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Amish Tripathi’s Sita, Warrior of Mithila: Here’s all you need to know

The second book in the five-book Rama Chandra series, Sita: Warrior of Mithila, releases today.

books Updated: May 29, 2017 16:19 IST
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Far from being a coy, timid princess, Amish’s Sita is a warrior well-trained in combat.
Far from being a coy, timid princess, Amish’s Sita is a warrior well-trained in combat.

It may be hard to repeat stupendous success, but not if you are Amish Tripathi. After his bestselling The Scion of Ikshvaku (2015), the first book in Amish’s Rama Chandra series, which, along with his Shiva Trilogy, sold over 3.5 million copies, comes the much-awaited second book, Sita: Warrior of Mithila.

Here’s all you need to know about the book:

Sita is a fierce warrior
Far from being a coy, timid princess, Amish’s Sita is a warrior well-trained in combat and warfare. She has long been seen in popular culture as the ‘’adarsh bhartiya naari” – devoted, obedient and silent. Amish, drawing on the Adbhut Ramayana and Gond Ramayani, presents a more rounded, strong, proactive character in his interpretation. He traces her life trajectory while exploring the kind of mental strength and agility it must have taken to deal with the challenges she faced. “What kind of strength of character it must take for an adopted child to become a warrior, a prime minister, and a goddess, as she is remembered today.” Amish told HT in an earlier interview.

The book cover, released earlier this month, depicts Sita as a fierce, well-built fighter, fearlessly taking on a group of men with just a lathi in hand.

It is not a sequel
While the first book narrated the story of Rama’s birth and childhood up to Sita’s abduction, the second does not begin from where the first concluded. Instead, Sita: Warrior of Mithila narrates the origins of the adopted daughter of King Janak and maps her rise from an orphan to a skilled warrior who becomes the prime minister of her father’s kingdom. Amish has spoken about the multi-linear narrative technique he uses in these books in earlier interviews. The third book will be narrated from the birth of Ravana to Sita’s kidnapping; after which the story will converge into a common narrative in the later books.

The book is not from Sita’s point of view
If the cover is anything to go by, Sita is clearly the hero here. Amish has repeatedly emphasised that his second book is not Ramayana from Sita’s perspective. “It is, instead, the story of Sita, where Ram comes as a character in the last part of the book,” he said.

With his Shiva trilogy, Amish turned a beloved God into a pop culture icon. Will Amish’s Sita be the new feminist icon for a new generation? We’ll soon find out.

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