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Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana Kindle Edition
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Print length : 340 pages
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- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (20 October 2013)
- ASIN : B06XYPVGLV
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- Language: : English
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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.
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
THIS BOOK REVIEW IS ONLY BASED ON MY FEELINGS DURING READING THE BOOK. IT DOES NOT INTENT TO HURT ANYONE’S FEELINGS, AND DOES NOT MEANT TO COMPARE WITH ANY OTHER REVIEWER’S FEELINGS.
“I’ve got few questions. Are you ready to answer??????”
Ram is called Maryada Puroshottam, but supporting the wrong demands of his step-mother, was it actually a Dharma?
Abandoning your own wife, to keep the Scion out of controversy from the society, do not you have any responsibility towards your family?
Lakhsman kept his wife remain in place during the exile for fourteen years. Don’t you have any responsibility towards your wife too?
Lakhsman killed Indrajit during his Yagna. Is not it beyond the rules of Dharma?
Well, There are many questions like these can come to a reader’s mind when he goes through the Ramayana. The epic, to me, seems to be pure representation of Patriarchal society prevailing in India. Yet SITA is called the Ideal woman. So in terms of Early Indian society, a woman must only dutiful to her father’s family first, then to her husbands, try to keep her husband always happy, to keep her husband’s family have to sacrifice herself etc. Is not it kind of a Bonded Labor system?
Ramayana, the first epic of the Indian subcontinent, retold for generations in thousands of languages, read in the faraway lands, is truly considered a holy book for the Hindus. Lord RAMA, his wife SITA, and their disciple HANUMAN are more than GOD, they are their religion. However when sage Valmiki first wrote the book or when the story was first spreading throughout the land from around 500 BCE these characters were just the heroes of the book, no devotional angel was behind their name. But during the Islamic Revolution from 1000 CE onward, the characters started getting a devotional angel.
From then the stories were re-written in many languages, stories added and removed, but one common theme always remained; Ram is Maryada Purushottam, for him the Dharma is the highest virtue, for him to keep his father’s words he exiled himself to the forest for fourteen years denouncing the claim of the throne, he abandons his wife so keep the purity of his family, for him, his subjects are more important than his family etc.
In most of the books, Ramayana is told from the point of view Rama. But here the author told the story from the point of view of SITA and Hanuman. Raising few questions as I have mentioned earlier, and tried to explain it in some manner. But to me the questions still remains, which this book fails to give the answer. And
My Rating is 4.0/5.0.
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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.