She was the queen of Hastinapur. Yet, when it comes to the great Mahabharata, her story is seldom spoken about, despite her responsibility in the continuation of the Kuru dynasty, and the consequences that would later lead to the Kurukshetra war. Fisher Queens’s Dynasty by Kavita Kane is the story of Satyavati, the second wife of the Hastinapur king, Shantanu. The book is about the courage, confidence and lesser known facts about Satyavati- the royal mother, the queen and the person who gave King Shantanu his heir to the throne!
The genre of mythology isn’t really my favorite when it comes to reading. But this time around, in a mood to try out new styles of writing, I chose Kavita Kane. Her earlier books Lanka’s Princess and Karna’s Wife are popular books, striking a chord with many owing to its simplistic narration and off beat treatment of mythological characters.
Satyavati is the strong headed lady with a past that is to haunt her for life
Born as a princess yet abandoned at birth, and raised as a fisher woman, she has her own battles to fight. Ambitious as she is, it isn’t going to be easy to ensure she gets what she is truly entitled to- the position of a queen. In her quest to fulfill her desires, her pawn in her scheme of things is Bhishma, who is forced to vow a life of celibacy and relinquish the throne of Hastinapur, so that his father could marry Satyavati.
Satyavati does regret this later; however in her newly found role as the queen of Hastinapur, there is no time for it all. She has to brush it aside and prove herself to the people and kingdom. Hastinapur needs to have its heir and a king to rule and as the queen mother; she could go to any extent to ensure the Kuru dynasty continues. The stage seems to be set, with the arrival of her three grandchildren Dhritrashtra, Pandu and Vidura. But little does she know that it is just the beginning, of greed and contempt, which goes on to bring about the great Kurukshetra war!
With a fast paced narration…
The book gives insights into some lesser known facts of the Mahabharata. Simple characterization, yet unraveling the different shades of the human personality, the story compels you to read on. A gradual progression of Satyavati from a young girl to a woman, a journey that makes you sigh and grieve. I also loved the description of Bhishma- a key person in her life. Bhishma, the son of Ganga, is intelligent, and a handsome man. He has a hard exterior, yet emotional on the inside.
The story line is engrossing with no complex mythological jargons. Smoothly laced words, enough drama to keep you hooked and an evocative narrative. Kavita Kane’s Fisher Queen’s Dynasty, is an epic surely worth a read. Here is a fresh take on mythology that would keep you glued till that last page.
*The book is available on Amazon in paperback as well as in Kindle format.