- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin India; 1st published in 2013 edition (20 October 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143064320
- ISBN-13: 978-0143064329
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana Paperback – Illustrated, 20 Oct 2013
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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
Fantastic read. If you read it with soul and emotion and not like some "Hindu" scripture, and just like a novel, you will surely be touched and might even have watery eyes at some places in this epic of wisdom and logic. My only message to the readers is, people, buy it. It is a treasure chest for a successful and peaceful life ahead and a healthy human psychology if you understood Pattanaik's perspective. Well, It's all about perspective, isn't it. A famous line from this book, --Bharat Aswal on Dec 10, 2013
About the Author
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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Devdutt Pattanaik's books are well-known in India. His style of storytelling is mesmerising; his knowledge of Indian mythology is erudite. Not only that, he thoroughly studied different Ramayanas spoken in India and abroad, and interpreted them in a contemporary style and easy language. This is not an easy thing. He provides open-ended explanations of every incident in the epic. His purpose is not to glorify Ram or what is called Hindutva today -- he reveals the inner beauty of a story that is enriched by the storytellers and scholars of an entire nation. Even the later modifications and inclusions in the epic evokes awe and amazement. Devdutt has very successfully done that. This is useful not only for an interested general reader, but also for a researcher of Indian mythology or ancient cultural studies. I would recommend this book as another Indian classic.
My Rating for this book is 5/5
Book Cover - 4/5
Narration and conceptualisation - 4.5/5
A highly recommended book.
Sita, an illustrated retelling of the Ramayana, is a masterfully written book. And before we start discussing about this topic I wanna recommend this awesome book to all the Indian readers who haven't read this piece yet.
Ramayana, The story of Ram and Sita. It's the story which majority of the Indians are familiar with. It's the story which gives comfort in turbulent times, it's the story which inspired innumerable number of people in India. It's the story which make you realize to find the great potential inside you.
So, let's start with some basic questions. Who was ram? Who was sita? Who composed this story? And what's the similarities between the Ramayana and Mahabharata?
Ram was the king of ayodhya and he was born to Dashratha and kaushalya. He was from the ikshvaku dyansty. He belongs to the Raghu kul.
Ram was considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu on Earth. Shri ram was also known as Maryada purshottam.
Sita was the wife of Shri Ram, daughter of Janaka, princess of mithila and queen of ayodhya.
The composition of Ramayana was attributed to a man by the name of Valmiki. Although, we have to keep in mind that there are lots of versions and retellings of Ramayana, but the Ramayana written by Valmiki in sanskrit language is given preference over others.
There are lots of similarities between the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
First , In both the epics the war was fought because of the female protagonist.
Second, both the epics revolves around the family and their kins.
Third, both the epics tells that lust, greed and unethical behaviour can destroy anyone.
Fourth, the protagonists of both the epics were considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu on Earth, in the Ramayana it was Shri ram, and in the Mahabharata it was shri krishna.
And most importantly both the epics end with the transmission of knowledge.
I will end with these lines :-
Your truth, my truth, and finding solace in that truth is the essence of hinduism. This religion of ours is not about self-proclaimed god-men and god-women, these people exploit the innocent. Beware of them. Do your own research, discover yourself and try to find the infinite potential inside you. And always try to ignore those who don't have any expertise or knowledge but still they consider themselves as an intellectual.
My Ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
I hope you like this, thanks for reading, Jai Hind.
Top international reviews
The beauty of the writing is in its simple narration yet hard-hitting rationale, in-depth analysis of characters, their roles and exploits and the significance of events and milestones in shaping the destiny of a civilization as it grows, and leaving in its wake, a rich treasure trove of wisdom, encouragement and inspiration.
Coming to the picture work, I would have preferred the ones by Bapu ( aTelugu Artist known for his Ramabhakti)
I would like the kindle version to have a justified text not just centre aligned.
However it didn't come through as well as "Jaya" the author's similar work on the other great epic ' Mahabharat'. But then I have always been more partial to Mahabharat than to Ramayana :-) .
Thank you Devdutt patnaik ji, for this amazing book which gave me lot of strength and also amazon and kindle :) :)
Ramayana in a different narrative, less of spirituality and more of ?logic.
Looks at Ramayana from a different perspective - a third person's view.
Includes view point of other Ramayanas as well.
The point on multiple version of Ramayanas is so much more revealing as how different faith n culture views the same story and philosophy.... cheers!!!