Monday, March 27, 2017

Shakti #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

After much second guessing, here it is - I take on April A-Z challenge this year and bring to you, 26 short stories based on the female characters from Indian mythology. Now, my knowledge on Indian mythology is very limited - stories I've heard from my grandparents, the retelling of the epic Ramayana and Mahabharata I've read and seen, the rituals I've observed during festivals - all have left a impression on me since childhood.

Growing up I was never self-conscious of being a Hindu. Yes, I learnt the Hanuman chalisa by heart and every Tuesday during my summer holidays, I went with my Nanaji to the Hanuman Setu in Lucknow and helped serve water and prasad; till date I can recite shlokas in Tamil fluently, which were taught to me by an aunt who lived nearby our house in Annanagar, Chennai; and mythological stories that came from Amar Chitra Katha and few teleserials fascinated me to no end. At the same time, I went to a missionary school and sang hymns at school assemblies with joy, visited Nizamuddin Dargah with my parents and immersed in the soulful qawwals of the dargah, marveled at the beautiful churches and basilicas of Goa when vacationing.

Writing these stories on Indian mythology are a way to understand the human conditions, the human dilemmas, to introspect and question once again, what we perceive as right or wrong. I am sure anyone who has heard stories about Lord Ram and Lord Krishna have questioned, Why did Ram, the righteous Lord, the 'Maryada Purushottama', abandon Sita? or Why did Krishna, the inclusive leader, the perfect Statesman, adopt unfair means that went against 'Dharma Yuddha'?

The quest for knowledge (Saraswati), power (Durga) and wealth (Lakshmi) is what our society revolves around and what better way to understand this than to look into the stories of Shakti.

Focusing on the female narrative is important to uncover the layers and bring out the essence of life. So join me through April , and see the stories unfold.

P.S. I am trying to schedule my posts beforehand but till now I only have three stories written, so let's see how this goes. But I am hoping like my first time, in 2014, the rush and the deadline of writing every day pushes me to complete this challenge successfully, and leads me to a second published book.


  1. It is a great theme Aditi. I am already looking forward to read your posts. Its my first time, so I am nervous. All the best to you :)

  2. I ABSOLUTELY adore your theme! added to my must read list of AtoZ blogs! even if u are a day or 2 behind, don't worry! we are waiting to read your posts :) Good Luck!
    Ishieta from

  3. I will be stopping by, also. Nothing wrong with being a "pantser". Thank you for stopping by my blog for the A to Z Challenge. The Unknown Journey ahead

  4. Love your theme! Adding it pronto to my reading list. I am Indian mythologically challenged but would definitely love to up my knowledge.
    #AtoZChallenge 2017 @NamySaysSo: Women & their Work

  5. This sounds really interesting - and I might actually learn a little bit about Indian culture in the process Aditi. I'll be back in April to check it out.
    Leanne | cresting the hill

  6. This sounds really interesting. It's always good to learn a little bit more about other cultures and through stories is a great way of sharing

  7. Your topic sounds interesting and like a learning opportunity for many of us - I'll check back!

    Andrea on A Journey To Courageous Living. I'm on twitter often, let's connect: @missandi0623.

  8. Hey! This sounds like a great theme. Being I'm completely clueless about all of this, I should learn a lot :)

    I told myself I'd write my fiction pieces in advance, but I haven't written any yet, so this should be yet another stressful A to Z! lol

    The Cryton Chronicles

  9. Love your theme. Indian historical epics are my favourite. Will look forward to your posts.

  10. Congratulations on such a wonderful theme Aditi....I love Indian Epics.For me they are more than myths.
    Now, hopping over your stories one at a time ...Happy blogging :)

  11. Very interesting premise Aditi - looking forward ot it all. Loved the few I read so far!!

    Theme: Peregrination Chronicles (travel)
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