June 23, 2021

Sita’s Ramayana Review

It was in 2020 when we in India were cooped up in our homes and were wondering when life could get back to normal. Was there any possibility? Everything seemed uncertain and a certain hope came, rather joy of touching upon so many memories when Ramayan came back on the national televsion.

This Summer let’s look at a book that showcases the story from Sita’s point of view. Considering it is for kids, the book does not dwell on questions that can be truly debatable. Yet the book brings in the narration from the female point of view and all her dilemmas when she feels good and even wronged.

Sita’s Ramayana by Samhita Arni, illustrations by Moyna Chitrakar and published by Tara books goes one step ahead when it comes to visual storytelling. The visuals in the form of a graphic novel is bold, colourful, distinct and surely keeps the reader engaged. There are characters that are generally not discussed in great length in the normal story and even parts which are relatively unknown to many that are brought forth in this book.

We at Mums and Stories liked the concept though we did feel it went a bit rushed in its narrative. Also the book is great for those young readers who do know about the story of Ramayana.

The book is for 10-13 year olds and can bring forth some good discussion points at home with elders who can talk about why Sri Rama had to take a stance and on Sita not being the dependent mind but a strong identity of mythology.

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