TITLE: The Liberation of Sita
“Does anyone in this world have the power to decide between truth and untruth?”
The Indian epic, Ramayana is a story about Rama’s journey of exile and his quest to rescue his wife, Sita after she was abducted by a demon King, Ravana. Many have heard this story, many have adored this story of valor and many have framed it on the walls of their mind to keep it intact and rooted to its original flow.
But here comes Volga to show us that this river could have streams and this story, The Liberation of Sita, is one such stream.
Some women get left in the dark, in the shadows cast by men of light; they lurk in the corners of an unknown world without having a voice. But when they are found, we realize, they all have the loudest of voice.
Similarly, Volga gets these forgotten souls out in the world to tell their stories, stories of Ahalya, Renuka, Urmila and Suparnakha, women who were measured by an irrational mould of chastity and duty(dharma).
The structure of this book is formed when these stories get merged with the story of naive Sita. We are shown how not all that we see and believe is the ultimate truth. We learn and grow through our experiences.
One thing which catches you off guard is when Volga gives us a peek of the other side of the coin.
Although, I feel the translated version could have been better and more powerful considering the theme of the book. But overall, I found it a decent read with a fresh perspective to an ancient story.
But I wouldn’t advice this book to all those who are not versed with The Ramayana.