- 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
- Average Customer Review: 348 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #851 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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Book Name - Sita
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.