Kooni is a hunchback woman and one of Kaikeyi's companions. When Rama was a child he made fun of her deformities and threw clay balls at her, which causes Kooni to harbor ill will towards Rama for the rest of her life. To take revenge, Kooni encourages Kaikeyi to use her promised boons from Dasaratha to banish Rama to the forest for 14 years. She convinces Kaikeyi that if Rama becomes king, he'll treat Kaikeyi badly.
Kooni Quotes in The Ramayana
The The Ramayana quotes below are all either spoken by Kooni or refer to Kooni. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Ramayana published in 2006.).
7. When the Rains Cease Quotes
"Even in jest, do not hurt anyone's feelings, not even the lowliest," he said—remembering how he used to make fun of Kooni's deformity when he was young...
Kooni Character Timeline in The Ramayana
The timeline below shows where the character Kooni appears in The Ramayana. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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