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Sita by Devdutt Pattanaik


What Devdutt Pattanaik has done, is take mythology and give it to the masses today in a form that suits today’s analytical, questioning and always deconstructing mind.

Many of us have grown up watching Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana and have always questioned silently why Sita was not strong enough to speak up against the injustice meted out to her by Maryada Purshottam Ram.

Devdutt Pattanaik’s Sita, is a retelling of the Ramayana and the many versions that have been written in different times in different places, in a manner where each event is looked at in it’s entirety. How convincing it is, depends on the sentiments of the readers. However, it is interesting enough to keep you hooked on till the very end.

The Uttara- Ramayana section brings forth the freer, maturer and the stronger Sita. “Ram is God; he abandons no one. And I am Goddess; I cannot be abandoned by anyone. Ram is dependable, hence God. I am independent, hence Goddess. He needs to do his duty, follow rules, and safeguard reputation. I am under no such obligation. I am free to do as I please ”

Rating 4/5



Devdutt Pattanaik

Published by Penguin India

328 pages


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Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on September 14, 2014 by in Book Reviews, Mythology, Non Fiction and tagged , .
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