February 21, 2015

Book Review : Ramayana : The Game of Life (Book 2) Shattered Dreams

This happens to be the first book which I read in among the series, thanks to the review program of Blogadda. I have ended up being curious to read the previous one just as I am looking forward for the next one.
The book takes us deep into the core of Ramanaya and shows the essence of this magnificent epic. As we know, Ramanaya teaches us mainly about the various roles one comes across in a life time -  husband, brother, father, wife etc.  The one thing that I have promised myself would be to recommend it to the new generation who is losing grip of the magnificent epic. This book hence bridges the gap from achieving the pristine knowledge that epics deliver. I would read it myself to my kids in future to ensure that the values in relationships and life are instilled in them. No wonder that the author’s grandmother inspired him to come up with this.

The style of narration and the arrangement of contents are apt. some sub-points, though expressed truly seems to deliver discouragement but they can be rectified by offering solutions to get across them. There are also some places where I think the analogies are not well matched. This book combines spiritual knowledge and mental empowerment. And I do wish similar books be released for other epics such a Mahabharata.

The author, I believe has not deviated at all from the original context and that marks the success of this book. The message, which is more important than the story has been beautifully presented while keeping the reader hooked with flawless storyline.

Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national bestseller, Rise of the Sun Prince, in the new spiritual and motivational series Ramayana - The Game of Life. Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodhya since the wedding of Rama and Sita at the end of Book 1.

Now, in Shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama’s exile. Through tales of Rama’s unwavering and enigmatic persona, the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively; through Bharata’s actions, it teaches us to handle temptation; and through Sita’s courage, to explore beyond our comfort zone. This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail. 

With Valmiki’s Ramayana as its guiding light, Shattered Dreams deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitramanas, as well as folk philosophy from the Loka Pramana tales, to demonstrate how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. Experience the ancient saga of the Ramayana like never before.

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