Sita’s Sister

Author : Kavita Kane

Publisher : Rupa Publications

Genre : Fiction/Mythology

Pages : 320

Blurb ( as on Goodreads )

Urmila, Sita’s sister and the neglected wife of Lakshman, and one of the most overlooked characters in the Ramayana.
As Sita prepares to go into exile, her younger sisters stay back at the doomed palace of Ayodhya, their smiles, hope and joy wiped away in a single stroke. And through the tears and the tragedy one woman of immense strength and conviction stands apart—Urmila, whose husband, Lakshman, has chosen to accompany his brother Ram to the forest rather than stay with his bride. She could have insisted on joining Lakshman, as did Sita with Ram. But she did not. Why did she agree to be left behind in the palace, waiting for her husband for fourteen painfully long years?

My Review

“Marriage did not hold much interest for Urmila but it was a social discipline she would have to conform to. She would rather seek knowledge instead of a suitor.”

I love mythological genre especially when it comes to exploring Ramayana in every possible way. Honestly I purchased this book since I wanted to know Sita’s Sister, Urmila’s side of the Ramayana. It is a wonderfully narrated tale that fills in the gap in the Ramayana that completely ignores these ladies, after their mention at their wedding.  This was my first Kavita Kane book and I absolutely loved it.

This book  recites the great mythological Ramayana from Urmila’s perspective, who is the most overlooked character. She is being portrayed as the central character here rather than being  Sita’s Sister. This book explores the pain and hardships endured by Urmila during the 14 year exile of Ram, Laxman and Sita.

Urmila was a well-learned scholar, out-spoken, head-strong woman who stood elegantly brave even in despair and desolation. She was the bravest among her four sisters and well versed in Upanishads and Vedas.

” I assure you that I shall never come between your loyalty to your brothers and your family.”

Her love for Laxman was so deep and eternal that even after knowing that his first priority is his brother Ram , she married him. After being separated from his beloved sister and husband, Urmila kept her family together , performed her dharma as a wife, daughter, daughter-in-law and above all a sister. The maturity and the understanding she showed for 14 long years was commendable.

She was a dutiful daughter-in-law, a warrior wife, binding spirit for her sisters as well as her family. 

I was always fascinated by Urmila’s sacrifice and her part of the story and Kavita Kane absolutely managed to narrate her story in a simple and an amazing way.  She captures the inner feelings of a woman perfectly. For me this book is a must read. I really enjoyed it a lot.

My Rating : 🌟🌟🌟✨

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The Ancient Sacred Tree- Birthing A Hero

Author : Dawnette N. Brenner

Publisher : Page Publishing Inc

Genre : YA Fantasy

Pages : 230

Blurb ( as on Goodreads)

Joshua Creed receives disturbing news about his parents, but before he is able to process it, he is flung into a world of intrigue and danger where he must fight for his life and the lives of the inhabitants. He discovers he has secret powers, and the mystery of his eye is revealed, but it isn’t easy being bipolar and only nine years of age. His newly found friends and family help him through his adventure but not before he’s forced to change schools.
The action-packed, fun, and exciting adventures of Joshua begin in this first adventure of his destiny!

My Review

“I really didn’t understand at first. But as the years went by, I thought it was my fault. It was a very confusing time for me. ”

I love reading Fantasy genre books and this one is one of them. The story-line is amazing and if you love fantasy too then its a must buy. Now lets talk about the book.

The story is about an 8 year boy named Joshua who was bipolar and suffering from anxiety. His world crashes when his parents divorce each other. Frustrated from his life he always used to daydream about imaginary worlds where no problem existed. His adventure begins when he suddenly falls down while going to school.

Joshua is depicted as a weak and lonely child who never made a friend in school. But as the story progresses, so does his character. The story is all about Joshua being transported from his world to the imaginary world , called the world of Ice Plants, in order to save it from the evil powers. Why was only he chosen in order to save the ice plants ? What special abilities he had? Go read the novel and know the answer to these questions.

I really loved how the author described everything in detail. Her work is written in such a good way with simplicity and clarity. This novel is full of fantasy elements and suspense and you won’t be able to put down the book without finishing it.

Also a very important message was conveyed by the author  of valuing one’s family and knowing their importance in our life.

“There is no such thing as a broken family. Family is family and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. and if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you.”

My Rating : 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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 *Also second book in this series is coming soon ( excited much ) 🙂 *

*Thank you Dawnette N. Brenner for the review copy ❤ *