Asst .Professor

REVA University




Mythological stories have always fore grounded masculine powers through their male- centred narratives. Against the background of such predominantly male –centric discourse, Sharath Kommaraju’s novel The Winds of Hastinapur breaks this stereotype. It is interesting as well as significant that Kommaraju’s work presents a feminine perspective. Revisionist mythmaking brings to fore women’s perspectives to subvert patriarchal values.[1] They reassess and reconstruct the images of women in a contemporary light. Such re interpretative mythmaking is exemplified in the journey of Satyavati by laying bare her mind and her private life. In the process, Satyavati emerges from the margins as a fiercely independent woman in pursuit of a life that she visualises, and breaks several stereotypes. This paper is an attempt to trace her life on feminist lines, as a free-willed, unafraid, sexually assertive woman choosing to live her life on her terms. Being in control of her life, she weaves a pattern of life that she wishes to and crafts her life her way. Satyavati embodies a truly empowered woman rising from being ignored and marginalised onto becoming the Queen of Hastinapur. .

Keywords: Satyavati, revisionist, mythmaking, feminine, feminist, patriarchy.

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Margins and Beyond: Satyavati’s Feminist Journey towards Empowerment in Sharath Kommaraju’s ‘The Winds of Hastinapur.