Saturday, August 16, 2014

Book Review- The Game of Life: Rise of Sun Prince

Title- Ramayana-The Game of Life: Rise of Sun Prince
Author- Shubha Vilas
Publisher-Jaico Publishing House
Genre- Mythology
The Blurb- Ramayana: The Game of Life (Book 1), one of the world's great literary masterpieces, skillfully retold for modern audiences. Epics like the Ramayana have been recounted 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 relevant. This new series of books, each following one khand of the Ramayana, decodes the eternal wisdom of that poetic scripture through gripping narrative and thought-provoking instruction. In the time-honored custom of spreading wisdom through tales, every fascinating story in the epic is retold here and every character unfolded to captivate your heart and open your mindto lifes deepest questions.

The narrative closely follows Valmikis Ramayana, gently weaving in folk tales as well as the beautiful analogies of the Kamba Ramayana. The first of this six-volume series, Rise of the Sun Prince, takes you through the divine story of Lord Rama from His birth up to His marriage. Through these pages are revealed the tales of Dasarathas leadership, Vishwamitras quest for power and the intriguing story of a little-known stone maiden. Ramayana: The Game of Life has all of this and much more - food for contemporary thought drawn from an enduring masterpiece.

My View- The genre is Mythology. The book tells the already told and heard story of Ramayana again but in a different style. The author has unique style of writing. Though I have read Ramayana lot many tines but this story definitely seems always fresh. This book is distinctive because the author has woven the instances of Ramayana to the common man life.
The analogy present in the foot notes be it extracts from vedic literature or a philosophical explanation given to human behavior is extraordinary.
The description of places and every character is life like. Personally, what I liked the most in the book is Lord Rama is alone not the hero. Every character from Valmiki, to King Dashratha is explained as heroes of their own life.

The cover of the book is appropriately designed and suits the theme. Its colorful with different hues of violet greens and yellows. It relates to something mystical and Supreme.
Sometimes, I felt the content explanations are over exaggerated. But then I also feel that a novel in which a powerful story like Ramayana is told it is justifiable to explain it with the web of more words.
Overall, I must say this book is a must read because it covers Indian culture and also relates very well to own life.
Read this , if you are interested in Indian Culture and have a great interest in Philosophy. For others if you want to have a different genre from fiction you can give this a try.

About the AuthorShubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions.

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