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Magical Women

Nominated | Book Awards 2020 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Magical Women

A weaver is initiated into the ancient art of bringing a universe into existence.

Full Title: Magical Women

Author: Sukanya Venkatraghavan
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

A weaver is initiated into the ancient art of bringing a universe into existence. A demon hunter encounters an unlikely opponent. Four goddesses engage in a cosmic brawl. A graphic designer duels with a dark secret involving a mysterious tattoo. A defiant chudail makes a shocking announcement at a kitty party. A puppet seeking adventure discovers who she really is. A young woman's resolute choice leads her to haunt Death across millennia. . .

A compelling collection of stories that speak of love, rage, rebellion, choices and chances, Magical Women brings together some of the strongest female voices in contemporary Indian writing. Combining astounding imagination with superlative craft, these tales will intrigue and delight readers in equal measure.

About the Author: 

Sukanya Venkatraghavan is the author of the fantasy novel Dark Things. She started her film journalism career with Filmfare and was also the entertainment editor at Marie Claire. Sukanya has been part of the creative team, including scripting and research, for shows such as Look Who's Talking With Niranjan (ZEE Cafe), Design HQ Season 2 (Fox Life) and Koffee with Karan (Season 6). She is currently working on her next book.


A book such as this is necessary to reclaim narratives in a world that is afraid “of a female who knows she is powerful”.
Editor Sukanya Venkatraghavan

Fourteen stories that rework myths, foregrounding woman power… Our country is built on millennia of folklore and myths. They are certainly not outdated, but an upgrade — especially one that moves beyond patriarchal narratives — is welcome. That is what Magical Women, an anthology of fantastical and magical short stories by 14 women writers, aspires to do. And given how Herculean that task is, the book has largely succeeded, relying on magical realism, mythical storytelling and tropes of sci-fi.
– The Hindu

Outstanding and important
– Jonathan Strahan

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