By Chandana Krishnamurthy on July 13, 2015
Banks of the Tamasa is a brilliant work by Vandana Nittor.
Her portrayal of Sita from the ageless epic and redefining the perception of a woman who is constrained by the boundaries of relationships is awe inspiring.
Sita's triumph over her battles and fears ,her philosophical journey inward in finding herself and her self worth ,while she gracefully embraces her role as a nurturer and ultimately being defined by a purpose of life that is her own is a fulfilling path that every woman would want to embark on.
This new age conception of Sita is an inspiration to every woman and her struggles are something all of us can identify with.
All the philosophical discussions in this book exudes wisdom and opens up arenas in mind for reasoning and finding your own answers.
Food for your soul !! Looking forward to read more from this amazing author ...
The book is a great read that would make you more sagacious and the wisdom imparted by the writer becomes a part of you !!
By Dilip Keshu on January 21, 2016
Gorgeous book. The Introduction is simply a masterpiece of literature even if just 4 pages long. Tells the story of Sita, the wife of Rama (of the Ramayana legend which is familiar to around 1 billion people). She was abucted by an evil king, Ravana, and Rama saves her - much like Helen of Troy. The twist in this novel is that it is a story about Sita.
Magnificent prose - "With the vague fatigue of burdensome gratitude that coaxes the unwilling spirit to place one weary footstep before the other, ..." Don't we alll know and feel that sometimes? The book sucks you in. It is a thoughtful read so do not try and speed-read it.
By Aruna on July 3, 2015
Brilliant rendering of the part of Sita’s life, which has not been popularized in our mythologies. For a lot of us, Sita’s story ceased after she is left at Valmiki’s hermitage. Although the story of her twin sons born at the hermitage has been staple fodder in our growing-up years, the story of Sita herself has not been explored. In this imaginative portrayal of Sita, Vandana Nittoor lends iron to Sita’s character, brings out her inner journey to discover HER life, her purpose. While Rama has been commonly used as the symbol of the ideal man, could this SIta be the symbol for the modern woman? Her meanderings does find resonance in today’s woman. Many of us will see ourselves in this story.
By Pooja Devika on Nov 23, 2015
A beautiful gentle book on love, forgiveness and everything in between. We grow when we stop playing the victim, we live when we refuse to wallow in self pity. This for me was the essential take home message. I usually jot down my favourite lines from books in my reading journal and I found myself doing quite a bit of this from Banks of the Tamas. There is some repetition however but it is to be understood as the central theme of the book is forgiveness and accepting one as being worthy of love. The ending was unconventional and
unexpected but was nevertheless a good conclusion.
By Rani on Sep 15, 2015
A well written and engaging book. I liked that its philosophical themes were presented in a fictional format so that it was more engaging. Most philosophy books are too dry for my taste.
By Carol on July 31, 2015
A STORY OF STRENGTH, LOVE, AND FAMILY. SITA IS A STRONG MAIN CHARACTHER. THERE IS MUCH TO LEARN FROM FOLK TALES. I DO RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, I'M VERY SURE YOU'LL ENJOY IT.