Urnabhih: Chanakya’s Scribe
Sumedha V Ojha
Misrakesi, Acharya Chanakya’s scribe in the Mauryan Palace, part of the royal administration; Misrakesi, with
child, carrying the future Senapati of the Mauryans; Misrakesi, the new wife, trying to fit into one of the most
powerful families in the kingdom while battling both assassins and more intimate threats to her own happiness
with Pushyamitra. This is the new reality of the dancing girl from Ujjain, who had first come to this city of
secrets with only revenge on her mind. In this sequel to Urnabhih, book one, Misrakesi finds herself vulnerable
at the centre of a political chakravyuh. Her child, her husband, her family, and her very existence all seem to be
pawns in an unseen but lethal game of power swirling around her.
Sumedha Verma Ojha, Geneva based historian and author, was born in Patna. She is a 1992 batch IRS officer who switched careers in 2014. Sumedha brings ancient India alive with books and documentaries based on the Mauryans. Her English translation of the Valmiki Ramayan was published in 2016 and she is currently writing a book on the women of ancient India.