Ratnakar is your average family man, with goals and aspirations that he hopes to achieve. He lives with the perception that life must go a certain way. One day, he fights with his wife and leaves the house in a huff. He decides to drive down to his farmhouse. Enough time passes, and his wife doesn’t call him. Ratnakar is furious that she’s done nothing to pacify him.
Out of nowhere, a transition to an ancient era takes him back to Valmiki’s time. Suddenly, he is Valmiki, and he is Ratnakar – the dacoit before he turned into Valmiki.
The time-warp journey takes him right out of the era of iPads and laptops, straight into a time of Ashrams and mythology in action. Ratnakar brings back a valuable lesson from an ancient era. He realises the importance of respecting women, and in cherishing the truth of the Ramayana as it was, when it was first written.
Convent educated Prasanthi Pothina always had a passion for the English language since childhood. Being a homemaker with two boys of her own and also assisting in her husband’s graphic studio, her passion for writing found fruition when she published her first book, a compilation of 15 short stories. Encouraged by her mother, who always prodded her towards achieving her dreams, she has now ventured into writing her first full length novel, “A Cup of Tea with Valmiki”. She now treads a path onto greener pastures.
Prasanthi Pothina is a resident of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.