Sita’s Sister by Kavita Kane – Book Review

Sita's Sister

Kavita Kane brings one of the characters of the epic Ramayana, who we have read or heard about but don’t necessarily know about. The princess who is known as Sita’s sister, King Janak’s daughter or Lakshman’s wife. Authors have written a lot about the sacrifices that the main characters make but a very few people have spoken about all the people who supported the main characters.

This book is a really thought provoking book. I had a lot of question after reading this book..what really is dharma, is it to follow the roles of the society or is it to manage the personal self. What is love? Is it someone’s weakness or strength? Is love bigger than duty or it’s the other way round.

In this book, Kavita Kane talks about the princess who was always in the shadows. Urmila is shown as a beautiful, smart princess who is not scared of speaking her mind. She is someone who is practical and understand the world and people really well. She is the one who keeps the relationships together, tries to always resolve the conflicts of the family and brings them together.

This book brings the different prospective to Ramayan. You will know what happens when Ram, Sita and Lakshman were in exile.

Kavita’s writing is contemporary, which makes it easy to read. Sometimes while reading I felt that it’s a story of every Indian women. There are a few phrases which really caught my attention and made me think.

“Only with detachment one learns the value of love versus the range of emotions – exile from attachment.”

“Unhappiness makes us self-absorbed, it makes one think only of oneself- of the pain, and misery one is suffering.”

 

Loved the book. I would recommend it to all who want to read more about the great epics.

Waiting to read the next book by Kavita Kane.

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