Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: Ramayana-The game of life : shattered Dreams

Author:  Shubha Vilas
Price: 350

Having read Ramayana quite a few times,I did not expect this book to be much different.but when I read this book, It came as a pleasant surprise to me since the writer has given minute details of this saga and the lessons of life that keeps us inspired and learn a lot
I had not read the first book.but since I was well versed with the story of Ramayana, I did not feel any disconnect with the sequel.
this book is the sequel to , rise of the sun prince which was a national bestseller.Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodhya since the wedding of Rama and Sita at the end of Book 1.
the plot of the book starts post marriage of Ram and Sita till the the departure of Ram on his 14 year exile.
written by Shubha Vilas, this book is spiritual and inspirational.taking example from this epic saga, author has put foot notes filled with wisdom and how to deal with the every situation whether good or bad, that comes in our lives.

The book starts with Dasaratha's desire of making Ram as his successor. the whole kingdom rejoices and starts preparations for the big ceremony. the evil Manthara then plots her thoughts in Keikeyi's mind to make Bharat as king and not Ram. Keikeyi falls prey to human desires and love for her own children. she goes to the king and taking advantage of the boons that Dasaratha has granted her, asks him to send Rama on exile and make Bharath as king of Ayodhya. the helpless king could not back out from his words and grants her wish. Ram is sent to jungle and Sita and Lakshaman follow him.
Bharath gets agitated when he comes to know of his mothers deeds and goes to jungle to bring the rightful king back to rule. Ram and Bharat unite and Bharat pleads him to return. Ram denies and asks Bharath to respect the leaders decision and go back and rule Ayodhya as a king. Bharat goes back taking Ram's padukas and vows to rule under them till Ram returns and takes his spot.

Its not the story that has any difference, its the way its told is what make this book unique. The extreme detailing and the interpretation of every situation gives a lot of learning. how the human minds work and how we need to control our desires and follow the right path is explained very well in every teaches us how to handle desires and temptations, remain positive in all situations, Sita's willingness to join her husband in the exile showed the true meaning of 'ardhangini', which means means 'half-body'. the younger brothers Lakshamana's respect for his elder brother Ram , Bharat's honesty in leaving the crown which belonged to Ram and A fathers emotions on seeing his own child being taken away from him

No doubt the book is must read for a motivational journey. you will be left with positive thoughts and look at your life in a different perspective .

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