Review : Ramayana–The Game of Life : Rise of the Sun Prince
This is first for me in terms of writing down about a book. I have tried my best to give out my views on this and hopefully, I will get better on this too.
Title: Rise of the Sun Prince – Ramayana: The Game of Life – Book 1
Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Price: Rs 250
Ramayana is one of the greatest Hindu epics along with the other Hindu epic Mahabharata. Ramayana is a compound of the words Rama and ayana, which means Rama’s journey or the saga of Lord Rama. Ramayana was originally written by Valmiki consists of 24000 verses across 640 chapters and 6 books. The Valmiki Ramayana is dated to somewhere around 500BC to 100BC.
The Rise of the Sun Prince tries to bring out Ramayana in a way which is entertaining to the heart. It draws extensively from Valmiki Ramayana’s Bala Kanda and talks about the struggles of an imperfect teacher, the ever-angry sage, who gives his best to rise from being an imperfect teacher to a focused spiritualist – Vishwamitra.
The book starts with Valmiki Muni and Narada Muni discussing about who the person in this world, who has good virtues and also at the same time, he is powerful, grateful, truthful and displays exemplary conduct. Narada Muni then talks about Lord Rama and his saga and narrates the entire Ramayana to Valmiki Muni and Valmiki muni writes the epic – Ramayana.
I feel good somehow that I started my review with this book. As a kid, along with the family, I used to watch Ramayana on Doordarshan. The book got me to know more about Valmiki Muni, Vishwamitra Muni, Vasistha muni and many more.
The narration is apt and the details keep us readers hooked to the book. Almost every page has a footnote, which talks about the wisdom which can be incorporated to our life and also gives us additional information. The hero in the book is Vishwamitra Muni and the chapters where Vishwamitra Muni is in, how he trains Rama and Lakshmana were very interesting to read on.
It talks about how Vishwamitra wanted Lord Rama and Lakshmana to defeat Maricha and Subahu, how he became Brahmarishi, the various events till the marriage, the story of Mithila and also briefly tells us about Ravana and his siblings.
The book ends with the marriage of Lord Rama and Sita and also gives a chapter from the next book to keep wanting from more.
For me, it is a book which has been given a bit of modern touch to the epic Ramayana. Crisp yet covering the required details for each of the characters and events. I would definitely move on to read the next book in this series. I rate it 4 out of 5.
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