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Sita: Warrior of Mithila (RAM Chandra)

by Amish Tripathi

Series: Ram Chandra Series (2)

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Immerse yourself in book 2 of the Ram Chandra series, based on the Ramayana, the story of Lady Sita, written by the multi-million bestselling Indian author Amish; the author who has transformed Indian fiction with his unique combination of mystery, mythology, religious symbolism and philosophy. In this book, you will follow Lady Sita's journey from an Adopted Child to the Prime Minister to finding her true calling. You will find all the familiar characters you have heard of, like Lord Ram and Lord Lakshman and see more of Lord Hanuman and many others from Mithila. You will also start discovering the true purpose of the Vayuputras and Malayaputras and their conflicting idealogies that leads to plot twists, politics and intrigue as they try to influence outcomes from behind the scenes. She is the warrior we need. The Goddess we await. She will defend Dharma. She will protect us. 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. Continue the epic journey with Amish's latest: A thrilling adventure that chronicles the rise of an adopted child, who became the prime minister. And then, a Goddess. This is the second book in the Ram Chandra Series. A sequel that takes you back. Back before the beginning.… (more)
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It was a good book depicting the life of Sita before her abduction in the previous book. Nevertheless I felt that there were many sections copy pasted from the previous book, it felt a bit odd is all. Otherwise an exceptional read. ( )
  AraWhesto | Dec 18, 2020 |
So far interesting.Amish is an expert story teller.How ever it feels at times that he has taken too much
creative liberty with the mythology and mythological characters. After fishing the book my opinion remains the same as given above. ( )
  Ravi_Ranjan_Goswami | Sep 26, 2020 |
As the book title suggest it's about Sita. The new surprising thing in this book is ram as well as Sita are appointed as Vishnu by Vasistha and Vishwamitra respectively for making India a better place. There are too many secrets in this book which are yet to be revealed. The books main focus is on three characters in the whole story ram, Sita and Ravan. remaining all are supporting character. overall it's a Goodread... 😊 ( )
  ShriVenne | May 14, 2020 |
Sita. Whenever or wherever we hear this name it remind us of the Valmiki's Ramayana's heroine, but one thing has to be known and that is their are various versions of Sita. In north India Sita is portrayed as calm, resilient, shy and thoroughly obedient towards Ram. Sita in south India is framed to be the opposite; outspoken, ferocious, confident, independent, smart and ready to take up any challenges.
This second part of Ram Chandra series takes you to the same journey with different plot, here Sita is treated by his father like his own son, sent her to Gurukul, trained her in martial arts and encouraged her to fight her own battle. Subsequently, Ram and Sita encounter romantically and eventually something unexpected occurs in the end.
So this book gave me a different vibe and also has the potential to put a strong revelation on the mindset of those people who look on to the woman as 'subordinate'. Sita is back with a bang. ( )
  kala.e.kitaabi | Nov 8, 2019 |
The detailed book review is available at our website, here is the summarized one.

Amish Tripathi is one of the most popular authors in India, and when it comes to retelling mythology he is amongst the top brass, without a doubt. If you like his way of retelling Indian mythology by modernizing the characters/events/incidents, you cannot deny the fact that he knows the art of writing and marketing.

With "Ram Chandra Book Series", Amish experimented the Hyperlinking style of storytelling. So, in this book series, the book has explored the story of Ram in "Scion Of Ikshvaku", this second book explores the story of Sita, and the third one will explore the story of Raavan (in a book named Raavan: The Orphan Of Aryavarta). All these 3 books will end to a common point, and the book onwards will follow the story from that point forward.

The Plot:
While the story of Ramayan (or Ramayana) is so popular throughout India and many other countries, that there is almost nothing new to tell. However, as the name suggests, it is Ram-ayana. It is the story of Ram. In which he was the main character and was told from that perspective only.

The author tried exploring the first half of that story from Sita's perspective.

The book explores Sita's growing up and being converted into an excellent fighter. It also explores the way Sita knew about the poor part of the society and she decided to be a better administrator. The poor economy and lack of resources are the biggest challenges Mithila was facing. Janak was a pious and wise man, but he is more into spiritual wellness and better human qualities. A ruler, however, needs to remain aware of the ground realities and material stuff as well. And Janak was quite a short here.

His brother took advantage of it, and the things are not becoming very good, at least as much expected, for Mithila anytime soon.

If that is not all, the two legend sages of the time Vasishtha and Vishwamitra had different opinions about how to make the society a better place. They both agree that a new way of living must be implemented and a new Vishnu needs to emerge. But, who will be the new Vishnu? Well, they both had their own opinions and course of actions in that arena.

How the things lead to the abduction of Sita, is the rest of the story explored in the book.

Views and Reviews:
I've tried exploring the plot in way that we can avoid spoilers (at least as many as possible), we will try to follow the same in this segment also, but be warned, there can be a few :)

The book follows quite a different perspective from the traditional Ramayan. And, those who've read other books by Amish are well aware of it, and they know what to expect from his books, so no warning is needed here. I would, however, suggest reading this book with the open mind.

The good thing about this book is the way the characters are built. Gradually and strongly.

Sita's character stands out in many ways. Being a protagonist, more focus is set on her, of course. But, she is not merely a follower or like any other princess who was usually grown up enjoying the luxuries of life. She is a strong warrior and possesses exceptional administrative skills. If you want to see "what women empowerment is?", then this book gives you a really good idea. We've often mentioned women empowerment had nothing to do with mimicking actions of men or the size of the cloths. It is all about gender equality.

The author took good care of other characters too. Even the characters of Jatayu, Manthara, Malayputras, Vibhishan and other are given the attention they require.

Amish is good at exploring landscapes and war scenes and it is evident here as well. He also tried adding contemporariness by including some incidents happened during the time he was writing the book.

Sometimes, however, you feel that the book becomes too much modern, in terms of technicality, terms, and incidents.

The cover page of the book is quite interesting, and it shows the warrior quality of the protagonist.

Some of the lines of the book remain with you even after you complete reading it.

Summary:
The book is not a masterpiece. But, it has most of the ingredients found in mythology-retelling books. Good exploration of characters, a new way to understand and re-tell ancient tale, and good writing and marketing abilities of the author, definitely works in the favor of the author. You will enjoy reading it, only with an open mind. I will suggest you to buy it when a good offer (which is frequently available) is running on.

Rating:
We will give it 7 out of 10 stars (as Amazon supports full stars only, we've rounded it here).

Book Review Link: https://thinkerviews.com/author-name/amish-tripathi/sita-warrior-of-mithila-ram-... ( )
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Immerse yourself in book 2 of the Ram Chandra series, based on the Ramayana, the story of Lady Sita, written by the multi-million bestselling Indian author Amish; the author who has transformed Indian fiction with his unique combination of mystery, mythology, religious symbolism and philosophy. In this book, you will follow Lady Sita's journey from an Adopted Child to the Prime Minister to finding her true calling. You will find all the familiar characters you have heard of, like Lord Ram and Lord Lakshman and see more of Lord Hanuman and many others from Mithila. You will also start discovering the true purpose of the Vayuputras and Malayaputras and their conflicting idealogies that leads to plot twists, politics and intrigue as they try to influence outcomes from behind the scenes. She is the warrior we need. The Goddess we await. She will defend Dharma. She will protect us. 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. Continue the epic journey with Amish's latest: A thrilling adventure that chronicles the rise of an adopted child, who became the prime minister. And then, a Goddess. This is the second book in the Ram Chandra Series. A sequel that takes you back. Back before the beginning.

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