Ramayana: The Game of Life by Shubha Vilas
Book I: Rise of the Sun Prince
Rise of the Sun Prince by Shubha Vilas is the first of six part series titled Ramayana: The Game of Life. The book is published by JAICO.
This is the second book review on my blog. I love reading books. The first book that I reviewed was ‘Carnival’by Litizen Shorts. Being a beauty addict, I don’t know if I can write a professional book review but I wish to improve my skills and I will be expressing my views on the book. I got an autographed copy of the book from Blogadda and since it was an autographed copy, it immediately became close to my heart. Thank you Blogadda!!
I am not a person who is keen on mythology or legendary stories. I have read great stories like Ramayana and Mahabharata in our traditional literature, I have watched them in serials and I have heard my grandma’s version of it. My love for mythological books started with the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi. I read the three books The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of Nagas and The Oath of Vayuputhras and I started loving Indian Mythology. By the time I reached the end of the book; I developed a strong worship towards Lord Shiva. (That reminds me I didn’t review the series, huh!!)
Shubha Vilas has retold Ramayana via this book and the first question that pops into our mind is what makes this book different. I had the same doubt in my mind until I finished reading this.
ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT LITERARY MASTERPIECES, SKILLFULLY RETOLD FOR MODERN AUDIENCES
Epics like the Ramayana have been recounted infinite times. Is there a need for another chronicle in the presence of so many? How is this one different? And is it relevant to our ever-changing modern lives?
Yes, there is a need; yes, this is different; and yes, it is most relevant! This new series of books, each following one khand of the Ramayana, decodes the eternal wisdom of that poetic scripture through gripping narrative and thought-provoking instruction. In the time-honored custom of spreading wisdom through tales, every fascinating story in the epic is retold here and every character unfolded to captivate your heart and open your mind to life’s deepest questions.
The narrative closely follows Valmiki’s Ramayana, gently weaving in folk tales as well as the beautiful analogies of the Kamba Ramayana. The first of this six-volume series, Rise of the Sun Prince, takes you through the divine story of Lord Rama from His birth up to His marriage.
Through these pages are revealed the tales of Dasaratha’s leadership, Vishwamitra’s quest for power and the intriguing story of a little-known stone maiden. Ramayana: The Game of Life has all of this and much more – food for contemporary thought drawn from an enduring masterpiece.
About the Author:
Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions.
Title: Ramayana- The Game of Life: Rise of the Sun Prince (Book 1)
Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Number of Pages: 256
My Take on Rise of the Sun Prince:
The cover image of the book is very attractive and colourful. The cover illustrates Rama and Lakshmana protecting Sage Valmiki’s rites from the demons – Maricha and Subahu. The book is divided into nine chapters. The author has written this book in a powerful yet simple language. People of all age groups can easily grasp this book.
The book portrays Bala Kand i.e. The childhood of Lord Rama and this book tells the story of Lord Rama from his birth to his marriage. The narrative closely follows Valmiki’s Ramayana in combination with the Kamba Ramayana.
The Author says that Ramayana is not a normal mythological book but a way of life. He describes the roles and relations we perform in a society like the king, father, brother, husband etc. and explains the principles that revolve around it. Most of us know the story of Ramayana but this book covers many hidden facts or things that we are unaware about. For instance: The story behind how Valmiki Maharishi got the name emerging from an ant hill, Dasaratha’s 350 Wives, The demons – Maricha and Subahu and so on.
Once I started reading this book, I got hooked to it and the imagination of the events told came beautifully to my mind. Along with reading the book you get a picturesque idea. I didn’t even skip a page. It never bored me. I learnt many new things like how the sons of Dasaratha got their names and it definitely adds to my knowledge. The entire book is very thought provoking.
The narrative is clear and engaging. The story starts with the definition of a hero. I expected Lord Rama to be the hero and to my surprise Sage Vishwamithra is the hero.
The foot notes are relevant and compelling. The footnotes are doors to the wisdom and provide insights on various relationships but at times it hindered the flow of the story and lead to distraction.There are some folktales in this book with twists and surprises. You will love discovering these stories.
The description of the characters and the mighty kingdom of Ayodhya is too good and makes real sense. I feel being in the age of technology, some events are miraculous to believe. The love and bonding between Lord Rama and Sita is mentioned through their appearances alone and not via the qualities they possess. Also Ravana’s appearance is limited in this book.
Overall, I am fascinated with this book and looking forward for some delightful reads in the upcoming books.
Ramayana with 24,000 poetic verses which describes the life of Lord Rama has been condensed into six books by the author Shubha Vilas. Six is a big number. It could have been three or four but nothing wrong if all the books maintain the enthusiasm of the readers like this one.
The second book called ‘Shattered Dreams’ shall follow soon. I think the author Shubha Vilas has done a great job in presenting the mythological tale in a whole new unique manner.
My rating: 4/5
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