TOP 5 INDIAN MYTHOLOGY BOOKS YOU MUST CHECK OUT!

Hi! Today we will be talking about an interesting topic. Mythology. I always am ready to listen to folklore, myths and tales. Simply because find Myths to be striking. Mythologies are a collection of myths of particular cultures and religions. Myths we’re recorded as human beings started to have manuscripts.

Myths and legends were created as humans mastered the way of writing. Myths mostly discuss the relationship between God and humans. It dealt with questions like who are deities? How the world was created? The righteousness and the unethical aspects.

Hindu Mythology is also cited as Hindu Mythology. Indian mythology includes Buddhist, Sikhism, Jainism, etc… Mythology plays an important role as it is the core of culture and religion. Another reason is the battle of good and evil, which helps us to learn, discover and comprehend the way of living.

When we discuss Hindu Mythology, the popular tales are of Ramayana and Mahabaratha. Apart from that, we have tons of myths. Hindus worship numerous deities. Authors are retelling the myths in a fascinating, thought-provoking way.

Top Indian Authors who write with Modern Ingredients

  • Kavita Kane
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Amish Tripathi
  • Dr Devdutt Pattanaik
  • Aditi Banerjee

Top 5 Indian Mythology Books to Read

AHALYA’S AWAKENING BY KAVITA KANÉ

“You know you are very beautiful.”
‘But where is my achievement in that?’ Ahalya asked, with genuine puzzlement. “It’s not my talent; it’s God’s gift.”

Kavita Kane is known for her modern twist. Ahalya is a character in the epic Ramayana, we don’t get to see much about her. A sheltered princess then a loving wife of Rishi Gautam. Her tale is the play of destiny and fate. It retells the patriarchal society which exist even today.

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RAMCHANDRAN TRILOGY by AMISH TRIPATHI

“A leader must love his country more than he loves his own soul.

Amish Tripathi is famous for his remarkable detailing of characters in his book. The characteristics of his works are written from outstanding perspectives. Sita was known to be a woman who suffered in silence but here she is portrayed as fierce, strong administrator and warrior.

The light has been shed on Ravana too. In his work, he gives voice to Ravana’s aspect. He is someone who will kill without guilt. Is he a villain?

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THE FOREST OF ENCHANTMENT by CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI

I couldn’t control what was done to me. But my response to it was in my control.”

I would say it’s a masterpiece and a must-read. We get to know Sita’s POV, it’s a delightful piece of work. Sita is stated to be the epitome of values and a warrior. The cover looks stunning!

The values of Ramayana are infused in our lives. This book will mould our perspective.

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JAYA by DEVDUTT PATTANAIK

“Refusal to accept the flow of the world is the root of all misery.”

A compelling retelling of the epic Mahabharata. The doorkeeper of Vaikuntha is a twin Jaya and Vijaya. The difference between them is what we need to solve the mystery of the epic. The tale is said with simplicity and clarity.

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THE CURSE OF GANDHARI by ADITI BANERJEE

The book is a retelling of Gandhari’s fate. We get to see the tale through Gandhari’s eyes. It is a fascinating story about how she shaped the epic. Her dedication towards her vow is striking. After being married to a blind prince, she stayed blindfolded for life. Most stories haven’t described her in detail, unlike this one.

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These are the books I would say one must read to re-shape their perspectives if required. The stories are captivating. Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

Common Menstruation Myths in India

What is Menstruation?

Menstruation is a natural phenomenon particular to women. It is a part of the women’s reproductive cycle and this cycle occurs at the onset of puberty. During menstruation, blood and tissues of the uterus is discharged from the vagina that lasts for 3 to 6 days.

Despite being a natural process, menstruation is highly stigmatized. Merely pronouncing the word ‘Menstruation’ which is commonly known as periods is considered as a taboo. This natural, biological process is trapped in myths which directly or indirectly create obstacles in the socio – cultural life of women. A menstruating woman is treated like an impure and unwanted being. The taboos regarding menstruation has been circulated from one generation to another since a very long time and unfortunately even now, people still have misconceptions regarding this natural process.

Common myths regarding Menstruation

1. MYTH – A menstruating woman cannot enter a place of worship.

FACT – Menstruation is purely biological and has nothing to do with religion.

2. MYTH – Menstrual blood is impure.

FACT – Menstrual blood is not impure. It is the blood that sheds from the lining of the uterus when the egg is not fertilized during the menstrual cycle.

3. MYTH – A menstruating woman is not allowed to enter into the kitchen and are also not allowed to touch pickles.

FACT – In the earlier days, women during their periods used cloth which was extremely unhygienic that led to many dieseases and infections. In that case, it was not preferred for a bleeding woman to enter into the kitchen and touch pickles or any other things in the kitchen. But now when women are using sanitary pads during their periods which is safe, it doesn’t lead to dieseases and infections and this is why there is no need to impose such restrictions.

4. MYTH – A menstruating woman should not come into contact with any family members because she is considered to be in an impure state.

FACT – Because menstruation is a biological phenomenon, there is no way that a woman can be considered to be impure. There is no harm if she come into contact with her family members when she is on her periods.

5. MYTH – Women on their periods should not go near plants as it will kill the plants.

FACT – Plants survive on sunlight, water, manure and good care and their lifespan is not effected if someone goes near them.

6. MYTH – A menstruating woman should refrain from engaging in physical activities like exercise.

FACT – Engaging in physical activities does not harm a menstruating woman rather it helps them to get rid of menstrual cramps.

7. MYTH – There is nothing like PMS.(Pre Menstrual Syndrome)

FACT – PMS is a real thing. A woman on her periods often goes through mixed emotional feelings, anxiety, gets disturbed at little issues etc. Women should consult a doctor if they face these conditions severely during their periods.

8. MYTH – A woman on her periods should not take bath or wash her hair

FACT – It is completely safe for women to take bath during periods. In fact, it is essential for a woman to keep herself clean and maintain hygiene when she is in her periods.

9. MYTH – A woman on her periods should not indulge in sexual activities.

FACT – There is no health problem associated with indulging in sexual activities when a woman is on her periods.

10. MYTH – Do not talk about periods publicly.

FACT – Young girls should be educated about their bodily changes and menstruation right before the time they attain puberty. Also, there is nothing to be embarrassed to talk about periods openly rather it is important to create awareness among people regarding this natural process to swipe away taboos.

Myths relating to menstruation effect a woman’s mental, social and emotional state. Adolescent girls should be made aware of menstrual health and they should be educated enough to distinguish between myths and facts. Awareness should be created among people regarding menstruation so that people stop believing in myths that will help in improving the reproductive health of women.

Misconceptions about weight training in India

Weight training is the best way to get your body in shape and increasing its size, there is a saying that every good thing comes with a price. In India, there are so many myths or misconceptions about weight training that teens shouldn’t do it, it can affect their body growth. People see whey protein and Other supplementation as steroids and people think that a good physique can’t be achieved without injecting something into your body. This topic is one of the most misguided topics in India because people don’t talk or discuss this topic but some people are trying to create awareness about this topic through social media and using the Internet.

There are many fitness influencers, fitness athletes and bodybuilders who trying to share their knowledge and experiences with people all over the internet trying their level best to create awareness about bodybuilding and the fitness industry, they are trying hard to create awareness about steroids and how bad it can be for your body. Many people don’t have patience and want to achieve results in just 1 -2 months but they don’t know it takes year’s to make a good physique naturally many gym trainers give wrong advice to their client. Injecting steroids into your body is harmful neither it gives you a good physique nor makes you a healthy person and it is not advisable for everyone it’s only for some professional bodybuilders who compete in bodybuilding championship and they also take it under the guidance of an experienced doctor. Everyone has a different body that reacts to things differently many people have lost their lives because of taking the wrong dosage it’s never advised to take it without guidance and many bodybuilders are also natural and there are so many campaigns going on for making India drug free. In the long terms, steroids results in many chronic infections and have many side effects on your body as well.

People in India are so misguided that they don’t know the difference between supplements and steroids people think multivitamins and whey protein are also steroids or bad for the body. People need to study and gain some information about this sector, especially in India. whey protein is made out of milk so it is a milk product and it is used for hitting the daily protein goal easily without actually increasing the number of unwanted calories and multivitamins are important for maintaining a balanced diet. Your daily protein requirement can not be completed by only your normal diet so, people take the help of supplementation for making it convenient for them.

There is a real big myth in many countries that weight training affects the growth in height. Many countries have now stopped believing in such things because earlier a study showed it compresses your spine for a really short period and the spine can easily take that kind of compressions and it has to do nothing with your height. Please stop thinking and worrying about your height many studies have also shown that the best age for starting weight training is 14 to 16 years because at this time body can recover the damage at a much faster pace which will result in fast results.