I was glued to Amish’s Sita – The warrior princess, which took me across centuries to an alternate world. Sita touched many chords and erupted numerous thoughts processes. While I may not be able to pour out all that ebbed and troughed in my mind, I am thankful for the time-travel, Sita – The Warrior Princess graced me with. Are you a free reader? You may wonder if there is any such thing like that. Yes, if you can be a free thinker, you can, by all means, be a free reader! What that essentially means in my vocabulary, is to read a book of all genre & enjoy it without subjecting it to critical scrutiny.
Being able to express the complexity of thoughts in words is in itself an arduous process. So, I feel anyone who attempts to express an entire storyline with characters & plot deserves our unrestrained, non-critical applause. Perhaps I lack a critic’s bone & suffer from a peculiar ailment – to read without a filter. So I can consume the drawings & words of an Archies comic book with equal enthusiasm & adore as reading a Dan Brown, Jeffrey Archer, Jhumpa Lahiri, Paulo Coelho, or a Chetan Bhagat.
Yes, they all have very disparate stories to tell & even a more distinct style of writing. They are meant for different mindsets and for completely different demographics probably. But, what is food without unique spices and what is life starved of differences? After few stolen hours in a span of 2 days, I finally finished Amish’s Sita. Having read his Shiva Trilogy & Scion of Ikshvaku reading Sita was only a natural progression towards a destination that you are lured into. I was mesmerized by the amount of research that had gone behind the scene as well as the perspective & expression. I wish Amish’s book would inspire some movie director to make a movie to bring his writings on to the screen.
What I enjoyed most about the book was that there is a persistent effort to provide an alternative, researched and pragmatic explanation to various mythological tales. In Sita, the grandeur, grit and power of the feminine aspects stood out. Sita is not your demure and docile princess. She is a battle-hardened warrior. Not only that she actively designs her own destiny. She marries a young male only after weighing the scales ensuring his worthiness. She is a Vishnu too and equally matched with her consort. She is revered by her partner and not for her outer beauty but for her KARMA! Here is a book that makes you dream of an alternative world for women where they are respected and revered as equals.