ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kavita Kané is a bestselling author known for her revolutionary contributions to Indian writing, particularly in the realm of mythology and feminism. With six novels under her belt, Kané has highlighted the stories of lesser-known women from Indian mythology. Her notable works include Karna’s Wife (2013), Sita’s Sister (2014), Menaka’s Choice (2015), Lanka’s Princess (2016), The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty (2017), Ahalya’s Awakening (2019), and her latest work, Sarasvati’s Gift (2021).
A former journalist, Kané transitioned into full-time writing after achieving post-graduate degrees in English literature, mass communication, and journalism. After two decades of experience at Magna Publishing, DNA, and The Times of India, she dedicated herself entirely to writing.
Kané’s creative pursuits extend beyond writing. She is passionate about theater, cinema, and art. As a columnist, screenplay writer, and motivational speaker, she shares her insights and perspectives at educational institutions, research forums, corporate events, management conferences, and literary festivals nationwide.
Sarasvati’s Gift is a captivating exploration of the multifaceted character of Goddess Sarasavati. This compelling read sheds light on her often overlooked attributes, presenting her as a powerful figure who defies societal norms. Known as the embodiment of art, music, and knowledge, Sarasvati’s role as the river goddess also stands highlighted.
The author has presented Sarasvati as an inspiration for modern feminists, highlighting her independent nature. The Goddess is someone who is not afraid to challenge conformity, power dynamics, and chauvinism. Breaking away from conventional notions, Sarasvati defies the traditional ideals of marriage and motherhood. Instead, her relationship with Brahma is portrayed as a tumultuous yet mutually beneficial connection, symbolizing the dynamic interplay between creation, creativity, and the creator.
WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT SARASVATI’S GIFT
Sarasvati’s Gift is an absolute page-turner written in elegant, sophisticated English.
Kané has adopted a feminist perspective to unravel the mythological, philosophical, and logical foundations surrounding Sarasvati. This women-centric viewpoint makes perfect sense and offers a refreshingly new take on familiar figures. The book delves deep into various Hindu concepts, such as nadis (energy channels), purush (the divine male energy), shakti (the divine feminine energy), and their casual relationships. It also provides valuable insights into the chronology of events, adding depth to readers’ understanding of the legend of Sarasvati.
Sarasvati’s Gift is a thought-provoking exploration of Sarasvati’s story, unraveling the complexities of her character and reclaiming her significance in contemporary times. Through meticulous research and a fresh, feminist perspective, Kané compels readers to re-imagine and appreciate this extraordinary Goddess’ profound wisdom and relevance.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT SARASVATI’S GIFT
It is debatable as to how much creative liberty should be exercised with historical and religious figures. Debasing Hindu deities by presenting them as mundane beings and talking about their scandals and amorous interactions is something that the author could have avoided.
To this day, Devi Sarasvati, you refuse to be tamed, free and flowing!
You are that goddess who refuses to be confined by a temple roof over her
head. That is why we worship you as a river, the flow of human thought and
When I first created the Universe, I was very pleased with myself and decided to
see the whole world with my own eyes and set out on my journey. But what
I saw was a beautiful world, serene—but so silent! Everything and
everyone on Earth appeared lonely. I was forced to realize that what I had
created was incomplete. I felt lost. After I created the cosmic Universe, I
realized that it lacked form, concept and order. And from this state of mind emerged you—Sarasvati. My Brahmi, the energy wisdom of Brahma.
All Man has to do is realize and understand that it is more fulfilling to bathe in the three scared rivers within him—the ‘streams’—the nadis: Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. Or the Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati within his body—the three energy pathways, through which prana—the life force—circulates as streams.
Sarasvati’s Gift has an appetizing narrative and plenty of references, making it an excellent mythological read. That said, readers with cultural and religious sensitivities might not enjoy this book due to the author’s presentation of our Gods and Goddesses.
A reverential admirer of words, Madhu loves watching them weave their bewitching magic on cozy afternoons.