Book Review: Sita: Warrior of Mithila by Amish Tripathi

Here’s my take on Sita: Warrior of Mithila by Amish Tripathi.

Front Cover of Sita - Warrior of Mithila by Amish Tripathi

BLURB

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.

REVIEW

Everyone knows the story of Lord Ram, his childhood, his youth, and what all he went through before and after he married the Goddess Sita. However, the story of Goddess Sita is little known – apart from a few things like she was the daughter of the king Janak and wife of Lord Ram and was abducted by Raavan, the king of Lanka. And Sita: warrior of Mithila aims to do just what we missed: it talks about who Sita was and what her life was like.

Coming to the review, let’s start with the book cover. It depicts Sita as a warrior with a weapon in her hand. The cover is contrary to the image of Sita that everyone has in their mind. The cover itself speaks a lot about the story.

Sita: warrior of Mithila is an easy read as it doesn’t rely extensively on hard-to-understand vocabulary. The scenarios depicted are picturesque as well.

The story in this book starts from five years earlier in comparison to the first book in the series. In the first book we read about the childhood of Ram whereas this book is about childhood of Sita which is seldom known to many people.

Sita - Warrior of Mithila by Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi has portrayed Sita as a strong and independent woman who took no nonsense from anybody around her. She was a trained warrior along with being a beloved princess. She is seen as a woman with principles, is strict, and knows how to rule a kingdom.

‘Not everyone has the spirit to keep their character strong when their stomachs are empty.’ – Sunaina

Sunaina is portrayed as a loving and doting mother who loved Sita dearly and taught her all her life’s lessons.

The scenes between Ram and Sita are beautiful and will make a reader like you and me admire them.

“Ram wanted to marry a woman in front of whom he would be compelled to bow his head in admiration.”

This book gives various life lessons which one can implement in their lives too.

“Running away is never the solution. Confront your problems. Manage them. That is the way of the warrior.”

I would like to give this book 3 stars out of 5.

Though the first half of Sita: warrior of Mithila by Amish Tripathi is about Sita and her story from how she grew up from a little girl to an independent princess – who eventually falls in love with the Ram – the second half the book is a repetition of the first book, this time from Sita’s perspective. This makes the book boring and hence, one may lose interest and keep on turning the pages to find something interesting.

Details are an essence part of a story and I love a book with details. It makes reading more easy but unnecessary details just makes a book boring and lengthy. Some chapters in this book have unnecessary details too which made reading it tiring.

CONCLUSION

It is the second book in the series of Ram Chandra so to read this book and to understand this book better, I’ll recommend you all to first read the first book in the series. However, if you have read the first book and liked it too then I’ll suggest you to read this one too. To everyone who loves a strong female character, you will love Sita: warrior of Mithila. To everyone who loves mythology with fiction, you should read this book as well.

Personal note: While you read this book please keep an open mind and always remember it is a work of fiction written for your entertainment and not for your knowledge.

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