Friday, May 9, 2014

#BookReview: Rise of the Sun Prince (Ramayana: The Game of Life #1) by Shubha Vilas

Rise of the Sun Prince is written by Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and motivational speaker. This book is a modern rendition of the ancient Ramayana. Of late, a lot of people have started writing about and re-narrating the mythological stories, that one can be in a fix as to which author's story is nearest to the one that is believed to be authentic? I sure did have this concern but the same was erased when I read the blurb of the book. This is how it reads:
  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 mind to life's deepest questions.  The narrative closely follows Valmiki's 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 Dasaratha's leadership, Vishwamitra's 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. 
Another thing that drew me towards reading the book, is the author's credentials - a highly spiritual teacher who is bound to have years of research and knowledge behind writing this book.
A very simple yet detailed redition of the part one of our ancient scripture, the Ramayana, the book is written in a perfect manner of how stories should be.I would recommend this to be read to kids, the story is that simply, yet beautifully stated. With footnotes at the end of each page, the reading experience gets smoother, with the tidbits consisting of background and other information.
 This is how epic stories should be retold, in my opinion. Not by telling a whole new angle but telling the story that we have all heard, in a crisp narration. Rise of the Sun Prince is the first part of the 'Bala Kanda' of the story. The cover is very attractive and beautiful. It is a beautiful depiction of Ram and Lakshman guarding Vishwamitra's puja/hawan.
In my opinion, you like mythological stories or not, you have read Ramayana or not, you would surely enjoy reading  Rise of the Sun Prince.

Rating: ****/5

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