Sita: Now You Know Me by Sini Panicker [BOOK REVIEW]


Set in the vedic times of ancient India, Sita narrates the story of her terbulent life intimately, detailing her deepest despair, grief and horrors and her profound love for Ram. This is a spirited and and enduring Sita calmly recollecting her transformation at various stages of her life, from an abondant infant to a cherished princess, a delightful bride to a dissolute hermit in exile, a captive of an enemy, to a queen and culminating as a poor, homeless woman of twin boys in an ashram, ancient India’s geographical, social, Intellectual and cultural portraits accompany Sita gracefully, throughout her journey.


My Rating- ⭐⭐⭐

The story is told from the perspective of Sita and from the very first page she takes us to a journey that includes all the significant events that happened in her life. For me it started out as an amazing read but as the story was progressing, I felt as if I wanted the protagonist (Sita) to be portrayed more powerful and self-righteous. As a child, my mother used to narrate a lot of stories from Ramayana but the storyline wasn’t as powerful in my opinion. No doubt, I got to know a lot of things that I didn’t know earlier.

I really appreciate that the author has done enough research before writing the story. But a couple of times I felt that the direction in which the author is taking the story is not going hand in hand with what actually happened in reality according to Ramayana.

As far as the writing style is concerned, it was easy to understand but I could not connect with the character. To some extent, I did but I think that’s entirely because I have already heard stories from Ramayana.

Thanks to Rupa Publications for the review copy.