by Shubha Vilas
An Indian legend, retold.
This book is written by a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker. Therefore, you should not expect this book to tell you the already existing story in the same old manner. This book has been written in a fantastic way, leaving the correct void at the correct places for you to contemplate about life. It fuels the wisdom that resides within each one of us.
The narrative is easy to comprehend and written in a manner which can be addictive if you are fan of this genre. The book is crisp and gives you the relevant information and pearls of wisdom wherever needed. In short, this book is complete in itself. If you are reading Ramayan for the first time, this is not going to be hard.
Theme and Setting
This is a recount of the epic Ramayan. It establishes the might of both the protagonist and the antagonist.
The book starts with the background of Ved Vyasa, the author of Ramayana. This book of the six-part series tells the story of the birth of Ram and his nuptial bliss.
The book revolves around how God and the Demigod are established. It beautifully describes the benevolence and strength of king Dashrath, who fathers Ram. Ram was a result of the great rituals that his father performed. He gets everything from his father and proves to be a great son.
Ravan, on the other hand, is a result of his father’s curse to his mother. Even though Ravan has always been portrayed as evil, he has been a great worshiper of the Lord. He was taught, by his mother, the right things for the wrong purposes. The narrative gives a hint of how Ravan’s pride and ignorance was the reason for his downfall.
The book then carefully takes the reader to the minute details of Ram’s growing up years. The description is remarkable, and as I said, makes the reader think and connect to very easily.
I like this particular genre of writing. I am off lately reading a lot of recount of the epics. This is a good read if you like this genre. If you read this book without any notion about any characters of the Ramayan, then the narrative might be a bit disappointing for it draws a very strong line between the good and the evil. The author should have left the void here as well for his modern readers to decide about the rights and the wrongs, the good and the evil.
The book has given me a lot of facts about this Legend of the Indian mythology, about which I was still unaware of. One thing is for sure that this is a good read.