Amish, the author of widely successful Meluha trilogy, has not followed the typical feminist pattern while writing this work (Sita: The Warrior of Mithila). But he has been a feminist in a way that he rescued the women in the story of the pettiness of womanly jealousy. He has made an effort to empower the villainous character also giving them a considerable motive. His female characters, be it any, are driven by a motive and they pursue the same on the basis of their excellence in that field. Be it Sunaina, Manthra or Surpanakha.
“The differences in society should be determined by merit. That’s all. Not birth.”
The book, unlike other books on the ‘Mithila Princess,’ doesn’t portray Sita as a victim, a helpless woman, or a choiceless person. Rather she is presented as a lady who is skilled and fiery tempered. She is proudly presenting an identity of her own. She is shown to be well aware of the consequences of the decision she takes and she is ready to face what comes her way in case she breaks or abides by the rules.
“Birth is completely unimportant. It is just a means of entry into this world of action, into this karmabhoomi. Karma is all that matters.”
The birth of Sita is a consequence, a spiritual Janak adopts her. She uses these circumstances as her strength, as her weapon. She is worshipped ardently by a tribe. Her mother Sunaina is a pragmatic woman who sets the agenda of Mithila. Sita breaks through the gender stereotypes. She is a woman who learns the strategies, she picks up an alliance suitable to her mission. Amish has tried to carve the graph of the challenges she met with the strength of her character that evolved eventually. As he himself puts it,
“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.”
Marriage is not merely termed as a slavery to the male counterpart. A bold statement is made when the following lines occur in this book.
“Happiness is not an accident. It is a choice. It is in our hands to be happy. Always in our hands. Who says that we can have only one soulmate? Sometimes, soulmates want such radically different things that they end up being the cause of unhappiness for each other.”
The platonic view of the relationship of Ram and Sita is brought out beautifully. It’s not a book about the spouse of Lord Rama. It’s about a woman who carves her own destiny.
“Ram wanted to marry a woman in front of whom he would be compelled to bow his head in admiration.” P.210
Amish Tripathi, Sita: Warrior of Mithila (Ramchandra, #2)
The book asks many unasked questions as to why Sita became instrumental in the blood war??? The role of Jatayu merely as a martyr was worth??? And many others.
“When the axe entered the forest, the trees said to each other: do not worry, the handle in that axe is one of us.” Shurpanakha
Amish Tripathi, Sita: Warrior of Mithila (Ram Chandra #2)
True only… whether an axe cuts the tree or tree is carved into an axe. All are interconnected our past present and future.
The book has manifolds. The spirituality which is a cover to the story of a mythological age of Ramayana and the contemporary context of Modern India. The conversation of Bharat and Sita on the feminine principles of society and the masculine governance is worth a note. Thus it would be wrong to consider it merely a mythological novel. Not without faults.. the writing of Amish is coming of age. You can buy this book from Amazon – link is given below:
by – Nidhi Sharma