Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana

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An epic tale of the life of India's most revered prince - Rama', the Ramayana' is a mythological story passed on from generations to generations. While most of the emphasis on the tale has been on Rama', a prince known for keeping his word above everything, a person with the title of ekam-patni-vrata that is, devoted to a single wife, the depth of one of the most pivotal character Sita' is often ignored. Often seen as a weak and submissive character, the role of Sita in the Ramayana is underestimated most of the time. Through the book Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana, the author gives a profound insight into the journey of Sita in the Ramayana. The author retells the Ramayana and throws more light into the fact that Sita, though submissive, was a woman with immense strength on the inside. This book approaches Ram by speculating on Sita: her childhood with her father, Janaka, who was a host to the sages mentioned in the Upanishads; her stay in the forest with her husband during the 14 years of exile, the fact that she had to practice celibacy while she was in the prime of her youth; her interactions with the women of Lanka, the recipes she exchanged, the emotions they shared; her connection with the earth, her mother and with the trees, her sisters; her role as the Goddess, the untamed Kali as well as the demure Gauri, in transforming the stoic prince of Ayodhya into a God.

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For those who are interested in Indian mythology, this book is a must read. Devdutt Pattanaik has done very good work. I will not comment on how true the book is to the different versions of the Ramayana since I am not an expert. However, the writing style is captivating. --By Aditya on 2 November 2013

Devdutt's Sita is neither Ram's Trophy nor is a victim of Raavan, She is a mighty powerhouse on her own, willingly contained within the royal rules she decided to follow. Her characterization is the one we call an empowered woman, now. She was learned, lovable, affectionate, dutiful, with strong sense of reasoning, and is well aware of her capabilities. She is more than willing to accept her destiny and sharing her credit with her husband's to make him outgrow the societal implications, She was complete and wished to compliment Ram as a dedicated lover. She was the power --By krishna thota on 19 March 2014

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About the Author: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian author who worked for about 14 years in the Pharma and the Healthcare industry before trying his hand in writing. He is also a leadership consultant and a mythologist and most of his books are based on mythology. His other works include Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, The Pregnant King and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of The Mahabharata.

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