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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


About artikabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika co-manages 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 and Daily News and various blogs, such as,,, She is actively involved with SAARC Women's Association of Sri Lanka. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. Her short stories have been published online and she is also working on her own novel. Artika has published My Little Sikh Handbook and is currently working on her second children's book, with Sikhism as its central theme. 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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