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Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana

Written by: Devdutt Pattanaik
Narrated by: Suyash Mohan
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana is an epic story based on the life of India’s most admired prince - ‘Rama’ and his wife ‘Sita’. Ramayana is a mythological story, which has been passed down for many generations. Since ages, the character that is most emphasized has been that of Rama, who has always been known to keep his word whatever be the circumstances. The role of Sita has been generally overlooked in the past. Sita, too, is a pivotal character. Being a single mother, she went through many ups and downs all alone. Still, she has often been portrayed as a frail and meek character.

In the present audiobook, the author has emphasized on this very fact that Sita, though shown as a submissive character, was a woman who had massive strength. In the book, the author has shown Sita’s childhood in a more detailed manner. Her relationship with her father, King Janaka, who was a very sober and spiritual person; Sita’s forest stay with her husband and after that her lone stay; her connection and conversations with the women in Lanka, at the ‘Ashoka Vatika’, the sentiments that were shared amongst them. Also, depicted is her attachment with her sisters; with the trees in the forest, as she loved her life in forest; her bond with the mother earth. 

This book has portrayed Sita in a fair and magnanimous way, along with restating the whole story of Ramayana.

©2014 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Keeps you engrossed

The book is a trip down memory lane for all Indians. Ramayana is a classic and after reading this book you realize how India has been built around the Ramayana. It also enlightens us about the multiple versions of the book that exist throughout the country. It doesn't try to defend Ram's actions and goes deep into what the problems in society are including casteism, gossiping, female purity etc. A book that everyone must have in their library.

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Expand your mind...

A take on Ramayana by Devdutt pattnaik, that blows your mind. The philosophical depth is immense and the pointers provided are important to anchor the tale in it's right context. A great listen.
The performance of Suyash Mohan is good, though he mispronounces some of the names, which can be overlooked for his rendition of various characters is great.
Do listen to this great epic...

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Excellent retelling and opening of mind

Beyond the story, excellent research, great narration and made clearer in thoughts beyond religion. Must read

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Excellent

This is a good book to listen. Author combined stories from different writings and presented. This is excellent. A great love story that must be read and heard. There are stuff that deviated from Rishi Valmiki’s writing but author states that and present other versions well. Overall a good listen

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  • 25-08-19

Hooked from the start to end.l.<br /><br />

A wonderful depiction of the Ramayana Very well narrated and have throughly enjoyed other books in this series.