"War, in some ways," muses Sita, the heroine of this book, "is merciful to men. It makes them heroes if they are victors. If they are vanquished - they do not live to see their homes taken, their wives widowed. But if you are a woman...."
Sita's Ramayana shifts the point of view of the Ramayana - the saga of a heroic war - to bring a woman's perspective to this timeless epic. Narrated by the heroine Sita, it is a powerful meditation on women's fate, as they become pawns in the wars between men and kingdoms. But Sita is not just a patient victim of events - she endures her fate with fortitude, until the moment she decides to challenge it....
The art matches the radical spirit of the tale. Vivid and earthy, it is a decided break from the romantic images of an epic past.
The book unites two women from very different backgrounds: young urban writer Samhita Arni, who lives in Bangalore, collaborates with Patua scroll artist Moyna Chitrakar from the village of Nirbhaypur in West Bengal.
"Gorgeous, vibrant illustrations...the age range for this book is really boundless...." - American Library Association
Reading level: 10+ years
Hardcover: 152 pages