Plot : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing : 4.5/5
OVERALL RATING : 5/5
Genre : Mythology, Retellings, Children’s Fiction
Date of Release: October 17th 2019
Publishing House: Penguin Random House India
Who do the Gods turn to for support when they are helpless?
The women in Indian mythology might be fewer in number, but their stories of strength and mystery in the pages of ancient texts and epics are many. They slayed demons and protected their devotees fiercely. From Parvati to Ashokasundari, this collection features enchanting and fearless women who frequently led wars on behalf of gods, were the backbone of their families and makers of their own destinies.
The Daughter from a Wishing Tree is the the fourth book in her popular mythology series preceded by The Serpent’s Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata and The Man from the Egg: Unusual Tales about the Trinity; and The Upside-Down King: Unusual Tales about Rama and Krishna.
This installment, unlike the other books in the series focus the important roles that women used to play in mythology and ancient India. And how because of them the humanity was saved from the harm at the hands of the asuras (evils), especially at the time when the powerful trinity and other male gods became powerless.
Did you know that the Trinity often turned to goddesses to defeat the asuras?
Sudha Murty has done a wonderful job by sharing these unheard stories which proves that women are no less than men. I really admire this book as in a patriarchal society like ours, it can be the medium through which everyone can realise how powerful a woman is! Especially, when there seems no possible way to save the day.
The writing style of Sudha Murty is what all we all are familiar with. And it goes without saying that “She has done it again!” The Daughter from a wishing Tree is another masterpiece by her. It is no less than any of her past works. In fact, it just gets better and better!
The book contains many beautiful illustrations by the amazing team of Penguin Random House, India which just made the stories in this book seem more magical and gripping! It is safe to say that The Daughter from a Wishing Tree by Sudha Murty is surely something that we can consider as a classic. It is something that will be accepted and enjoyed over various centuries and will remain new forever!
This post was sponsored by the lovely Penguin Random House, India who were kind enough to send me an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. A very big thanks to them once again!!
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