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Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni
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Sita's Ramayana (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Samhita Arni, Moyna Chitrakar (Illustrator)

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Member:brenpike
Title:Sita's Ramayana
Authors:Samhita Arni
Other authors:Moyna Chitrakar (Illustrator)
Info:Groundwood Books (2011), Hardcover, 152 pages
Collections:Your library, TIOLI 2012
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Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni (2011)

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    The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus by Margaret Atwood (eclecticdodo)
    eclecticdodo: both books are retellings of traditional tales, from the woman's perspective, challenging traditional gender roles
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This is a fantastic and very fun read. This graphic novel is laid out with fairly simple text, excusing the Hindu names, and has very descriptive and captivating illustrations to go with it. This book tells a Hindu story of a woman who is the "pawn" between men and kingdoms, until she says no. The big idea here is to stand up for what you believe in. ( )
  mlundi1 | Oct 17, 2018 |
Moyna Chitrakar's vibrantly alive illustrations provide a fluent, lively foil to this version of the Ramayana. It is nonetheless affecting and a worthy library and/or classroom addition, as we learn from Sita's retelling that:

"War, in some ways, is merciful to men. It makes them heroes if they are the victors. If they are vanquished--they do not live to see their homes taken, their wives widowed. But if you are a woman--you must live through defeat...you become the mother of dead sons, or an orphan, or worse, a prisoner" (p.120). ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
Moyna Chitrakar's vibrantly alive illustrations provide a fluent, lively foil to this version of the Ramayana. It is nonetheless affecting and a worthy library and/or classroom addition, as we learn from Sita's retelling that:

"War, in some ways, is merciful to men. It makes them heroes if they are the victors. If they are vanquished--they do not live to see their homes taken, their wives widowed. But if you are a woman--you must live through defeat...you become the mother of dead sons, or an orphan, or worse, a prisoner" (p.120). ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
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  Jackie.Spencer | Jul 26, 2016 |
An adaptation of the traditional Sanskrit tale, told uniquely in not just graphic novel format but also from the woman's perspective. The text is perfectly pitched, to explain what is going on but without overwhelming the stunning artwork. As one unfamiliar with the character names it could sometimes be a little confusing remembering who was who, so the authors helpfully included diagrams of how each of them is related. The story in this telling strongly promotes women's rights which was much more positive than the original. A beautiful and fascinating book. ( )
  eclecticdodo | May 11, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 155498145X, Hardcover)

The Ramayana is an epic poem by the Hindu sage Valmiki, written in ancient Sanskrit sometime after 300 BC. It is an allegorical story that contains important Hindu teachings, and it has had great influence on Indian life and culture over the centuries. Children are often encouraged to emulate the virtues of the two main characters — Rama and Sita. The Ramayana is frequently performed as theater or dance, and two Indian festivals — Dussehra and Divali — celebrate events in the story.

This version of The Ramayana is told from the perspective of Sita, the queen. After she, her husband Rama and his brother are exiled from their kingdom, Sita is captured by the proud and arrogant king Ravana and imprisoned in a garden across the ocean. Ravana never stops trying to convince Sita to be his wife, but she steadfastly refuses his advances. Eventually Rama comes to her rescue with the help of the monkey Hanuman and his army. But Rama feels he can’t trust Sita again. He forces Sita to undergo an ordeal by fire to prove herself to be true and pure. She is shocked and in grief and anger does so. She emerges unscathed and they return home to their kingdom as king and queen. However, suspicion haunts their relationship, and Sita once more finds herself in the forest, but this time she is pregnant. She has twins and continues to live in the forest with them.

The story is exciting and dramatic, with many turns of plot. Magic animals, snakes, divine gods, demons, sorcerers and a vast cast of characters all play a part in the fierce battles fought to win Sita back. And in the process the story explores ideas of right vs. wrong, compassion, loyalty, trust, honor and the terrible price of war.

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This version of the The Ramayana is told from the perspective of Sita, the queen. It is an allegorical story that contains important Hindu teachings, and it has had great influence on Indian life and culture over the centuries.

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