This book has been my slowest read thus far, it took me almost two months to finish. I was little skeptical to start this book as I am not a person who loves history. Regardless, I wanted to know about the character “Sita”, the Warrior.
I have heard people say, that The Ram Chandra series should be read in order – Ram, Sita and Raavan. I would rather recommend that if you really want to know the depth of plot, you should actually start with The Shiva Trilogy and then jump to The Ram Chandra Series. I however, directly started with Sita. So lets begin with the review:
The book begins with a crucial juncture, Jatayu fighting for his life and Sita trying to save him from the Lankan army like a salient warrior from the bushes.
The book gets really interesting as Sita comes to age. The stories of her Gurukul days, where, Sita slam-dunks a boy who lands in gurukul auralay (hospital), resulting in her getting trained in non-violence and impulse control training. And this only helps that now she, instead of hitting, shouted at the boy, which were enough to make him burst into tears. This made me laugh and I re-read it multiple times.
I really liked the profound interactions that Sita had with her mother, Sunaina, a soul touching moment between a mother and her child. I felt that the life lessons taught by Sunaina(mother) are for everyone and not only Sita, especially the story about elephant. My personal favorite was the whispers Sunaina passed on to Sita “Society moves on, my child, Countries move on. Life moves on. As it should be.”
The book slows down, when Sita starts her travel, to pursue training to become “Vishnu”. But it again catches pace, when Ram enters her life in the swayamvar plotted by her, for her, how she tries to help Ram prepare for the swayamvar. Ram being an ideal man, refuses to listen to Sita.
The book also talks about, the various adventures of Ram and Sita, during their exile. It also brings in the famous festival of “Jalikattu”.
The book ending is a real twisted tale of honesty and betrayal. I had to re-read the last page of the book to get over it.
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