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Magical Women

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A weaver is initiated into the ancient art of bringing a universe into existence. A demon hunter encounters an unlikely opponent. Four goddesses engage in a cosmic brawl. A graphic designer duels with a dark secret involving a mysterious tattoo. A defiant chudail makes a shocking announcement at a kitty party. A puppet seeking adventure discovers who she really is. A young ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Hachette India
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This was such an unexpected read and Im so delighted. I had completely forgotten that I preordered this book and when it suddenly showed up on my kindle, I couldnt resist and had to begin immediately. Im a huge fan of anthologies, and this was a wonderful opportunity to discover the most compelling female voices in contemporary Indian publishing. This a great collection of tales featuring badass women, who are fed up of being told what they should and shouldnt do, and decide to take destiny into ...more
K.J. Charles
What mostly comes out of this collection of stories by Indian women and nonbinary writers (many based on Indian myth and folklore) is rage. Lots of it. I don't think I've read a collection previously where we see the protagonists wipe out the human race *twice*, but here it feels like most of the other MCs are just biding their time. There's rage about cruelty, rape, the destruction of the environment around us, patriarchy and cis men's disregard of women and children--and there is vengeance, in ...more
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May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magical Women is a collection of 14 women-centric short stories that deals with issues such as sexual abuse, patriarchy, Global Warming, love, and loneliness. Its quite diverse and contains strong opinionated and rational voices. The stories are a mix of fantasy, contemporary literature, mythology, and science fiction.

Since each story has been contributed by a different author, the writing style might be difficult to follow. But most of these stories are imaginative and intricate retellings that
Vivek Tejuja
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
An anthology isnt easy to edit. There are varied voices each with their own agenda, writing style, and each writer that adds wonderfully to the collection. Sukanya Venkatraghavan, author of Magical Women has done a wonderful job of the anthology of 14 Indian women writers writing fantasy and all things magical in the aptly titled, Magical Women.

All these stories may seem similar at some level, and probably they are most of them reflect on Indian magical creatures and stick to making them
John  Trident
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magical women

Sukanya Venkatraghavan

The writing style of each author in every chapter is so lucid, strong, unnerving, powerful & most importantly, soothing. The way it has been highlighted & magnified - taking into account every minute aspect of our lives. The stories are unnerving, the way every page moves leaves a deep impression, an impersonation of a great work of art which only a handful of authors manage to accomplish. What makes the book interesting is it's realistic nature of
Shreya Ila Anasuya
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm one of the contributors to this anthology. Once I finally had the chance to read all the other stories, I was immensely moved by the depth and variety in the storytelling by all the other thirteen writers. I particularly adore the retellings because I have a weakness for them and overall, the collections shimmers and glows. I really hope you'll read this beautiful book we made together, and enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it. ...more
Asma Kazi
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am one of the contributing authors to this Magical Anthology, and was lucky to have received and read the Author's copy a couple of weeks before the official release. As in case with anthologies, I was reading thirteen of the fourteen stories for the first time and living up to its name, the reading left me all dreamy and thoroughly enchanted.

The book is lush with beautifully written tales of glorious ends and hopeful beginnings, of love, rage and betrayal. It is a great medley of stories
Aditi ~ A Thousand Words A Million Books
Some of the stories gave me chills, some of the pure acts of female solidarity and togetherness made me smile, the stories were unique - I felt the magic as they unraveled before me - and the writing was exquisite throughout these 14 stories. Highly recommended.
Eva Pavithran
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some of the characters in Magical Women are older than time. Then again, they arent. While Indian mythology has always had strong female characters, they were more often than not, shunned into the shadows of their male counterparts. Magical Women turns this on its head. Names like Savitri, Damyandhi, Ganga, Lakshmi and Parvathi pop up, but in a more contemporary setting. And, there lies its beauty. While epics have alienated readers, Magical Women has the power to draw fans across the board.

May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*3.75 out of 5 stars
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarmistha by: Brooklyn Tayla
Every woman is a warrior of her own life.
Magical Women is an awe inspiring eye opener that beautifully encapsulate the soul of ground realities ranging from crime against women and children, exploitation of natural resources, pollution among many others.A fine collection of stories that bares the very fibre of modern materialistic society, the rentless pursuit of ambitious man and the most likely outcome of his autocratic nature.
The tales of strong women with a touch of charm, mythology and
Ronita Banerjee
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magical women took me to places unimaginable and introduced me to some magical women.

The stories are a brilliant composition with a touch of magic. Each and every story was perfect in it's own way.

Among these perfect stories "Rulebook for creating a universe" and "Earth and Evolution walk into a bar..." will remain etched on my mind forever.

Every story had a different taste yet all had the same agenda to highlight the women, their desires and cravings and the power that she carries.

A power that
Nikita Deshpande
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Disclosure/Disclaimer: I have a story in this anthology. There are NO SPOILERS ahead.

Now that's out of the way...

When you contribute a story to an anthology like this, you typically have no idea what the other stories are like until you hold a copy of the book in your hands. As you can imagine, I was blown away.

Even within the scope of fantasy by women and non-binary people, the anthology covers themes and ideas as wide as:
- new creation myths
- retellings of old Indian mythologies/characters
Nikita (thebookelf_)
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
💫Magical Women! Ah! Such a beautiful collection of unique stories. Each one written keeping in focus a strong, powerful and confident female character.
What can I say? As I read each story I feel deeper in love with the characters, the writing technique, and the touch of magic!
The book is a big chunk of chocolate dipped in gold. Its beautiful on the surface and irresistibly rich in its theme, message and plot.
Some stories will blow your mind, make you visualise each word you read and transport
Jaya Nagarajan
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. Must read.
Fathima (books_andstories_)
I never knew that an anthology could have the same voice behind different faces. So I was astonished when all the stories in this book rooted from shared problems and ended with the same note. I always love women who lift each other up and who can understand each other's problems we hide behind our veils. like, telling the world, 'Yes, it's our problem but if we stand together there will be nothing between us and our better world'. I saw that unity in this book. Every women in these multitude of ...more
Zainab Fatima
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Magical Women" is a collection of 14 enchanting short stories of women by several Indian authors with a twist of mysticism, mythology and fantasy that totally blew me away. I've two notable reasons to adore this book.
First, the concept of the book is extraordinarily beautiful.
Second, it took me a while to process each story in a good way. Every tales were ponderous and thought-provoking.

It has everything you can ask from a book with the mystical concept, a churail, goddesses, a woman who
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sumptuous read 😍😍😍
Hansda Shekhar
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Meera Nair
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

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Overall Review

- May we never be held hostage by old narratives
Amruta Patil- Manifesto of the Uncowed

The opening quote and powerful introduction by the books editor, Sukanya Venkatraghavan, make it very clear the purpose of this short-story collection. This anthology is a rallying cry for women, told through fourteen potent keepsake tales that while entrenched in Indian mythology, are very much forward facing and representative of a modern, feminist, Indian psyche.

When you open these pages you
Rutuja Ramteke
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
💍Magical Women By Sukanya Venkatraghavan💍
A compelling collection of stories that speak of love, rage, rebellion, choices and chances, Magical Women brings together some of the strongest female voices in contemporary Indian writing. Combining astounding imagination with superlative craft, these tales will intrigue and delight readers in equal measure.
📚My thoughts: Frankly speaking, have you read a book which while reading gives you vibes that you gonna re-read it? If yes, then this is exactly
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful collection of stories!

I absolutely loved the different takes on Hindu mythologies. I think one of my favorites was the retelling of Savitri 's story. I wouldn't mind reading full fledged books on quite a few of them. Many had the theme of humanity gone wrong and us humans turning on each other nad destroying everything and how we had to be stopped along with feminist themes which is what made this whole book unique and truly appreciable.

Loved it ❤
Prachi Pati
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful collection of stories on Indian mythological women, written with a fresh take on their origins or stories. I absolutely loved the stories and would recommend this book to everyone. My favourite stories were The Yakshis rose garden and Earth and Evolution walk into a bar. There were some stories that I couldnt relate to or understand that clearly, but overall, this book is as magical as the title suggests it to be. ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: october-2019
Thunderstorm! That's what I call a book like this. Each story is riveting and makes the book hard to put down. These 14 authors go far and beyond where any Indian writer regardless of their gender has tried to wander. The stories have a wide range from Dystopian universes to Chudails and then to quarrels between Indian deities over what the human race has become. Loved each story though Gul by Shreya remains my personal best.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
My favourite story in this collection was Shweta Taneja's Grandma Garam's Kitty Party because of how fun it was!
Pooja Sharma
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extraordinary read

Worthy of the title "Magical Women".
Not even for a minute i could stop reading as it is so engrossing.
Laxmi Priya
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a wonderful first step. And I thorougjly enjoyed the lotus weaving teenage girl's tale.
Ishika Tiwari
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Do you love cryptic Netflix ghost stories? Or YouTube shorts? Or are you a fan of dreamlike colonial fantasies or a dystopian sci-fi? Then you might find Magical Women appealing. Each story is written by women, from their perspectives. It's not written with a rose-tinted outlook and deals with very real and triggering incidents of rape, abuse and violence, but these powerful women with magic take no time in turning the tables on their oppressors and men usually turn to ashes, petals or death to ...more
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Sukanya Venkat is an Indian writer. Her first novel Dark Things was on Amazon India's Most Memorable Books of 2016. She is the editor of Magical Women, a feminist, fantasy anthology.

She started her film journalism career with Filmfare and was also the entertainment editor at Marie Claire. Sukanya has been part of the creative team, including scripting and research, for shows such as Look Who's

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