Book: Sita: Warrior of Mithila
Author: Amish Tripathi
Published year: 2017
We have all known and worshipped the goddess for ages. All this while I had known Sita as a king’s daughter, a popular princess, and a devoted wife. But never have I imagined her as a fierce warrior before. And that exactly is the impact of Amish’s book on his readers. Imagine the unimagined!
This book is the second sequel in ‘Ramachandra series’ by Amish Tripathi (the first being Scion of Ikshvaku). Like every previous book of Amish, the writing reflects his research and confidence in the plot. He covers the whole plot perfectly without any loopholes. He builds an abode in his book for his readers to take refuge, and the humble abode treats them well indeed.
(Self-wondering: I would never have re-thought a story that has been drilled down on me since childhood, into something so very creative and glitch-free.)
After reading this book, I have developed an entire new image of Sita. An image of women that had been lost and forgotten, yet rekindled and living now.
The plot (No spoilers, no worries)
The plot starts with Sunaina and Janak, the queen and king of Mithila, returning back to their kingdom from Kaniyakumari. They encounter an injured vulture protecting a tiny white bundle from a pack of wolves. Sunaina plunges into action to save the vulture. Unfortunately the vulture dies, but they save the bundle holding a baby girl. Janak and Sunaina decide to adopt the baby, naming her Sita.
Sita’s arrival, education, and warrior skills makes everyone fall in love with her character. The author easily connects his first sequel(Scion of Ikshvaku) about Ram and his upbringing with this book.
You can follow the sequence in the story even if you have not read the first book in the sequel. This is a real challenge for authors, yet, Amish eases his win.
The right amount of detailing to describe each character, be it Sita or Ram or Hanumam, dusting off the reader’s imagination.
The subtle romance scenes between Ram and Sita when they meet the first time. (Every romantic fiction lovers problem.)
Do I recommend?
Of course! A perfect read of mythological fiction.
I read a paper-back version. The book is also available in Kindle.
Let us know how you liked it. Happy reading 🙂