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The Forest of Enchantments
- Written by: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
- Narrated by: Suchitra Pillai
- Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
The Ramayana, one of the world's greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita's version. The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari. A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour, it is also about women's struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men.
Mesmerising narration for an okay story
- By Amit Si on 25-11-19
A tale of valour, love and sorrow
I had tears in my eyes when I finished listening to the last few words of the epilogue. The powerful narration of Suchitra Pillai for the heart wrenching Sitayan by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, combine to make the fable so powerful and inspiring that one gets transported to the era of Ram Rajya. The book unfolds the deepest sorrows of Sita’s journey and surfaces them so beautifully through her untold story that it shakes you from within. The story exudes the strength of a woman and the other women who come in her path. It reveals a tender soul who was born with healing powers, endured injustice which she didn’t deserve but finally stood up to say ‘no more’ when tested time to time. It’s a miraculous book, inspiring me and jolting me from within to believe in one’s own power while staying kind. Amazing piece of literary art, symbolic of divine feminine strength!