Book Review: Ramayana Stolen Hope by Shubha Vilas

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Ramayana The Game of Life Stolen Hope by Shubha Vilas

Genre: Mythology
Book Name: Ramayana The Game of Life
Stolen Hope, Book#3
Author: Shubha Vilas
Pages: 307
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

Ask anyone about Ramayana, and who will not remember the main storyline. However, since Ramayana is an epic, there are many branches and stories within a story. Although they all collude to the main storyline, we morsels cannot think of reading it in its true form. I am reminded of those school days when we hated Shakespeare’s books (ICSE school students). Thankfully, we were never forced to read Ramayana during school days since we would not have fathomed the depth of each story.

Shubha Vilas constructs the story – the many tidbits in a simple and fluent manner. However, it could have been more engaging had the stories been more inter-linked rather than jumping from one chapter to another. Don’t know if the actual Ramayana too was a one-sided affair, where the other (so called negative) characters (e.g. Ravana) did not get a fair chance to present themselves.

Overall a good read compared to the Ramayana series showing on TV these days which are made more dramatic.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and the trickery, the praise and the slander and, above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of the Exiled Royals.

Stolen Hope is about extreme deception and extreme love. It is about arrogant power and deep devotion. With every twist and turn, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana find themselves robbed of whatever and whoever they value most.

Exploring the dynamics of human relations – between father and son, husband and wife, teacher and disciple – and the complex game of power and greed, Stolen Hope mirrors our own dilemmas in the modern world and teaches us how we must overcome them.

Seek courage when everything, including hope, is stolen.

About the author:
Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law.

In essence, he is an author, a motivational speaker, lifestyle coach and a storyteller par excellence. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses.

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Rating: 8/10

About Alka

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

Posted on February 5, 2016, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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