Book Name- The Girl Who Chose
Author- Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher- Puffin India
MRP- Rs. 199
Genre- Mythology, Children
Release Date- 26th June 2016
My Rating- 5/5
‘You are bound by rules, but not I. I am free to choose.’
Two thousand years ago, the poet-sage Valmiki wrote the Ramayana. It is the tale of Ram, the sun-prince of Ayodhya, who is obliged to follow family rules and so makes no choices. And of Ravana, king of Lanka, who does not respect anybody’s rules or other people’s choices.
Over the centuries, hundreds have retold the tale in different languages, adding new twists and turns. But few have noticed that the tale always depends on the five choices made by Sita.
What were Sita’s five choices?
India’s favourite mythologist brings you this charmingly illustrated retelling of the Ramayana that is sure to empower and entertain new generation readers.
Ramayana is not only a holy book of Hindus but has proved to be a guide on this complex path of life. Ramayan is the most told story in not only India but in the whole world. Every person has his own version of Ramayana, including his own little detail. This addition of little details has led to the formation of a thousand various versions of Ramayan. The oldest existing and the most-believed version is the Ramayan written by Maharshi Valmiki. But the fact is that it does not include many details which are well-believed today to be an integral part of Ramayan. For example, we can take the absence of the fact of ‘Laxman Rekha’ in Valmiki Ramayana. In my opinion, each version has its own importance. Every version tells us something very useful and teaches us something to successfully pass this complex path of life. There is also a variation in the belief of Ramayana on the basis of Regions. like Kamban Ramayan is famous in the South.
So now the question is,
‘Which Ramayana to believe?’
Devdutt Pattanaik has come with a nice solution to this question. He has blended useful parts from more than 20 Ramayanas to produce a single book which has the best parts for every single incident believed to occur in Ramayana.
This book is perfect for children.
The illustrations are beautiful and a nice guide while reading the story. The story is quite short as compared to the Valmiki Ramayana. But it is highly useful and knowledgeable. It is written in simple language which can be understood by all. It has the story of Luv and Kush also with detailed explanation.
Overall it is a must-read book and the best version if you want to read the Ramayana.
Details About The Author-
Devdutt Pattanaik is the author of over 25 books and over 500 articles on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for 15 years before devoting all his time to his passion for decoding beliefs of all cultures, modern and ancient, located beneath the veneer of rationality. Extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally insightful, Pattanaik also boasts of the added skill of simplifying his mythological accounts into delightful reads that engage young readers. He is the master storyteller of the very popular Fun in Devlok series and Pashu