Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
The One Who Had Two Lives | HarperCollins
The tale of Amba-Ambika-Ambalika, and that of Shikhandi, are among the most enticing of the Mahabharata—that supremely capacious of epics. In this age of mining it for retellings, Madhavan adopts a first-person voice for intimacy, ploughing the inner lives of Amba and Shikhandi. The result is finely drawn characters who drive the narratives, though more could have been done on vivifying an imagined ancientness.