We all have read, heard, or seen the epic ‘Ramayana’ numerous times, isn’t it? We are very well aware of the main characters – Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Dashrath, Kaikeyi, Manthara, Ravana & their stories.
While we were so focused on the struggles faced by Sita, Ram and Lakshman in the jungle, we never thought what might have happened to Urmila, whose husband did not even consider her before taking the big decision of following his brother into the exile for 14 years.
The novel Sita’s Sister, which is also our latest literary possession, is based on the life of Urmila, Lakshman’s wife and the most overlooked character in the epic. The story is set across their childhood to the very end of Ramayana. It is a tale of a beautiful yet distressing love story of Lakshman and Urmila.
She was beautiful, warm, vibrant, and sparkling.
Urmila had an open, vivacious countenance, her oval face accentuated by a pair of wide spaced, big, flashing eyes, a trim, pert nose, full rose-bud lips which curved open and generously in a potently appealing smile and which none could resist.
The book also describes the relationship of four sisters, who were not sisters by blood, but the love they had for each other was unparalleled. The story tells you about the doom of the households of Urmila, whose husband decided to follow his brother into the exile and of Mandavi, whose husband willingly left her to do his penance on the banks of River Sarayu, for the pain his mother Kaikeyi had caused to his family. It shows you how their hopes and happiness were snatched away.
As Sita decides to go to the exile with her husband, Urmila makes a difficult decision to stay behind, in the gloomy palace of Ayodhya. All those aching 14 years she stood strong, waiting for her husband to return, and taking care of the palace, as an epitome of strength and conviction.
We are sure you will not be able to hold back your tears as you go on reading this heart-touching saga written by Kavita Kané, who is also the bestselling author of Karna’s Wife.