Book Review - The Girl Who Chose by Devdutt Pattanaik

"You are bound by rules, but not I. I am free to choose." - The Girl Who Chose

The Girl Who Chose, by Devdutt Pattanaik

Genre Mythology, Children's book
Price Rs. 199 (Review copy received as part of Flipkart Blogger Review Program)
Pages 112 pages
Format Paperback
Publisher Penguin Book India
Availability Flipkart IN
Rating  (5 Stars)

About The Author

Devdutt Pattanaik is a 45-year-old physicist, mythologist, and a writer, living in Mumbai, India. He is well known for his 30-authored books and several hundred articles, focused in the field of mythology and it’s relevance in modern day management, leadership and governance. He is amongst the most famous Indian writers in this field. His books speak volumes of his far-reaching research and study in Hindu mythology, which is relished by all generations, including the young and the old. Even though I have read just one other book by him, his media presence and affirmative reader reviews tells me he is a fine writer, admired by all.

Book Review

As an Indian, I grew up listening to a lot of stories about the Mahabharata and Ramayana, from grandparents, parents, and teachers. Since Mahabharata is set up in a battlefield, Ramayana - the story of Ram, Sita and Laxman, and the reason why we celebrate the festival of Diwali - was the one that reverberated in my young mind more. Ramayana, written by Valmiki around 2000 years ago, is the full poetic transcript on the life of Ram. But who was Sita? Why did she choose to leave the safety of her kingdom to go to a forest, and then get kidnapped by a demon? What happened to her after returning from exile of 14 years? These are some of the questions that stayed with me, but not many spoke or wrote about them. So when I received this book, as part of the Flipkart Blogger Review Program, I was thrilled to read and review it.

Mr. Pattnaik’s new book The Girl Who Chose, narrates how Sita’s 5 choices gave rise to the epic ancient tale in world literature – Ramayana. Regardless of your religious views and beliefs, this book relates an interesting saga, making it an interactive and informative tale for young children. It is the best of it’s kind in reciting a tale that was written 2000 years ago, and forms a big part of Indian cultural consciousness.

The author’s storytelling is simple and captivating, even for someone who finds mythology overwhelming. The book is a beautiful representation of our culture – sharing philosophies, conveying moral lessons and essentials to the young readers, without making it too complex. The book comprises of beautiful strips of illustrations arranged to form an enjoyable narration. As entertaining as it is for the little readers, it also serves as a great source of educational material for them. Browsing through children’s books at a library will make you realize how many stories are foreign, repetitive or dry; which makes this initiative and creativity of reproducing an ageless story commendable.

Final Thoughts

The Girl Who Chose - A new way of narrating the Ramayana, is a noteworthy book. Mr. Pattnaik’s efforts and creativity have been utilized to bring an age-old story, which recounts a fascinating tale and teaches meaningful life lessons, to the younger generation. The use of simple language and beautiful illustrations make it a likeable book for the young readers, educating them with several facts and essentials at the same time.

Do share your thoughts with me on the book or the subject; I would love to hear from you. Until next time, Happy Reading!

Love & Peace



  1. All the Reviews written by Shruti Bhutani are without any prejudice & written in a very fair manner .


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