Sita: Warrior of Mithila (Ram Chandra #2)- Book Review

Amish Tripathi made me his devout follower with the Shiva Trilogy. By the time I was finished with The Immortals of Meluha, I had decided that I will ready anything this guy writes in future. I loved reading Scion of Ikshvaku, but I must agree that it deviated very little from the original epic. Of course, he glorified Ram to great heights and it worked for me. Sita: Warrior of Mithila is the sequel to what I had thought would be a trilogy, but when you read the book, you will find out that the series is going to run for many more books.

Title: Sita: Warrior of Mithila
Author: Amish Tripathi
Publisher: Westland
Date Published: May 29th 2017
Language: English
Genre: Mythological Fiction
ISBN: 9789386224583
My Rating: 4

Sita: Warrior of Mithila is not a direct sequel.

As explained in the beginning of the book itself, it is not a direct sequel to the previous book. I can’t really tell whether this was the intention of Amish Tripathi from the beginning itself or he changed his mind after the reactions of people on the previous book. Anyhow, Sita: Warrior of Mithila tells the story of Sita, right from the beginning, irrespective of what we have already read in the previous book.

An abandoned baby is found in a field, being protected by a vulture from a pack of wolves. She, would later be revealed to be Sita, is adopted by Janak, the ruler of Mithila. She grows up to be a strong and smart warrior under the training of Guru Vishvamitra. What follows is the epic journey of Sita with a lot of twists and turns that deviate away from what we have read in mythology until she is kidnapped by Raavan.

The Narrative Structure – Does it work?

As stated earlier as well, the protagonist in this book is Sita. Although, we definitely get to read a lot about vayuputras and malayputras, the chunks of subplots revolve somehow around Sita’s journey. This leads to two different opinions I have on this narrative structure. I really loved reading about Sita’s life because whenever we talk about Ramayana, the focus is laid solely on the greatness and character of Ram. Amish has clearly offered a feminist angle to the entire epic by building a solid foundation of Sita, who is not merely the wife of Ram, but a great warrior herself.

At the same time, tis led to repetition. There are things that you have already read in Scion of Ikshvaku and therefore, you feel like the same is stuffed down your throat again in Sita: Warrior of Mithila. While even I was not happy about it, I feel this change is going to be really great for the third book because nothing has been told about Raavan so far. Maybe, Amish was careful enough this time or maybe he knew how he has to follow from here onwards.

It steers away from our holy mythology; I should be offended!

Sita has always been treated as a victim, let it be plays, books, Ramleela or TV series/movies. Amish took a bold step and gave a sword in her hand, glorified her character as a fierce warrior who is intelligent and smart at the same time. She made her stronger than Ram, made her independent and gave her the title of Vishnu. I should feel offended, right? How dare he change our mythology?

I wonder why the same society screams about feminism when they can’t digest Sita being showcased as the chosen Vishnu who is supposed to eradicate the world from all the evil. Why does she have to be portrayed as an innocent and ideal wife who follows her husband? Why is it so troublesome if Ram is portrayed as a true Kshatriya but with a feminist approach? If you have read Amish’s previous books or even know about him, Sita: Warrior of Mithila should not surprise you.

In fact, I feel proud about how he was bold enough to make those major changes in such a popular mythological chronicles.

So many surprises await you in Sita: Warrior of Mithila.

There is a whole subplot of Malayputras and Vayuputras. The differences between Guru Vishvamitra and Guru Vashishtha are discussed and laid out in open. The history of Jatayu is somewhat baffling. The vaanar tribe is also being portrayed and the character of Hanuman is brough in much sooner than the original mythology. The inclusion of Jallikattu was a surprise and the author managed it really well. There is a mere inclusion of Vaali, but he will clearly have a greater role in the following books. There are several subplots that I should refrain myself from discussing here so it is not spoiled for you.

The book ends on a huge cliffhanger. I wish I could go in future and read the next book. By the time you reach the last line, you get an idea that the character of Raavan will be a lot different from what we have been reading. Also, since the next book will be from his point of view, it will give us a good insight on his journey. The best thing is that we haven’t read it in Scion of Ikshvaku and Sita: Warrior of Mithila already.

I loved reading it, but could it have been better?

While following the current course, Amish could not have eliminated out the factor of repetitiveness for sure. Another thing that always bothers me in so many authors’ books is the over-elaborate descriptions. In Sita: Warrior of Mithila, we have an in-depth structural details of ancient cities and scenery that I prefer not to read.

Apart from that, Amish has done a great job again at etching out the characters and telling a tale of epic proportions in his signature flair. Read with an open mind and you will love the book.

 

It is said that we come with nothing into this world, and take nothing back. But that’s not true. We carry our karma with us. And we leave behind our reputation, our name.

When the axe entered the forest, the trees said to each other: do not worry, the handle in that axe is one of us.

Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

It hurts right now. But time always heals, Sita. Years from now, what will remain are the bittersweet memories. More sweet, less bitter. No one can take away the memories of passion and romance. Ever. That’ll be enough.

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  1. I find Sita intriguing; have written two fictionalized/imaginative fiction on Sita. This book especially interests me because it’s from Sita’s point of view plus it is based on Adbhut Ramayan that’s very different and intriguing and where Sita evolves as a warrior.

    I am definitely going to read this book and it is going to be my first book by Amish. Your reviews gives a fair idea about the book.
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  2. Very interesting book review . Sita was an adopted child and was give more importance them the biological /own child by Janak.
    I wish to know others prospective on this issue . I guess this book will provide many details about Sita .

  3. Shiva Triology I have heard about it but it seemed too heavy to make a attempt to read it… I like it that it has story of Jatayu, its my favorite charactor in Ramayana. Also its interesting Sita was protected by vulture from wolves. Now on this warrior Sita… see I think Sita is Sita as protrayed in Ramayana, I don’t understand how author can change the story and charactor of Ramayana… She was kidnapped by Ravana, she choose to follow Ram, and choose to do other things as well… maybe this is Sitayanama, a different story by Amish Tripathi… I can’t accept him changing the story and charactor of someone in the original story. But yeah… I would love Sita being trained as a warrior, fighter and as a strong person… she was really really gentle soul and unfit to live in forest. I guess if shes so fragile that Ram or Laksman had to always protect her, might as well left her and gone): … its my take… its left to her…weather she waits for him for 13 years, joins up in the middle giving a Ram surprise(maybe in their 1st aniversary) or you know divorces him… I am not a fan of Ramayana or Mahabharatha but I like Jathayu… there are so many improvable things in the original story… maybe will point it another time, it will put it in controversy. Now I want to read the Shiva triology, its interesting that someone can make such a heavy, fantasied story into something interesting, must encourage our Indian authors to that end, reading their good works. Btw, you write very well too…nice story stories, dark in the end,,,anyway.
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    • Shiva Trilogy is a different series dear 🙂 And yes, he has personified Sita as a warrior, which is the best thing about the book. she is smart and makes her own decisions. Amish does change a few things in his stories, but trust me, they make the entire plot so much more interesting and as a reader, the experience is great!

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