SheThePeople.TV spoke with India’s highest selling author, Amish Tripathi — best known for his Shiva Trilogy, about his new book ‘Sita: Warrior of Mithila’.

The book is the second one in Tripathi’s Ram Chandra series, and portrays a Sita who is very different from the docile wife whom most of us are familiar with.

In this story, she is a warrior, and fights for her rights.

The original and the ancient versions of the Ramayana, in which Sita was depicted as a strong woman, inspired Tripathi.

“Sita doesn’t get kidnapped without fighting back. She fights a 100 soldiers and gets overpowered. She doesn’t go quietly,” he says. “She is a warrior.”

“In the older, ancient versions of the Ramayana, written by Valmiki, Sita is a warrior, and she is the one that kills Raavan, after taking her true form as Maa Kaali, and I find that version very inspiring,” says Tripathi.

“I would like readers to take away an image of Lady Sita as a warrior and a feminist.”

Tripathi is experimenting with a different storytelling style, called the multi-linear narrative in his Ram Chandra series.

“The point of a multi-linear narrative is to get the back story of different characters to understand where they come from, and only then can you understand the interactions between them,” says Tripathi.

The stories of the characters will converge at the point of Sita’s kidnapping. The last book of the series will have all the characters telling their stories together.

“In ancient times, women and men had the same status,” says Tripathi, “and it is time to go back to that”.

“Sita doesn’t get kidnapped without fighting back. She fights a 100 soldiers and gets overpowered. She doesn’t go quietly,” he says. “She is a warrior.”

The book will release in May end.

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