Publisher: HarperCollins India
This book has Sita’s conversation with Ahalya, Surpanakha, Renuka and Urmila. Their conversations will give us a different perspective towards life and Ramayana too.
I loved the conversation between Rama and Lakshman. How Rama felt when he was in the forest with Sita, about Lava and Kusa. There are so many things in this book that will make you curious about what’s coming next. There are many storytellers telling this story from different perspectives, but this one is my favourite. If you get a chance, DO READ THIS BOOK.
The narration, the writing style everything is just too perfect to dwell in the world of Sita.
Valmiki’s Ramayana is the story of Rama’s exile and return to Ayodhya, of a triumphant king who will always do right by his subjects. In Volga’s retelling, it is Sita who, after being abandoned by Purushottam Rama, embarks on an arduous journey towards self-realization. Along the way, she meets extraordinary women who have broken free from all that held them back: husbands, sons, and their notions of desire, beauty and chastity.
The minor women characters of the epic as we know it – Surpanakha, Renuka, Urmila and Ahalya – steer Sita towards an unexpected resolution. Meanwhile, Rama too must reconsider and weigh his roles as the king of Ayodhya and as a man deeply in love with his wife. A powerful subversion of India’s most popular tale of morality, choice and sacrifice, The Liberation of Sita opens up new spaces within the old discourse, enabling women to review their lives and experiences afresh. This is Volga at her feminist best.