Introduction: Sita Warrior of Mithila
Just finished Sita Warrior of Mithila by Amish Tripathi. Quick details of the book, this is the second book of Ram Chandra Series and third, fourth are yet to come. The first book of Ram Chandra Series is Ram Scion of Ikshvaku. Earlier modern methodological writer Amish Tripathi has written Shiva Trilogy.
This is my first methodological book. I haven’t read any of Amish’s book earlier including Ram Chandra Series’ first book Ram Scion of Ikshvaku. However, after going through the journey of Amish’s Sita Warrior of Mithila, I have made up my mind to read all of his books.
First I want to tell you why I have chosen Sita to read, It is because I wanted to see what a methodological writer of this era thinks about the status of women in a golden period of India like Ram Rajya. I also wanted to learn how he would be able to show naked facts of current society through his methodological writing. What I have learned has made me mesmerized and I would say “Amish you have nailed it”.
Review: Sita Warrior of Mithila
Yadā yadā hi dharmasya glanirbhavati suvrata |
Abhyutthānamadharmasya tadā prakrtṛsambhavaḥ ||
O keeper of righteous vows, remember this,
Whenever dharma is in decline,
Or there is an upsurge of adharma;
The Sacred Feminine will incarnate.
Sita Warrior of Mithila is a book that shows how you can combine different methodological stories learned earlier in a logical manner with present perspective of society to get the best way of life out of it. The center character in Sita Warrior of Mithila is obviously Sita. However, there are many other women in this book who has rubbed shoulders with men and showed a way of gender-balanced society. Queen Sunaina, Samichi, Queen Kaushalya, Radhika, and Manthra are some of the best ladies characters in Sita Warrior of Mithila that would inspire women readers.
This is a must-read book for women, you will get a lot to learn from Princes Sita, Queen Sunaina, and Radhika. This is equally a good book for men, you will know how to treat girls and ladies around you from Prince Ram, Prince Bharat, Prince Laxman, Lord Hanuman, Jatayu and King Janak.
Above all, it is a great story to read and a way of life.
The book has proposed an amazing type of feminism that is a soft and not a paralyzed narrative taking the support of reverse sexism where male bashing has been done to promote feminism. Gender equality is one of the top messages that Amish has played very well in this book. One of such incidents is Ram, Laxman, Sita was doing the cooking on a rotation, means cooking was not only a female task in that era as it seems today. The book has shown Manthra as India’s leading business tycoon, very uncommon from other Ramayans. In this book, Ram is five years younger than Sita, that is an attempt of Amish to break one more myth that groom should be elder than a bridge.
When it comes to displaying contemporary naked facts of society, Amish does it proudly. When he displayed a “Nirbhaya Gangrape” in the Kingdom of Ayodhya and Sita get caught by a group of boys. He also displayed how our society remains just a spark away from chaos all the time, and foreigners get a chance to exploit it. Amish stressed the fact that one of the pillars of our society either intellectuals, brahmins, Vysya, Kshatriya or Shudra always remain ignored or targeted by others. That’s why there is lack of prosperity in the country. A country should have balance among these pillars to grow to prosper. An attempt has been made to show you that everyone has equal right to live and enjoy doesn’t matter he or she is born with deformities, Jatayu and Lord Hanuman are flag-bearer of this narrative in the book. Sita Warrior of Mithila has pro-actively criticized birth-based casteism.
Few paragraphs in this book are boring when Amish tries to explain the full-fledged architecture detailing of Agasthyakoodam, Laxman wall, and Pushpak Viman.
Story: Sita Warrior of Mithila
It is a story of 3400 BCE, Near to Godavari River, India. When you start reading this book, Amish has set a plot for gender equality at the very beginning when he writes “Today is Sita’s turn to cook”. Further, the story goes where Queen Sunaina planned to restore old glory of Kingdom of Mithila just after getting married to King of Mithila, Raja Janak. She tried faith and logic both to convince King Janak for a high budget engineering project that could be helped Mithilians in restoring their old glory.
When nothing was working in favor of Mithila, faith in Kanyakumari has given them a gift, they found a baby girl in a way of Kanyakumari to Mithila. This baby girl had a spirit of the warrior and have had a scholar mindset as well. She was curious and her curiosity about the slum in front of fort led her towards an unfortunate event. However, it was a learning experience for her. After a bitter experience with her uncle in his visit to Mithila, she went to Gurukul where she was learning and performing well. But, she and her mother has lost their old popularity among people of Mithila as Sita’s uncle has made mithilians weak by deteriorating trade to Mithila. People of Mithila thought this happened in their life only because of the adopted child of King Janak, Sita.
Meanwhile, Sita was doing great at Gurukul and she came in eyes of Malayaputras who were looking for someone who can take charge of Vishnu to fight with the demon of era Ravan. They choose Sita after watching her war skills, political point of view, core understandings and a lot more. Sita has learned knife fighting with the help of Hanu Bhaiya which helped her a lot in her selection as a Vishnu. Hanu bhaiya, Lord Hanuman was Naga, a man with deformities. He was a cousin of her Gurukul friend Radhika.
After finishing her Gurukul days she doesn’t want to come to Mithila again as people of Mithila were seeing her as a culprit of their bad conditions. According to Mithilians, she was responsible for a bitter relation between Mithila and her uncle’s kingdom, that leads to a bad condition of Kingdom of Mithila. However, her mother’s sickness and need of Mithila has made her reach the Kingdom. Where her mother died in 2 months, she took power as prime minister of Mithila and start serving for her people under King Janak. Being a scholar and thinker, King Janak always remained occupied in reading books. So, it was Queen Sunaina earlier and now Sita was single-handedly running the Kingdom of Mithila. Sita’s work for Mithila again makes it a state of fortune. She turned the slums into bean houses and made agricultural lands under major reforms.
As Sita was selected as next Vishnu, after Lord Parshu Ram, she needs to understand all about way of first followers of Lord Vishnu, the Malayaputras. She visited the mystery land of Malayaputra and learned a lot, and then traveled all across India. Although she was chosen as a Vishnu, there was a major challenge that she had to face. Followers of Lod Shiva, the Vayuputras may not accept her as a Vishnu and they can get another one.
Another major contender was Prince Ram of Ayodhya, she gets to know about him from her Gurukul friend Radhika. As a Vishnu, she needed a partner to make the India great again. Hanu bhaiya has suggested her a way to get the best way to turn the competitor into a partner. Malayaputras also get agree with the plan. Sita told King Janak that she wants to get married and like to organize a Swayamvar, a battle where Princes from different kingdom will fight to get married to the bride.
Sita told the chief of Malayaputras great guru Vishwamitra to get Prince Ram of Ayodhya in Swayamvar. She was aware of the fact that the Great Kingdom like Ayodhya would not be interested in bonding with small kingdom like Mithila as they wouldn’t get much from this diplomacy. However, on request of great guru Vishwamitra, they will sure come and fight in Swayamvar. Prince Ram came from Ayodhya with his brother Prince Laxman. After a tough competition, Prince was selected as a groom for Sita and get they get married. Price Laxman and Princess Urmila also get married.
However, insult of the great Ravana made him attack King of Mithila. Prince Ram becomes the savior of the kingdom. However, he fired a weapon that was not allowed to be fired without permission of Vayuputras. As a consequence, he has to go for a banishment of 14 years as per the law. Being a strict law-abiding man, Prince Ram decided to go for the banishment of 14 years, Laxman and Sita have accompanied him.
Sita, the great Vishnu has made sure with help of her guards as Vishnu that no one can attack Prince Ram in his way to banishment and later. Sita’s Vishnuhood is known to very few, and yet to be announced. As Ram and Sita have decided with Hanuman, there could be two Vishnu this time. Let’s see what happens in books to come.