It is the festival season and Diwali is near. No better time than now to go back to the ‘Ramayana’ the story of Rama’s life and adventures, for after all Diwali is the celebration of Rama’s return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile (banishment). The Ramayana story is available in many forms (including a comic book) but here we will discuss Arshia Sattar’s version that was published recently.
Sattar’s version is special as it based entirely on the original Sanskrit text by Valmiki written two and a half thousand years ago. Sattar herself has been studying the Ramayana for more than 30 years and has published a translation of Valmiki’s text. In this book, she puts all that knowledge and understanding of Rama’s story to create a book that is simply written and very readable. It also has bright and unique illustrations you would enjoy.
Rama story is no different from an adventure tale-it has brave heroes and heroines, monsters, narrow escapes and animal friends aplenty. What we really liked about the story is that Rama comes across as a believable human being and not a fairy story prince. As Sattar says, Rama “is just like us. He laughs, he cries, he gets angry, he is sad and even lonely.”
So, as Diwali dawns, pick up this book and get caught up in the magic of our great epic.