Ramayana- The Game of Life 'Shattered Dreams' is the sequel of the national bestseller 'Rise of the Sun Prince'. It narrates the story of Rama and his exile for the 14 long years. This book is the second of the six-volume series and each book follows one khand of the original Ramayana. A great masterpiece by Shubha Vilas, narrated in an extremely skillful manner, to suit the taste of the modern day readers.
Ever since childhood, we have been hearing tales from epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and sacred books like the Bhagwad Gita. These are said to be the best sources of providing practical knowledge about life. Epics like these teach us the basics of management, leadership, politics and most importantly strategy. Wondering how? Well! I suggest you read any form of these at least once in your lifetime to get answers to your questions.
Shubha Vilas, through this book, has tried to genuinely explore the many dimensions of the epic connecting teachings and lessons with modern day life. He forces you to ponder upon these lessons which he clearly puts in the footnote. In one of the footnotes, he writes, "Life Ravana, everyone wants a life where fun is welcome, but punishment is not; enjoyment is welcome, but responsibility is not." and it does not end just there. In another footnote, I found another great lesson. Shubha Vilas writes, "Just as one has to bend to draw water from a deep well, a heart has to be humble to draw the best out of everyone." In today's world, we are so busy loving and valuing ourselves that we forget to respect and listen to what others have to say.
Today's generation fails to read the text beyond the lines and therefore, Shubha Vilas has tried to pen down not just the Ramayana as it is supposed to be but also to explore and reinvent the text between and beyond the lines. He has recreated Ramayana in such a beautiful manner that it feels like everything being spoken of has come to life in front of us. For every normal person, this epic has always been about Rama and Sita and a considerable portion about Hanumana and Ravana playing an important role. But, in Shubha Vilas's Ramayana, the epic is about eveyone else from Manthra, the evil traitor, Kaikeyi, the beautiful but selfish queen of Dashratha, Sumantra, the charioteer, to the sage turned golden deer, Ravana and Yama, the God of death himself.
|The Author- Shubha Vilas|
What I loved most in this book was those special sections, boxed ones. These sections give an in depth meaning of certain things that form an integral part of the Ramayana, such as, 'The meaning of true communication', 'Learnings from the volatile behavior of Lakshmana and the composed behavior of Rama', the four bejeweled lessons offered to the world by Rama through the story of Trijata, 'What really counts as truth', and many more.
It took me quite some time to write this review because I went back to read the first part of the series, 'Rise of the Sun Prince', not because I could not understand the second book without reading the first, but because this was a wonderful opportunity for me to read the Ramayana which I had anticipated for a long time. And after finishing both parts, all I can say now is that I can't wait to get my hands on the 3rd of the series already. This book is extremely breathtaking and makes a wonderful read.
RATING: Well! I would be a sinner if I attempt to rate any form of the Ramayana.
Hope you enjoyed reading this review and will enjoy reading the book equally.
Love You Lots and Best Wishes.
Stay Young, Stay Chic-ilicious... :)