Sitas Sister by Kavita Kane..My take
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These days mythological books have captured my interest.Thanks to some really good takes or versions of the Mahabharata and Ramayana.This time i have picked Sita's Sister by Kavita Kane.
As Sita prepares to go into exile, her younger sisters stay back at the doomed palace of Ayodhya, their smiles, hope and joy wiped away in a single stroke. And through the tears and the tragedy one woman of immense strength and conviction stands apart - Urmila, whose husband, Lakshman, has chosen to accompany his brother Ram to the forest rather than stay with his bride. She could have insisted on joining Lakshman, as did Sita with Ram. But she did not. Why did she agree to be left behind in the palace, waiting for her husband for fourteen painfully long years?
When i read the book i realized that Urmila was the most underrated character in the Ramayana. No one really thought about how she felt or survived those 14 years of exile. We all know more about Sita,Ram and Lakshman. Even what Lakshman felt when he decided to go with his brother, the turmoil of his emotions, what Urmila felt when her most loved people, Lakshman and Sita when to exile is very beautifully captured.Very few, knew that Urmila was a scholar with great knowledge on varied subjects and the one who held the kingdom together in the absence of Ram and Bharat.
The book very beautifully captures the character of Urmila..Hats off to the author for the research and efforts made to present Urmila's unknown facets to the world.
I would rate the book 4.5/5..Very sensitively written. A thought provoking read with giving credit to other characters of the Ramayana who never received their due.. I loved and respect Urmila for the sacrifices she has made which have always went unnoticed.
A must read for all the readers, to know what trust,sacrifice actually means..Do comment on what you felt about the book.Would love to hear from you..