My novel about the Ramayana is about to come out soon in India. In January 2019, to be precise.
It’s written in Sita’s voice.
I’ve been planning this book for about ten years, ever since my novel on the Mahabharat, The Palace of Illusions, was published. It’s the longest I’ve ever spent obsessing over a book.
I was very excited when I finally figured out the title, The Forest of Enchantments. A title is so importance. It creates a tone. A mood. A pattern of light and sound.
I’m excited, but I’m also nervous. You never know how people will respond to something you hold so close to your heart.
The Indian Express asked me, Why Sita?
Here’s part of my answer: “Sita has haunted me ever since I was a girl and first heard the fascinating, multifaceted story of the Ramayana from my grandfather.
As a young woman, I wasn’t particularly fond of Sita. Perhaps, this was because I was instructed so often by my elders to be like her. I was told she was devoted and long-suffering, that she put up with all the troubles heaped upon her by life. She didn’t rebel, didn’t fight back. She got along, meekly, with everyone around her, and willingly sacrificed her happiness for their sake.
But in spite of my teenage dismissal of her, I couldn’t forget Sita. There was something mysterious and slippery about her which I couldn’t quite grasp but which fascinated me. What was it exactly?”
To read the rest of the article, go to https://indianexpress.com/article/express-sunday-eye/from-darkness-into-light-5431633/
Let me know what you think.
PS. I’ll be touring India in Jan 2019. City details are on this website, under Upcoming Events. I’d love to see you at an event. Really. I’m nervous when I travel and it’s helpful to have friendly, positive people at the readings. If you attend, be sure to come up and say hello.