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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 ”
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