5/5 - (2 votes)

Author: Amreeta SyamA sample cover of the book: mauve coloured handloom sari with gold embossed nameplate and lettering for the title and author's name. The border of the sari lines the right hand margin of the cover.
Pages: 142
Year of Publication: 1992
Price: Rs 120
81-7189-327-9 (8171893279)

About the Book
In her preface to the book, Syam writes:

“Kaikeyi. The vamp of the Ramayana. The wicked in contrast to the two good queens – Kaushalya and Sumitra. But so interesting. Not totally black nor fully white but a character in shades of grey. So human. Not perfect. A warm-hearted, complex woman.

Kaikeyi is a work of imagination. It is not based on historical facts nor completely on the Ramayana. It is only when events fit this fascinating woman that they are brought into sharp focus.

I wanted to make Ayodhya into a mere background for Kaikeyi. But the city became a character – as jealous and as wilful as Queen Kaikeyi herself.

Kaikeyi. Gentle, stubborn, arrogant, confused. A woman bent on getting her own way even if it ultimately destroys her happiness.”


  • Ramanjaneya

    I have not read a simpler, more convincing narrative. Explains the character, actions, motivations of Kaikeyi without demonizing or eulogising one of the most hated women of the Ramayana. In a few short verses, Amreeta Syam has done a stellar job of explaining (not justifying), Dasharatha, Kaikeyi and Rama. A refreshing, enlightening read. Thank you Writers Workshop for bringing this gem to the readers.

    • shuktara

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this book! It’s a joy to have readers like you. Thank you also for always supporting our work.


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