Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik
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|Edition||1st published in 2013|
Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana is an epic story based on the life of India’s most admired prince- ‘Rama’ and his wife ‘Sita’. Ramayana is a mythological story, which is being passed on from past many generations. Since ages, the character that is most emphasized has been that of Rama, who has always been known to keep his word whatever be the circumstances. The role of Sita has been generally overlooked in the past. Sita too is a pivotal character being a single mother; she went through many ups and downs all alone. Still, she has often been portrayed as a frail and meek character.
In the present book, the author has emphasized on this very fact that Sita, though shown as a submissive character, was a woman who had massive strength. In the book, the author has shown Sita’s childhood in a more detailed manner. Her relationship with her father, king Janaka, who was a very sober and spiritual person, Sita’s forest stay with her husband and after that her lone stay, her connection and conversations with the women in Lanka, at the ‘Ashoka Vatika’, the sentiments that were shared amongst them. Also, depicted is her attachment with her sisters, with the trees in the forest, as she loved her life in forest, her bond with the mother earth.
This book has portrayed Sita in a fair and magnanimous way, along with restating the whole story of Ramayana. The book is available in paperback version and can be ordered online on Amazon India.About the author:
Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor in terms of education, a leadership advisor as per profession and a mythologist in terms of enthusiasm. He has, as an author and lecturer, delivered comprehensively on sacred and spiritual tales. He has been collaborating with the publishers Penguin India and their works comprise of The Book of Ram, Myth=Mithya; A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, The Pregnant King, The Book of Kali, Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of The Mahabharata, besides the Devlok series of kids’ tales.