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After the Fun in Devlok series and Pashu, comes The Girl Who Chose, the story of Sita. As it says on the cover, this is Devdutt Pattanaik’s way of narrating the Ramayana. This new book by our favourite mythologist, not only brings Sita to the forefront, it also narrates the tale in an appealing manner.’…in the din of Ravana’s cruelty and Ram’s valour, something is often overlooked- the story of Sita, the girl who chose.’
The author highlights the five choices made by Sita, and each chapter gives a brief insight into Sita’s thought process,‘You are bound by rules, but not I. I am free to choose.’ For Ram, duty superseded choice, and it was the choices made by Sita that affected the course of events. While the writing style is simple, Devdutt Pattanaik’s signature drawings make the book unique.
‘Humans make choices. Humans can also help. Thus human society is all about choices and rules. We can choose to help or choose not to….All choices have consequences….The Ramayana thus shows that it is not easy to choose, just as it can be very difficult to follow rules.’