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She was a young girl of sixteen. The firstborn, the ‘original’ scion of Ikshvaku, the daughter of Dasharatha and Kaushalya, who came before Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughana. Shanta, as her named suggested, preferred solitude to her royal status of the princess of Ayodhya. She yearned for love—from her parents, who were obsessed with producing a male heir for theirShe was a young girl of sixteen. The firstborn, the ‘original’ scion of Ikshvaku, the daughter of Dasharatha and Kaushalya, who came before Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughana. Shanta, as her named suggested, preferred solitude to her royal status of the princess of Ayodhya. She yearned for love—from her parents, who were obsessed with producing a male heir for their kingdom. After the passing of many years, when Dasharatha lies on his death bed pining for his son, Rama who has been banished to the forest for 14 long years, it is Shanta who is besides her father, but watches helplessly as Dasharatha doesn’t even recognize her. In this fascinating and hitherto unknown account, Shanta: The Story of Rama’s Sister, Anand Neelakantan tells the story of a woman who makes sacrifice her life’s mission, propelled by love, affection and a commitment to the land of her birth, Ayodhya....

Title : Shanta : The Story of Rama's Sister
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ISBN : 35455235
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Number of Pages : 35 Pages
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Shanta : The Story of Rama's Sister Reviews

  • Sriram Radhakrishnan
    2019-05-30 07:52

    A Good read about Rama's sister. I have heard of a story saying Dasharat had a daughter even before Rama, but not how Anand Neelakantan has portrayed it. As always, the author has done an excellent job in just 35 pages. Looking forward to more short reads from him.

  • Preeti Nair
    2019-05-28 07:47

    It was a delight to read this short story of Rama's sister. I was not aware of the existence of this character in Ramayana till I came across this book. Despite being shunned by her father and given away to a childless couple, Shanta becomes the reason for fulfillment of her fathers desire to beget a son

  • Jiten Upadhyay
    2019-05-21 02:00

    While the detailed review for this book is available at, here is the summary of it.The Plot:The story will be found interesting by a majority of readers because despite Ramayana being one of the most read and adapted scriptures around India, very little is written about "Shanta" - the first born of King Dasharatha and his wife Kaushlya.In this book we see that Shanta is a girl of age around 16 and she is growing up with mix feelings. His father king Dasharatha is very frustrated of not having a boy-child so far despite having 3 queens, he neglects Shanta. The only solace she can find is in the gestures and actions of her (step)mother Kaikeyi. Grown up in the kingdom of Kekeya, Kaikeyi never has discriminated between a boy and a girl. It is all about skills and capabilities there. She considers Shanta as the perfect choice to be the next ruler after king Dasharatha. She took personal interest in giving her education in almost every field, including the battle! Yes, Shanta was given the training of weapons as well, on the insistence of Keikeyi. Manthara too showered her love on Shanta.One day, the things took unexpected turn when the king of Anga came with a proposal to Dasharatha. What was the proposal and how it affected the life of Shanta and almost everyone associated (or to be associated) with her, is explored in the book.Views and Reviews:What I like the most in the book is the way the characters are explored. Each character has his/her own attributes and as the tale progresses, they are explored in convincing manner.Some authors, these days, write about something erotic and sexual point of view, especially about women and give it the name of feminism. That is not the feminism. It is all about respecting one for who he/she is. Everyone should be treated equally, given same opportunities and facilities without having any gender bias, that is it. This book thus is the exploration of the same thing. The way Kaikeyi's character behaves and treats Shanta, shows the way she, herself, was grown up.Also, the reaction of Rishyashringa's father, after knowing about the decision of his son to get married to Shanta, is something worth reading. No anger, no hate, no prejudice, just accepting what happened and what to happen. Now, this what you call a character of a saint or a sage.The way the book concludes is another positive point of the book.This book contains some good gems of writing, here is an example:"… won’t it be a sweet irony that it needed his daughter to fulfil his desperate need for a son? "On the downside, the book could have been explored in more detail. It is quite short read. Mostly when during some schemes/promotion, even the full-fledged books are available from somewhere between Rs. 21 - Rs. 99 on Amazon (Kindle Ebooks mainly), many readers may see it as costly.However, if you want to explore the story of "Shanta - The Sister Of Rama" - this book is a good choice.

  • Harshita
    2019-06-07 06:53

    Anand Neelakantan has been known to retell our mythologies from a different perspective - be it Ravanas's story in Asura or the Kaurava's story in Ajaya. This short story is about Shanta, the first-born of king Dashratha and the true heir of Ayodhya. Bud sadly, she is hardly known to us. Even Dashratha ignores her and pines for a son; and even gives her up for adoption in hopes of begetting a son. Even on his deathbed he is unable to recognise her. Kaikeyi, her step-mother and Manthara, her nanny are the only two who understand and encourage her. (view spoiler)[Writing more than this would be revealing the plot and ruin the whole idea behind a review. So go ahead and read this book. It's even free for borrowing on Kindle unlimited! (hide spoiler)]The story is beautifully written and perfectly capture the emotions of a girl caught between her ambition and her love for her family. What makes the story even more poignant is that even today a boy is valued much more than a girl child. As it is said in the book "... although she (Shanta) would have brothers, but they were not going to make her father happy... ." If this story is indeed a part of our scriptures, it needs to be more widely known so that people understand that they should love their daughters equally.Highly recommended!

  • TJ
    2019-05-26 07:41

    Honestly, I didn't know she was the Scion of Ayodhya. I read of the character before in brief as the daughter of Manthara. If this book is true. Then her sacrifices should never have been erased from our religious history, we only shout in the name of Lord Ram, we never follow his principles or teachings, just bloody political motives to fulfil. Women don't see the limelight much anyways. Even today when they are way ahead of men, they are still looked down upon. Very few parents actually & honestly welcome a girl child amidst them. I am glad to have read this book. I feel everyone should read this. Fiction or not This book teaches us a lot of things; Learn to forgive, only then will you be able to live wholeheartedly, freely.Happiness comes from within, a flower blooms merrily to bring joy to the onlookers, a withered flower never brings joy. Be happy yourself, to keep everyone happy around you.Women are not objects, stop treating them as such. They have been oppressed since ages and are still treated worse in rural areas. Stop those non-sense, open your eyes, they deserve way more respect than we can possibly imagine, for without them men are nothing(saying this even being a male chauvinist). The universe works in simple ways, its us who wants to find the mystery within simple things, hence end up complicating and confusing ourselves. The beauty of life is not in scheming, its in living.Thank You for writing this book so plainly. I believe everyone can clearly understand the message. Please read this once and understand and implement in your life and your surroundings what you understood.

  • Namita Tiwari
    2019-06-18 10:09

    Incredibly engaging and I like it that its a short one , so finished it soon Anand is seasoned story teller and has been successful in capturing the readers who prefer short books.While I may have read about shanta in some of Devdutt Patnaik books , this book from anand is memorable

  • Deepak Kumar
    2019-06-04 01:51

    This book entirely changed views how we see Rama and Ayodhya. I never thought king Dasaratha ever had biases towards son or daughters. Shanta's story tells us how engraved social evils were at that time too. I wonder how images of Kaikeyi's and Manthra's are projected in Ramayana. Shanta's story tells us how dedicated & giving women are and were always. ** Timings of Shanta's adoption, drought in Anga and marriage of Shanta are speculative, still its a very good retelling.

  • Ajitabh Pandey
    2019-06-11 09:45

    Long back I read a poem somewhere about Ram's sister Shanta and since then it has been a curious topic for me. I have been trying hard to find the evidence of the same and what happened to her, but unable to do so. Some scholars quote Valmiki Ramayan, but I have not been able to find those references. According to some texts, Shanta was born to Dashrath and Kaushalya around 4449 BC. She was later given away in adoption to the King of Ang, and married to a hermit Rishyashringa later on.It is commendable that with the limited historical references, the author has been successfully able to describe the mental and emotional state of Shanta, her desire to be recognised as a child to her father.A very good short read.

  • Adi Prasanna
    2019-06-02 05:53

    I picked up this short read to just meet Goodreads readers challenge for the year. But disappointed that it ended so soon. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

  • gayatri pattnaik
    2019-05-22 04:09

    Magical God I loved the book...what a narrative way that is magical as well as informative. The first book I read on less known mythological characters

  • Kinshuk Awasthi
    2019-05-23 03:02

    Short, sweet and compelling read.

  • Lakshmi
    2019-05-28 04:07

    Everything has a purpose, the nature has a rhythm. Wonderful short story! Anand neelakantan always amazes me with his thought process.

  • Anantha Narayanan
    2019-06-12 06:09

    A short read, however there is nothing new than what is known about Shanta or Shantala. I at least expected some research about where her story is mentioned in Ramayana, etc. Disappointed that it offers nothing