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Sita : an illustrated retelling of the Ramayana

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Gurgaon, Haryana : Penguin Books, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It is significant that the only character in Hindu mythology, a king at that, to be given the title of ekam-patni-vrata, devoted to a single wife, is associated with the most unjust act of abandoning her in the forest to protect family reputation. This seems a deliberate souring of an uplifting narrative. Ram's refusal to remarry to produce a royal heir adds to the complexity. The intention seems to be to provoke  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Adaptations
Named Person: Vālmīki.; Vālmīki.; Sita, (Hindu deity); Sita, (Hindu deity)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Devdutt Pattanaik
ISBN: 9780143064329 0143064320
OCLC Number: 863077858
Description: xxi, 318 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Author's note: What Shiva told Shakti --
A few Ramayana beacons across history --
A few Ramayana anchors across geography --
Ram's name in different scripts --
Prologue: Descent from Ayodhya --
Birth --
Marriage --
Exile --
Abduction --
Anticipation --
Rescue --
Freedom --
Epilogue: Ascent to Ayodhya.
Responsibility: Devdutt Pattanaik.

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It is significant that the only character in Hindu mythology, a king at that, to be given the title of ekam-patni-vrata, devoted to a single wife, is associated with the most unjust act of abandoning her in the forest to protect family reputation. This seems a deliberate souring of an uplifting narrative. Ram's refusal to remarry to produce a royal heir adds to the complexity. The intention seems to be to provoke throught on notions of fidelity, property and self-image. And so the mythologist and illustrator Devdutt Pattaanik retells the Ramayana, drawing attention to the many oral, visual and written retellings composed in different times, in different places, by different poets, each one trying to solve the puzzle in its own unique way. This book approaches Ram by speculating on Sita: her childhood with her father, Janaka, who hosted sages mentioned in the Upanishads; her stay in the forest with her husband, who had to be a celibate ascetic while she was in the prime of her youth; her interactions with the women of Lanka, recipes she exchanged, emotions they shared; her connection with the earth, her mother, and with the trees, her sisters; her role as the Goddess, the untamed Kali as well as the demure Gauri, in transforming the stoic prince of Ayodhya into God.

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