Uttara: The Book of Answers

Love and bonding, sacrifice and bliss in Ramayana all ends with the end of Lanka khand as Uttara Khand in Valmiki’s Ramayana contains many unthinkable incidents which puts question mark on Ram as a god and Ram as our hero.

Rama banishes his beloved Sita into the forest; Rama kills Shambuka, a low caste man practising austerities that are above his station; Rama is reunited with his sons during a sacrifice at which he loses his wife forever; Rama watches over the death of his devoted brother Lakshmana who knowingly submits to a curse that will take his life.

In Uttara, Arshia Sattar exquisitely captures the heady delights of the original text in all its sensuous, colourful detail—frenzied battles, simmering intrigue, lustful demons and the final and tragic act in Rama and Sita’s love story. But the Uttara Kanda raises more questions than it answers and Sattar’s accompanying essays skillfully explore the shattering consequences of Rama’s actions even as they unravel the complex moral universe of the Ramayana.

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Ritu Mantri

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