Thirty decades after her translation of Valmiki’s Ramayan, Arshia Sattar retells this epic for children. The Ramayan obviously never gets old. This past weekend, when I took the sumptuously illustrated book of many rakshasas home, my eight-year-old’s eyes gleamed; it was then beyond argument who would have first dibs on it.
Sattar, according to the publisher’s description, remains true to Valmiki’s version of this variously interpreted text. It’s interesting then that Lakshmana is shown in a much better light in the story than his elder brother. Read more