My Review of the Book – “Ramayana – The Game of Life – Shattered Dreams – Book-2” by Shubha Vilas
Being
an avid writer on religion and rituals, more as a critic than as a supporter, I
was a bit skeptic when I was offered to review this particular book. The
skepticism was borne not out of my short of confidence in my reading virtues
but from the fact that how would I, more of a rationalist thinker, would relate
to a book on mythology.
However,
as I started reading it, my apprehensions were laid to rest, because I found
the author narrating lucidly the life history of a part of one of the biggest
mythological stories ever written and also linking it quite easily relating to
the problems and predicaments that we so commonly face in our daily life.
To
being with, to give a brief synopsis of what to expect from this book, I need
to say that this book, Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national
bestseller, Rise of the Sun Prince, which is an innovative writing experience
by Shubha Vilas in his adventure of trying to present the new spiritual and
motivational series Ramayana – The Game of Life.
Though
I have not read the first book in this series, from the first page itself, as a
reader, I could very easily relate that it takes up from where the first book
ended with the narration of the twelve joyful years of the wedded life of Rama
and Sita in Ayodhya. I felt that the narrative has been quite sublime to get the
reader involved in the story without leaving a void to be required to think of
what must have happened in the prequel.
In this
book, Shubha Vilas attempts to narrate the volatile drama of the reasoning and
the logic as well as the circumstances behind Rama’s exile to the forest for 14
years. The author also tries to bring out the wavering thoughts in the minds of
Rama and his younger brother while preparing for the exile which makes the
reader understand the complexities of human relationship in a very subtle and
simple manner.
Since,
the author has not dared to deviate from the original epic, being Valimiki’s
“Ramayana” as the guiding force and light and the inspiration behind his
narration, it gives the reader an aura of mythological contentment and glee of
being able to imagine the religious gods that they adore and adulate while at
the same time understand the complex nature of the reasoning and logic behind
every action, which may seem to us at first attempt to be absolutely wrong and
treacherous.
Shubha
Vilas has been very successful in quoting and in trying to entwine in between
the poetic verses from the Ramcharitmanasas too, without being too
philosophical in his narration. The poetic narrations and their explanations
provided by the author aptly strikes a chord in the reader’s mind as to how
much relevance this ancient epic holds in our modern life.
The
author, being a motivational speaker himself, by profession, seems to have
mastered the art of preaching through his words, how to handle the various
vices that we come across life, like temptation and also how to stand steadfast
in case of any major reversals in life. The actions of Bharata and the persona
of Rama and Lakshmana as narrated herein are leading examples of the above. It
also attempts to show us by way of narration of Sita’s courage, how easily and
comfortably we should be willing to adopt and explore beyond our known
boundaries, the well defined comforts of life that we become so used to.
The
anti-heroes have also been given apt coverage whether it is the painful
explanation of the internal turmoil of Dasaratha or the vengeful actions of
Kaikeyi or even while getting the readers into the minds of Ravana.
All in
all, after reading this book, I felt that the author has done an extensive and
epic research of the subject and has augured well to present to the readers the
basic reasoning and explanations for the actions and inactions of each and
every character in the story.

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