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Vaishnavi Patel

Autor(a) de Kaikeyi

2+ Works 932 Membros 20 Reviews

Obras de Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi (2022) 910 cópias
Goddess of the River (2024) 22 cópias

Associated Works

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume One (2020) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
USA (birth)
Local de nascimento
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locais de residência
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Lucienne Driver
Pequena biografia
Vaishnavi Patel is a law student focusing on constitutional law and civil rights. She likes to write at the intersection of Indian myth, feminism, and anti-colonialism. Her short stories can be found in The Dark and 87 Bedford’s Historical Fantasy Anthology along with a forthcoming story in Helios Quarterly. She was also a Pitch Wars class of 2019 mentee. Vaishnavi grew up in and around Chicago, and in her spare time, enjoys activities that are almost stereotypically Midwestern: knitting, ice skating, drinking hot chocolate, and making hotdish. Website



Thank you to NetGalley and Redhook Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Pub Date: May 21, 2024

Another wonderful book by Vaishnavi Patel. I know very little to nothing of Indian mythology but I love learning about it through her books. Her writing style really pulls me in and she has such beautiful descriptions. If you like mythology retellings I definitely recommend picking this up!
Fatula | May 26, 2024 |
"Before this story was Rama's, it was mine."
I loved this debut novel by Vaishnavi Patel. It's my favorite so far this year!! It is a retelling of the Ramayana from a woman's perspective. Kaikeyi, the independent warrior radnyi banishes her stepson, Rama into the forest. This ultimately helps him achieve his destiny- to rid the world of evil. In the meantime, Kaikeyi is forever labeled "the jealous stepmother". But what if this banishment was done out of love? This is Kaikeyi's story. Some of the important themes are the perspective of history, that is: women's place in history and society, and how that change can cause a backlash from more conservative minds, as well as motherhood, responsibility, agency, and fate.

"Those who are good always wonder if there was a better way, a way that could have helped more and hurt less." Kaikeyi p. 409
It also inspired me to learn more about the great Hindu epic, The Ramayana, as well as the traditions, food, and honorifics mentioned in the book. That is what makes a novel great- it teaches through imagination. This did just that. In addition, it was a magical, well-written book.
Ms. Patel is a law student and first-time novelist. I hope she plans to write more books!
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Chrissylou62 | outras 18 resenhas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Mostly audio

I really enjoyed this. I didn’t know a thing about the Ramayana before this so the entire story was new to me and I enjoyed it as a pure fairytale. I’m excited to find out more about the traditional telling and learn some more about the Hindu gods.

hmonkeyreads | outras 18 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |
I liked this book, it's based on a mythical story I'm not familiar with, so it feels a bit like a fairy tale. The story is nice, the main character has the lofty ideal of wanting to help women become more equal, and it's an easy read.
It could perhaps have been great, but it lacks depth. It feels a bit young adult, with problems posed and resolved within a few pages without any poignancy. It is not as immersive as I would have liked, both in world building and in characters. And while it did not bother me enough to be truly frustrating, I do think that questionable morals are not always out not sufficiently called out on the part of the main character. She is quick enough to see her son's manipulation as immoral, but her own is apparently no problem. When she selfishly breaks a bond early on, she makes no effort to restore it, and doesn't seem particularly bothered with it.… (mais)
zjakkelien | outras 18 resenhas | Jan 2, 2024 |


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