About the book : Indian mythology is a teeming storehouse of heroes and heroines, who are psychological studies in themselves. Did you know, for instance, how Krishna’s son, who was his father’s alter ego, tackled the curse to be the destroyer of his entire clan? Did you know that sage Gargi was the only lady amongst legendary sages who competed for the prize for the greatest sage in the sub-continent? Did you know that Sahadev, the youngest Pandava, had qualities lacking in any of his other, better-known brothers? Did you know that Shakuni is actually a tragic hero?
Myth and the Mind is a collection of six short stories about very interesting personalities in Indian mythology. These men and women are all great, and they are all human beings in whom we will all discover a small part of ourselves.
Chit Chat Session
Congratulations for your book “Myth and the Mind: Psychological Tales of Mythological Characters” and for all the lovely reviews! How are you feeling?
I am very happy that the book has been published, and has received extremely good reviews from its readers. I want it to reach others as well, so that interest in the huge storehouse of Indian mythology increases among the readers.
Kindly acquaint our readers with “Myth and the Mind”
“Myth and the Mind” is a collection of six short stories on various characters from Indian mythology. The thrust is on the psychological twist in these characters, and why they acted as they did. Some characters are from the Mahabharata, some from the Ramayana, and some from the Puranas.
Myth and the Mind is a collection of six short stories about very interesting personalities in Indian mythology with an extremely unique plot. How did you arrive at the core of the idea?
It occurred to me that Indian mythology does not merely tell us stories about great heroes; it actually tells us stories about very real human beings. Many of these stories are psychological tales in their own right. This interest in the psychology of the characters made me write this book.
How do you manage writing along with your day-to-day tasks?
I am the Principal of a college, and I have several deadlines to meet daily. However, the love of writing, and the love of mythology makes me take time out from my schedule to speak of my ideas to other people.
What was most challenging and the most fulfilling part of writing this book?
The most challenging part of this book is to be true to the mythological story, even while trying to interpret it in a new way. Many writers are using mythological themes in their stories, but often they change the stories to suit themselves. I did not want this to happen. My stories are mythologically correct, even while the interpretation is modern.
Which writers inspire you most?
Of course Ved Vyas and Valmiki. They are the greatest story-tellers in the world.
What is the next book that you have planned?
Apart from academic books, which I write often, I am planning a second volume on mythological characters from a psychological angle.