspective of each of these characters. The book gives you a glimpse of how the characters must have felt and what they must have thought of at the time those incidents took place. What is unique about this book is that it makes you see the same incidents from various angles and from various perspectives. The first monologue, that of Ahalya, itself is a very strong one and reflects on the irony of the society. It shows the plight of the woman at that time. How she was punished for no fault of hers. She points out how the women were wronged. Through the monologue of Ahalya, Purba shows us how the society has always blamed and punished women.

“I could envision the future of women

 Men will molest them, rape them,

Yet the society will blame and punish the poor women;”

Each and every monologue is a like a gem woven intricately in this unique book. The monologues remain in the mind of the readers even after finishing the book. “Mythological Monologues” is a book that makes you reflect upon the choices and decisions made by those characters which they must have regretted later.

This book is a part of the Blogchatter book review program.

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