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Ramayana – The Game of Life : Shattered Dreams (Book 2)

on February 9, 2015
My Book Copy From Blogadda

My Book Copy From Blogadda

Most of us are well versed with the epic of Ramayana. I thought of re-reading this epic from Shubha Vilas’s point of view. Shubha Vilas is a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker who holds a degree in engineering and law. This book is Part 2,  a sequel of Rise of the Sun Prince , where the author begins from the exile of Rama from Ayodhya. I have not read Part 1 of the series yet but : A) I did not find any difficulty in reading Part 2 ; B) I will surely read Part 1 now.

The most desirable thing about the book was inspite of knowing the entire story and what will happen next the author was able to hold my interest till the end of the book. The conversation between the characters were written so nicely as if I could hear them speaking before me. The most interesting conversation was between Manthra and Queen Kaikeyi when Manthra poured her venomous thoughts in Kaikeyi’s mind and that’s where the epic takes a u-turn. Had Kaikeyi was not influnced by the humpbacked Manthra the series of events which followed later would have never taken place.

Secondly, what distinguishes this book from other narration of epics is the author’s illustrations in the form of footnotes and drawing a relation between the lives of those mythological characters and a common man of today. The author went beyond and compared human feelings with objects and described how we should handle our day today life. For example: When Manthra suggests Kaikeyi to sit in isolation and weep to hover the mind of King Dasratha and then ask for the boons, the author describes that in a conversation or in our thinking process our surrounding plays a major role. He explains why a bar or pub is dark or dim lighted to tune our mind accordingly. He describes anger as a flower vase thrown on someone where the vase will break and the person will get hurt. Such small and real life experiences given by the author provokes us to live a positive life. However at some points I felt that instead of author spoon feeding a thought into us, the reader should have been left free to think and analyse.

Re-reading of this epic made me come across many small tales within which I had not heard before or had forgotten. For example : why was King Dasarath named so ? How did Ravan got his name ? From where did Puspak Viman came ? Thanks to the author for telling us so many stories once again.

Well there were few parts which I did not like much. According to author King Dasratha was both happy and jealous when he announced Rama’s coronation news to his subjects and they took Rama’s name in unison as their next King. According to me King Dasratha was a man of intellect and a loving father who could not have been jealous of his own son under any circumstances. Then at another point author describes the beauty of Rama and writes girls are crazy for him. I personally found this very demeaning  for a character of Rama for whom we have respect and worship him. Instead the girls or women may be ‘mesmerised’ of Rama’s beauty would have been a better depiction.

Overall the book was a good read and a recap of the old epic in today’s time when we are slowly forgetting the values we have been taught in our childhood. Lastly, I would like to thank Blogadda for giving me this copy of the book to read and review. It was surely an enriching experience for me.

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