ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Saiswaroopa Iyer is an Indian author known for her mythological works.
Iyer has an MBA from IIT Kharagpur and was an investment professional before becoming a full-time author. Her notable works include Abhaya, Avishi, Draupadi, Mauri, and Rukmini. She also conducts mentorship programs for aspiring writers and is a trained Carnatic classical singer.
Iyer lives in Bengaluru.
Saiswaroopa Iyer’s Rukmini: Krishna’s Wife is a mythological-fiction that delves into the life of Rukmini, the most beloved consort of Krishna.
The story follows the journey of Rukmini from her sheltered upbringing in the royal household of Vidarbha to her fateful encounter with Lord Krishna and their married life.
The novel portrays Rukmini’s strength, intelligence, and unwavering devotion to Krishna. It explores her struggles and sacrifices as she navigates the complexities of a patriarchal society and fends off family opposition to her decision to marry Krishna. The story also delves into the dynamics of Krishna’s relationships with His other consorts and the challenges they face as they strive to find their place in His heart.
As the story progresses, readers witness Rukmini’s tremendous personal growth, her courage in standing up to injustice, and her unswerving faith in Krishna’s divine mission.
WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT RUKMINI: KRISHNA’S WIFE
The book provides valuable cultural and spiritual insights into Krishna’s teachings and the philosophy of devotion.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT RUKMINI: KRISHNA’S WIFE
Rukmini: Krishna’s Wife is a brave attempt to offer a fresh perspective on one of Hinduism’s most iconic personalities, Lord Krishna.
However, the pace of the novel fluctuates immensely, with the slower moments focusing on its characters’ thoughts and emotions. The plot doesn’t develop as one would expect it to; it is far from a well-knit story line, resulting in moments of lethargic narrative progression. To add to this, some of the descriptions used in the book seem unnecessary. These only make the story distasteful and unappealing.
The main theme of the novel is the romantic bond between Rukmini and Krishna. While their love story is portrayed with sincerity, this amorous aspect overshadows other potential dimensions of Rukmini’s multi-faceted personality.
After arriving at the Panchala camp, Draupadi patted Rukmini’s arm, admiring her lone fight for what was right. ‘Remember Rukmini, you have a sister in Panchala, in case I can be of any help in your fight. Small or big, any help.’
Involuntarily, her hand patted his knee and his held hers. Almost like he knew what her heart felt for him. Just that he showed no response other than the grateful acknowledgement.
Like who could actually control him. Could she tell him to forget all about Draupadi’s swayamavara? Could she be the compassionate elder sister to Bhadra and Mitravinda and convince Krishna to marry them as well?
With due respect to the author, Ameya wouldn’t recommend Rukmini: Krishna’s Wife to its readers. The book leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to its story line. Unfortunately, it clearly lacks the elements needed to captivate readers and is consequently best skipped.
A proverbial bookworm, Anusuya is always hungry for new stories and adventures.