We have all heard and seen the famous Indian epic Ramayana. Some may have read it too. Through the years we always see the Ramayana from Ram’s perspective. The story does not narrate what the other characters felt. How about I tell you that there are books available which do this? There are books out there that retell the tale of Ramayana. In the process, they give you a different perspective of the epic altogether. Check out the books below:
Asura by Anand Neelakantan
This book narrates the Ramayan from Ravana’s perspective and is a gem that you have to get your hands on.
Sita’s Ramayana by Samhita Arni & Moyna Chitrakar
This is a visually stunning graphic novel told from the perspective of the queen, Sita. This novel talks about the fate of women, children, animals, and nature stuck in the middle of a war.
Hanuman’s Ramayan by Devdutt Pattanaik
This is another graphic novel with quirky illustrations based on Mithila folk paintings. This book has a humorous touch and tells the story of Ramayana as Hanuman would have told it.
Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi
This book is the first part of the Ram Chandra Series by the author. While Ram is shown as God in all the conventional books, this novel by Amish Tripathi takes a different view by portraying Ram as an ordinary prince.
Sita by Amish Tripathi
Set in 3400 BCE, near the Godavari river, the book revolves around the powerful personality of Sita. This book is the second part of the Ram Chandra Series and features Sita as the protagonist. In this book, Sita has been depicted as a warrior, an archer, and a perfect administrator, instead of an ideal, shy, and obedient wife.
Ravaan by Amish Tripathi
This is the third book in the Ram Chandra series. It chronicles the life of Ravan until the time he kidnaps Sita.
Lanka’s Princess by Kavita Kane
The novel takes us through the life and times of Princess Meenakshi, popularly known as Surpanakha and her feelings of anguish, and revenge. Daughter of Kaikesi and Vishravas and sister of Ravana, there is much more to know about the princess of Lanka.
Sita’s Sister by Kavita Kane
The novel retells the epic tale of Ramayana through the standpoint of Urmila, a woman with resolve and dedication that can find no parallel in history. Urmila, Sita’s sister, and Lakshman’s wife is one of the most overlooked characters in Ramayana. While Sita prepares to go into exile, she decided to stay back and take care of her in-laws. You can check out our review of this book here.