I finished the much-anticipated book of 2017 (especially for Indian book lovers) and it took me 3 days to finish this book (that’s because breathing and eating and sleeping consumes most of my time 😛 )
Blurb (as on Goodreads)
India, 3400 BCE.
India is beset with divisions, resentment, and poverty. The people hate their rulers. They despise their corrupt and selfish elite. Chaos is just one spark away. Outsiders exploit these divisions. Raavan, the demon king of Lanka, grows increasingly powerful, sinking his fangs deeper into the hapless Sapt Sindhu.
Two powerful tribes, the protectors of the divine land of India, decide that enough is enough. A saviour is needed. They begin their search.
An abandoned baby is found in a field. Protected by a vulture from a pack of murderous wolves. She is adopted by the ruler of Mithila, a powerless kingdom, ignored by all. Nobody believes this child will amount to much. But they are wrong.
For she is no ordinary girl. She is Sita.
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This is the second book in the Ram Chandra Series. A sequel that takes you back. Back before the beginning.
Well, I loved the way Sita was portrayed- a strong, independent women, perfectly capable of sustaining herself and her kingdom. The characters and events have been glorified extensively. This book screams of Royalty and Nobility!
This is not the Sita we think we know. This book is a remake of today’s world- the chaos, the search for a leader, the need for stronger feminine characters (the Ramayana style). Sita has been given a purpose which is way more relatable and practical than the classic theories of good, evil, love, and war.
However, the book tends to get a little boring in the last few chapters as there is a repetition of events as in Scion of Ikshvaku. Now that has to be accepted because Sita and Ram’s lives are meant to get connected at a certain point and hence the clash.
What I found a little disturbing was the comparison to Vyomkesh! (Comparision of what/who? please read the book). Vyomkesh being a fictional character and that too, of modern times is not acceptable to me as a part of the book. There are also certain events that were unnecessary and put in just to create a plot-drag
This is the Classic Amish magic. Fiction with a hint of mythology.
Dear readers, Please don’t try to relate it to the traditional depiction of Ramayana, as it is only going to leave you helpless and confused. Keep in mind that this is a Fiction and enjoy the ride!
The Final Question:
Am I dying to read the next book (Raavan Orphan of Aryavarta): Maybe! I am not so sure
Goodreads rating: 4.04/5
My rating: 3.9/5