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Menaka's Choice by Kavita Kané
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Feb 29, 2016

it was amazing
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Apsaras, the celestial nymphs, are always overshadowed in the mythology by near-perfect leads. In the over all sketch of any tale, they're always reduced to mere seductresses whose beauty leads to destruction and ruin. Kavita Kane successfully brings forth the muted tale of Celestial Menaka, whose life is deeply entwined with that of great rishi Vishwamitra, the first and last man she seduced. :)
The first part of this book discusses the rebellious Menaka and her passionate yet ridiculed relationship with Gandharva king Vishwavasu while the second part discusses the mission she has been assigned, seducing the great Brahmarishi - Vishwamitra. Be it Vishwavasu or Vishwamitra, their insecurity with beautiful and earnest Menaka has been portrayed elegantly in quite casual way.
In both the parts, Kavita successfully points out the most sensitive yet dismissed emotions of the Apsaras: the muted anguish, Indra's foul plays, the "Assignments" that Apsaras are entitled with, their muted desires, their denied love-life and the respect they crave for.

Kavita Kane always strikes the chord by expressing the subtle lives of dampened characters of Mythology, and that has made me her ardent fan. Still "Menaka" of Menaka's desire is easily manipulative and doesn't stand tall like "Uruvi" of Karna's wife or "Urmila" of Sita's sister. She lacked the essence of a strong woman and often got caught in the tides of emotion. Yet an intimidating composition of beauty and brain.
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