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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,070 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Surpanakha, Ravans infamous sisterugly and untamed, brutal and brazen. This is how she is commonly perceived. One whose nose was sliced off by an angry Lakshman and the one who started a war but was she really just perpetrator of war? Or was she a victim? Was she Lankas princess? Or was she the reason for its destruction?

Surpanakha, meaning the woman as hard as nails was
Paperback, 280 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Rupa Publications India
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Surabhi Sharma
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
We all heard the story of Ramayana; Ram; Laxman; Sita; Ravan. How Ravan abducted Sita while she was with her husband Ram and his younger brother Laxman wandering in forest for fourteen years of exile. How Ravan fooled Sita by his Sage look and abducted to take revenge from Ram for disgracing his sister Surpanakha by blazing her nose.

But, the question is who Surpanakha is. Is the only identity of her; she is sister of Ravana and daughter of Kaikesi and Vishravas or is there something more to know
Shreya Vaid
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mythological fiction is a very tricky genre, you need to keep your facts straight and also bring something new to the reader. And if the book delivers not just something new but something brilliant, you are sorted for your mytho-fiction-reader-buds. Lanka's Princess by Kavita Kane is one such book that turned out to be simply brilliant with a perfect balance of right facts and something new and refreshing.

Just like Karna's Wife and Menaka's Choice, Kavita Kane has again decoded another
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lanka's Princess by Kavita Kané
'Those who love you always find you beautiful.' Shrupnakha was neither loved nor beautiful. What she was though was a determined woman. This book is a story of Meenakshi who later became Shupranakha. It is the first of its kind that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed.

Cover page
On the cover is the lady herself. She is wearing a lot of gold as befits the princess of Lanka and she is looking over a burning palace. The illustration tells a tale of a woman who was the
Roshika Deo
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting read, especially since I grew up with the Ramayan and Suknekha's story. The perspective of Suknekha brought an interesting insight and I loved how she defies gender norms around sexuality. There are definitely some fierce feminist elements however I wish there was more.
Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books)
Read the full book review on my blog Lanka's Princess by Kavita Kané - Book review

Ramayana is the epic which has various characters who teaches us a valuable lesson. Reading these great epics through the eyes of lesser known character is always amazing to read. Kavita Kané, who is best known to highlight the lesser known women characters of Hindu mythology, has again chosen the most misunderstood women character Surpanakha as of her protagonist. Having been already read her book Karnas Wife,
Kiruthika Nithynandan
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Lanka's princess" surpasses the previous works of kavita kane.It is very well researched and the author combines facts from various versions of the Ramayana to form an impressive and gripping tale of one of the most overlooked and intriguing characters of the classic.
The book was a very interesting read. I found myself at times sympathising with the lonely meenakshi and at times exasperated at her never ending thirst for revenge.
The characters are very well etched out but at times lack
Privy Trifles
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I remember reading a very detailed article on how we have started exploring mythology in different aspects by retelling famous stories from new angles and bringing forth perspectives which is very different from what we have grown up listening to in childhood. The author comes across as someone who has mastered the art of retelling the mythological folklore.

Read whole review here:
Shilpa Garg
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping, insightful story of an intriguing secondary character from Ramayana.
Anil Swarup
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another brilliant offering from Kavita Kane. She seems to have mastered the art of narrating story of lesser characters in Indian mythology. After masterpieces like "Karna's Wife" and "Sita's Sister", this one is about Meenakshi, more popularly known as Surpanakha, Ravan's only sister. The author credits her with causing the "great" confrontation. The narration is taut and the characters appear real. Those that know the story Ram can easily relate to what is written. And there is a lot more ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Could have been better.

The proprietor of Lanka Kanda.
Ramayan portrays Surpanaka as a lust driven, vengeance adoring woman. In Lanka's princess, she plays a victim of her own anger and vengeance.
There is nothing intriguing and there's no new perspective.
Unlike Sita's sister, Menaka's choice and Karna's wife, this work of Kavita Kane failed to keep me hooked.
Purva Khandelwal
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am amazed by the author's choice of d protagonist. Every time she comes with a strong, fierce,intelligent n independent woman from our mythology. Surpankha z yet another character who has been portrayed beautifully n so realistically. Every emotion every act every decision of hers z subtlety justified. Immense amount of research must have gone through to make her so real.kavita kane has a supreme talent of writing the same old story with a unique n unconventional approach. Her version of the ...more
I am a sucker for mythology and when the best-loved ancient tales are retold from the most unexpected POVs, I can't resist picking them up.

Kavita Kane has yet another winner with the story of the Ramayana told from the sullen, resentment-laden glare of Surpanakha (Ravana's sister). Her sensuality, anger, fleeting happiness, slyness, despair, violent rage and vengeance have been effectively captured in this engaging read.
Tarang Sinha
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Finished yet another mythological fiction, my new favourite genre. Lanka's Princess is Kavita Kane's 4th book (Again by Rupa Publications), however, this is my first book by the author.

Although, Mahabharata is more advanced, complicated and multilayered - basically more interesting, I find the women characters of Ramayana intriguing.

Kavita Kane is known for her lesser known/talked female mythological characters like Urmila, Karna's wife and Menaka, but this time she has chosen a very well known
Vaishnavi Shenoy
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Im a sucker for mythological retellings. This is the story of Surpanakha, born as Meenakshi - Lankas Princess.

Kavita Kane has done a good job describing an unpopular, marginalised character from the epic. The book neither glorifies nor undermines Meenakshi and the struggles of her life. There are times you hate her vicious nature and other times, her words make you ponder - was she really that evil? She is rejected and scorned by everyone, and her boldness or brazen sexuality are condemned in
Sandeep Bhat
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story of the lesser known. The well told ramayana in the perspective of Meenakshi, a name distorted as Surpanakha. Kavita Kane has used best imagery and the reader could actually feel the anguish, longing, anger and revenge. In today's world, where these emotions are plenty, lankas princess is relatable and one of the best mythological fictions till date.
Sreejith Panicker
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
No words to say just read and enjoy this masterpiece...
Shambhavi Sharan
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked up Lanka's Princess after having attended a session on "The Devi-Dayan trap" in the Times Lit Fest, held in Delhi in November'16, and having heard the author herself. The primary reason I went ahead and frantically searched for this book in the nearby store was because Kane emphasised on the power of marginal characters. On how, looking through the eyes of these characters, while the story remains the same, the narration entirely changes.

Kavita Kane's Surpnakha, is probably the
Taanya Ahuja
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Yes, I am a monster!" screeched Meenakshi, her eyes flashing,baring her claws at her mother. "See them? If annyone hurts me, I shall hurt them with these!! I am Surpanakha!"

Lanka's Princess by the bestselling author of Karna's Wife, Sita's Sister and Menaka's Choice, Kavita Kané is a mythological fiction published on 1st December by Rupa Publications.The book is widely available at the bookstores and in the kindle format. The cover page of the book is very beautiful full of black, red and gold
Ritu Mantri
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Often there are arguments on Ram abandonment of Sita even after purity test but seldom there is any debate on his and Lakshman's misdeed of disfigurement of Surpanakha. With this incident in focus, Kavita Kane for the first time wrote her book from an antagonist point of view.

In Lanka's Princess, Kavita Kane has not justified any of the misdemeanor and wrongdoings of Surpanakha. In fact she has been portrayed her as we all know her. What Kavita has tried was to reduce the hatred for this
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Like Kavita Kane's previous books, this one too looks at a character that has a minor role in the original epic.

The writing is engaging and you constantly want to know what will happen next (or more likely HOW it will happen from surpanakha's perspective, if you're already familiar with the Ramayana). Surpanakha, being the protagonist or rather the antagonist of the book is etched well. That being said, you may not necessarily like her. The extent to which pursues her bloodlust is unwarranted
Jan 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tbr-2017
This book shows that proof reading and editing are out of fashion. Just type anything, include all possible grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and typos, and voila! A book is born. The utter callousness with which the book has been written makes me wonder about the veracity of the writing. Of course, it is fiction and all that, but if the language is anything to go by, looks like this book was dished out in a hurry with whatever came to the author's mind just to add one more item to her ...more
Priyanka Kiran
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is not a single dull moment in this book. It echoes how all people are a mix of good and evil; how our worlds are not all black and white and how its the choices that we make that define our destiny.
Kavita Kane is turning out to be one of my favourite authors
Mayuri Nidigallu
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2017

My only memory of Surpanakha was from a fleeting mention of her in Mythology, The Ramayan to be precise. I knew of her as Ravans ugly sister who was attracted to and tried to entice Laxman and had her nose and ears cut off as a punishment and to teach her a lesson.

Kavita Kane takes this commonly known skeletal description and uses her imagination and words to paint a complete picture of the little known Lankas Princess.

Surpanakha was named Meenakshi the one with beautiful, fish-shaped eyes-
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Kavita Kane has taken us on the journey of how a little girl who just wanted love and support of her family went on to become a manipulative demon leading to the deaths of most of her family members. Author Kavita Kane, in her book, Lankas Princess, brings a new perspective on this infamous character. While reading the book, many of the times I am forced to wonder that would Lanka war would have really taken place if Meenakshi alias Meenu was truly loved and cared by her family, especially her ...more
Purba Chakraborty
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy-2017
"Lanka's Princess" tells the story of Surpanakha, Ravan's sister. She is the protagonist of this book and I must say that the author has beautifully brought her into life in the pages of the book. It was interesting to know all the major characters of Ramayana through Surpanakha's eyes.

The book starts on a very interesting note where we see Lord Krishna talking to a woman with a hunchback known as Kubja after coming to Mathura. He recognizes her at once and the woman also senses an uncanny
Arya V Reghu
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Nishant Bhagat
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For someone who has become a specialist in creating central characters out of those who have been mostly in the shadows in our myths or history, Kavita Kané has impressed me a lot.

To be honest, when I started reading this book, I did not have many expectations out of it. But as I started getting deeper into the book I realised it has entrapped me. We all know about the Surpanakha story in the Ramayan. But I always wondered what about her background? Why was she the way she was portrayed in
Pulkit Garg
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kavita Kané really outdoes herself with each and every single book that she writes, and this book was no exception. The book is about the legendary Surpanakha, the sister of King Ravan of Lanka. The book shows the Ramayan in a new light, through Surpanakhas view. It also shows the drastic change from Meenakshi to Surpanakha, and it actually makes you feel sorry for her, as the rejected child in a majestic family. Although, if you compare the book with that of Anand Neelkanthans Asura, you find ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story telling from Kavitha Kane .Good improvement from her earlier style of narration.Its always great to read puranic stories ,more so when you assume you already know everything.I started reading this book assuming I already know ram ravan saga.But Kavitha expresses all details in such an elegant away ,I was surprisingly enlightened knowing finer details of kaikeyis family and many other details about ravans personality .This book is not too detailed on war that usually other books ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

Lankas Princess is a story of Surpanaka which is a not-so-discussed mythology character yet intriguing story written by Kavita Kane. People have always considered her as a villain and have always thought of her as an insignificant character, but in reality, the truth is different.

After reading the book one faces the dilemma of whether to feel sympathy towards Surpanaka or feel angry? Should one pity her for what she faced or should one hate her for what she did?

As usual, the author has managed
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