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Review: "Sita's Ramayana" by Samhita Arni & Moyna Chitrakar

November 20, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: This is a graphic novel.

Title: Sita's Ramayana

 

Author: Samhita Arni

 

Page Count: 151

 

Summary:

The Ramayana-one of the great legends of ancient India-is presented here in the form of a visually stunning and gripping graphic novel. Told from the perspective of the queen, Sita, it explores ideas of right vs. wrong, compassion, loyalty, trust, honour and the terrible price that war exacts from women,  children, animals and the natural world.

After Sita, Rama and his brother are banished from their kingdom, Sita is captured by the arrogant King Ravana and imprisoned in a garden across the ocean. Ravana tries to convince Sita to be his wife, but she steadfastly refuses his advances. Eventually, Rama comes to her rescue with the help of the monkey Hanuman and his army, magic animals and gods. But Rama is unable to trust Sita and forces her to undergo an ordeal by fire to prove herself to be true and pure...

The Ramayana was first written in Sanskrit by the poet Valmiki around 300 B.C. It contains important Hindu teachings and has had great influence on Indian life and culture over the centuries. This graphic-novel version, inspired by Patua scroll painters from Bengal, India, features the stunning paintings of Patua artist Moyna Chitrakar. Together with Samhita Arni's moving text, told through the eyes of Sita, this book offers us a rich, relevant, contemporary approach to an ancient epic.

An afterword describes how Sita's Ramayana builds on a female narrative tradition of the legend, as well as providing information of the fascinating tradition of Patua scroll painting.

 

Our Review:

 We had to read a book version of this for school, but our teacher cut some parts out. This book had some things that our abridged version didn't have, but there were some parts it totally missed out on. I know it was in Sita's point of view, but even she saw a little more than that. I've tried to make a comic before, and I recognize how hard it is, but I feel like they didn't really... Try...

 

The Bottom Line: Didn't feel like a lot of effort was put into this.

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