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The Forest of Enchantments

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Product Type: Fiction
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Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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  • Author : Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Publisher : HarperCollins India
  • Edition : 1st edition (31 October 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Genre : Fiction
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"The Forest of Enchantments" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a captivating and lyrical retelling of the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana, through the perspective of its often overlooked heroine, Sita. Amitav Ghosh praises Divakaruni's narrative as one of the most strikingly lyrical voices portraying the lives of Indian women.

In this innovative inversion of the Ramayana, Divakaruni breathes life into Sita's voice, offering readers a fresh and profound understanding of the well-known story. Arshia Sattar lauds the book as a gift, presenting an opportunity to know the familiar narrative better and to love it more deeply.

Namita Gokhale describes the work as an inspired evocation, an epic song of strength and solidarity that vividly brings to life the personalities and predicaments of the Ramayana. Divakaruni's portrayal of Sita as an epitome of courage and self-respect is celebrated by Volga, offering profound insights and a path for all women.

The book is hailed for its feminist perspective, with Divakaruni providing balanced and non-judgmental insights into the lives of the women in the Ramayana. Her storytelling prowess, as noted by The New York Times Book Review, places her among the best, and the retelling is considered one of the simplest and most beautiful interpretations of Sage Valmiki's epic.

"The Forest of Enchantments" stands out for its exploration of pluralities and possibilities, offering a Sitayan that imparts Sita's strength to future generations. Divakaruni's feminist brilliance shines through her spin on pivotal moments in Sita's life, challenging traditional interpretations. Ultimately, the book is not just a retelling but a powerful narrative that reveals the love story at the heart of the Ramayana.

From the Back Cover

 The Ramayana, one of the world's greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita's version. The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari. A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour, it is also about women's struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men, as Chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, contemporary battle of wills. While the Ramayana resonates even today, she makes it more relevant than ever, in the underlying questions in the novel: How should women be treated by their loved ones? What are their rights in a relationship? When does a woman need to stand up and say, 'Enough!'

About the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni:
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published widely, in magazines and anthologies, and her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages. Several of her works have been made into films and plays. Her last novel was the bestseller, The Forest of Enchantments, a retelling of the Ramayana in Sita's voice. She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and has two sons, Anand and Abhay. She teaches in the internationally acclaimed Creative Writing programme at the University of Houston. Chitra tweets @cdivakaruni and she loves to connect with her readers on her Facebook page: