Firstly I admit that I am a great fan of Amish’s work and I really love Amish first Book “The Immortals of Meluha”, So I my exception was much higher, but I ain’t satisfied. I wont more, Still I love this book too. The way Amish has taken every characters from Ramayana and given his vision is beautiful, specially I love characters of Lakshmana and Bharat.
The narration begins with the battle of Karachapa, in which the unconquerable chakravarti king Dashrath is defeated by the king of Lanka, Raavan. Coincidentally, on the same day Ram is born to Kaushalya, the eldest wife of Dashrath. Dashrath is convinced that Ram is born with a bad karma and is a bad omen, as on the day of his birth he lost his battle.
Ram is as expected a man who loves to follow law and can do anything to protect the law, but Bharat is completely a different man from Ram, he is rebellious, Casanova type, but loves his elder brother Ram more than everyone. Lakshmana was the shadow of Ram who’s aim is save his brother from every unforeseen event. Ravan, a man of ego, brave and warrior. Sita, lady who can fight with the world for justice. Ram admiring Sita the first time he see her, Sita standing bold in the market place saving a teenage. Amish’s imaginations of inheriting Draupadi’s swayambar from Mahabharat into Sita’s Swayambar. Amish has brought into focus many of the social norms like caste system. Why birth should not be important but the actions should be important. He does open debate against polygamy just for political alliance.
The concept is beautiful, but my problem is with the flow of the story, some times I feel the descriptions were lengthier, and discussion between characters has taken place much mare space. overall I love the book and recommended to read it to all.
3400 BCE. INDIA
Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram.
He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he, against the darkness of chaos.
Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfil the destiny of the Vishnu?