Title: Ramayana: The Game of Life: Rise of the Sun Prince (Book 1)
Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Number of Pages: 252
Price: 250 [INR] Genre: Mythology
Epics like Ramayana have been re counter 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!
Ramayana: The Game of Life (Book 1), is a book skilfully retold for modern audiences from one of the world’s great literary masterpieces- the Ramayana. The Rise of the Sun Prince is the first part (Bala Kanda) of the Indian scripture as written by the sage Valmiki. It takes you through the divine story of Lord Rama from his birth and up to his marriage. When I took the book in hand, I thought Rama would be the real protagonist. But, you are in for a surprise as the real protagonist of this book is Vishwamitra and then Dasaratha.
I was already familiar with the basic plot of Ramayana, having heard the stories as bed time tales during my childhood. But little did I know that I knew only the main incidents or happenings that plays a big part in the epic. Why did the incident occur at the first place? Was there any viable reason behind it? And giving us an insight on the incident is what the author has done in the book. Consider for example, I never knew why Mantara hated Rama to plan him on sending for exile for 14 years. It was because of a simple small prank that Rama played in his childhood that made her hate him for more than two decades and send him for exile later.
There are many such exciting portions to read in the book – like how it becomes Valmiki’s responsibility to write the epic Ramayana, or the story of Ahalya turning into a stone, on how the Monkeys play a crucial role in Ravana’s death, the formation of Lanka, etc.
There are Life Lessons’ or ‘Sutras’ which are interpretations and are depicted as a footnote on almost every page which helps you understand the story. And the Laws of Progressive Living is one such chapter that helps in relating the story with our own lives.
I liked the simplicity of the book and it definitely is a must-read. It is not just another Ramayana story and the readers will not be disappointed with the content. It makes an interesting read to all, despite of their age. Jaico Publishers has come out with an attractive eye-catching cover page which prepares you to the adventures awaiting inside.
Thanks to Blogadda and Shubha Vilas for giving an opportunity to review the book.
I can give 4 stars out of 5