Book Journey: Ramayana The Game of Life by Shubha Vilas

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Ramayana The Game of Life Shattered Dreams by Shubha Vilas

Genre: Mytholology
Book Name: Ramayana: The Game of Life
Shattered Dreams #2
Author: Shubha Vilas
Pages: 387
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

The book – “Ramayana: The Game of Life Shattered Dreams” mentions Ramayana in a more purist form. It presumes the original story in a raw sense by following up on the story of Valmiki’s Ramayana. It keeps changes in the scenes to a minimum and does not resort to imagination or twisting facts to cater to popular cravings. To state the unspoken fact, Ramayana and Mahabharata are two epics which do not need any amendment in the content for they have tales from all angles of emotions – sacrifice, anger, love, drama, etc.

If one has not read the first book, one may feel apprehensive in directly starting with the 2nd part. However, we have all grown up with tales of Ramayana and it never feels like you have missed out sections of the fable. The Indian myth has so much to offer that every new book you will come across, there will be a new perspectives, and at times, even new fragments you will come to know.

The author Shubha Vilas describes each passage in an eloquent way with quips and insights of wisdom to draw parallel in real life. Examples:
Convenience is about changing the law to suit your life but maturity is about changing your life to salute the law.
The ghost of mad desires becomes a vampire that sucks the blood of others.
Trying to make destiny respond to our urgency or shape it to our needs is like breaking an egg to hasten the hatching process.

Trying to make destiny respond to our urgency or shape it to our needs is like breaking an egg to hasten the hatching process. And almost every page has bounty of wisdom to offer. However, this made it seem more like a moral science lesson we learnt as kids and loses the touch for a light read. Either one misses out on the content or the analogies drawn to explain some real life construct.

To conclude, the author has done extensive research on the subject (the storyline and the characters) and deserves applause for putting it in a well versed manner to the readers.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
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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About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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