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.”