It hasn’t been so much since I finished this novel by Amish Tripathi, Sita: The Warrior of Mithila 3 days ago. For the starters, I truly liked this novel as it’s a novel. Indeed, it’s a novel – a work of fiction. Nevertheless, I truly wonder what a novel could be out of this if the characters in the novel were to be some common men and women like we are? Could we ever give two dimes to such a work? Could Amish make his lady hero out of some Smriti or Sushma or Sima from Mithila? Why did he choose Sita? Why did he choose the legendary heroine and a Goddess? It intrigued me and then I gave some random page-readings to this novel once again. And I would like to share what I found with all the readers who have already read or would read the book in near future.
The book has nothing to do with the original Ramayana. This is a work of pure fiction and take it as it is. Read it; dust it; forget it; and wait for the next fiction from the author… There are the instances which have been re-created to give the story of Sita a cinematic touch which might soon be converted into some overrated Bollywood movie where we might see some Deepika or Priyanka playing Sita and challenging some character who might play Rama! The story of Sita: Warrior of Mithila is a story by the author whose knowledge about Mithila seems scanty. He does not seem to be knowing any other thing than some fugitive story telling skills entertaining people by telling them that Gods are Nagas and they are the parts of different tribes. I just hope he could also re-tell the stories of Gods belonging to other ‘tribes’.
As per the fiction present in the novel Sita: Warrior of Mithila, the novel purely gains its fuel from the legend of Sita without whom the novel could just be another vain attempt at luring the minds of the readers. You can surely enjoy the fiction and enjoy the descriptions of Sita training in the camp where she envisions the dream of being the next Vishnu. (Are you serious? As far as I know, Indra might be a post…) And there are the scenes featuring Jatayu meeting Sita in the camp. Hanuman as some Naga and many other instances which might baffle a serious being who might have read the original versions of Ramayana.
Still, for those who want to enjoy the story by Amish, here is the link from to the book on Amazon. And the best part is you will also get a huge discount of almost 50% if you buy it right now:
(this is a cynic and critical review)
Sita: Warrior of Mithila
A typical askew adaptation of the legend… good for those who love fiction!