Hey, Ram!: Are you listening!! by Pushpa Bansal: BOOK REVIEW

Hey, Ram!: Are you listening!!

Title: Hey, Ram!: Are you listening!!
Author: Pushpa Bansal
Publisher: Notion Press

Blurb: “Hey, Ram! Do you remember me? Your Sita!” “Sita who?” “Come on! You can’t forget me so quickly! You, Lord Ram, the greatest king ever and the noblest man to have walked on earth, have you forgotten your obedient and subservient wife, an insignificant and dispensable being, the dirt under your feet?” “Oh yes! It is indeed you, Sita! My queen, my love, my life! But why do I sense a hint of sarcasm in your voice? I thought you would be delighted. You’ve gained so much through our marriage: wealth, respect, status, motherhood, and even divinity! But you seem to be complaining?” “Yes, my Swami, you are so right. I was really blessed to have you as my husband. I enjoyed the status of a maharani and a goddess. But what about my rights as your wife? What about my identity and dignity? What about my sufferings through indictment and banishment without even a trial? What about the sufferings of our sons who had to live like the destitute?” Thus explodes the volcano simmering inside the wife’s heart.

Hey, Ram!: Are you listening!!

However, she maintains her dignity as she bares her soul and confronts the system, lawmakers and guardians, leaving her mighty husband tight-lipped and speechless. A heart wrenching story of Sita seeking justice for herself and her sons, as she tries to surmise her identity and place in her family and society. A work of fictional poetry by Pushpa Bansal as she takes her first steps into the world of English literature.

Review: Hey, Ram!: Are you listening!! is a re-telling of the Ramayana from Sita’s point of view in the form of poetry. Actually, it isn’t exactly the re-telling but rather a narration of what the Author thinks the Devi might have gone through emotionally during her turbulent life.

This book was originally written in Hindi and later translated to English to reach a wider audience. While I have not read the Hindi version, I believe the book seems to have lost a little bit of charm during translation. But don’t let it hold you back from savoring this book. Why?

Because it still manages to engage you in its prowess. You can imagine yourself with Sita on the bare, hard ground for her second ‘vanvaas’ (exile). The book is strong, powerful and evokes all sorts of emotions inside you. And that is exactly why Hey, Ram!: Are you listening!! is a must read.

Rating: 4/5

Price: 200 INR on Kindle, 440 INR for a hardcover edition and 250 INR for a paperback edition.

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