Do we mean anything?’ Tara questioned hopelessly. ‘Are our desires, our dreams relevant to the course of destiny at all?’
Tara. Vali’s wife; Sugriv’s queen; the woman behind Rama’s curse.
A person of extraordinary intellect, foresight and determination, Tara is a master stateswoman, both before and after she marries Vali and is crowned the queen of Kishkindh. But her wisdom and stature cannot stand in the way of destiny. Tara finds herself caught in a battle of egos between the two brothers and reduced to the victor’s trophy. However, in this time of conflict, she resourcefully restores peace and prosperity in the kingdom she helped build, even if it means sacrificing everything.
Kavita Kané, in her latest recounting of the Ramayana, narrates the tale of Tara’s truce—the compromises Tara made to fulfil her divinely ordained purpose, including marrying her husband’s killer.
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5 December 2023
Kavita Kané is a former journalist and a bestselling author of seven books. She is considered a revolutionary force in Indian writing because she has brought in feminism where it is most needed— mythology. Her seven novels are all based on women in Indian mythology.
Her journey began as a journalist, with twin post-graduation degrees in English literature as well as mass communication and journalism from the University of Pune. With a career spanning over two decades, working with Magna Publishing and DNA, she eventually quit her job as an assistant editor at the Times of India to devote herself to writing full-time. Passionate about theatre, cinema and the arts, she is also a columnist, screenplay writer and a motivational speaker.
She currently lives in Pune with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and an uncurious cat.