During the past couple of years, people began to show a tremendous interest towards books that dealt with historical fiction. This scenario encouraged many aspiring writers to spin a mind-blowing narrative with well-known Indian classics and mythology as its background. This scenario made me realize the importance of revisiting Indian epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. The thought has been going on in my mind for sometime, and that is when I received the copy of the second installment of Ramayana: The Game of Life – Shattered Dreams. Thanks to Blogadda for sending this wonderful book for review.
The story talks elaborately on Dasaratha’s decision to make Ram the king of Ayodhya, and the circumstances that leads to Ram’s exile into the forest for 14 years. The book concentrates towards the Dasaratha’s emotions to a greater extent. His decision to crown Ram as the king of Ayodhya; his honor in fulfilling his promise to Kaikeyi; and, his heartbreak when Kaikeyi tells Ram about banishing him to the forest for 14 years. In my perspective Dasaratha and Kaikeyi’s episode is the key to Ramayana becoming an epic adventure. And, the part was handled really well in the book.
The book provides footnotes where ever necessary, and also includes questions and answers reflecting the true meaning behind the series of incidents that is happening in the story.
However, my opinion is, the pace of the story could have been a bit faster. A major part of the book deals with the emotional states of Dasaratha, Ram, and other characters of the book. However, the author could have sped it up towards the last few chapters. Ending the book with the kidnapping of Sita would’ve created a huge anticipation for the next installment of the book. Instead of telling the readers that an epic adventure is going to begin, the author could have included the incident that will blow people’s mind and make them look for answers in the upcoming book. However, this is just my opinion.
On the whole, Ramayana: The Game of Life – Shattered Dreams is a nice read with a smooth narration, featuring a lot of intricate details. Will definitely look forward to read the next installment of the book. Even though I’ve read the story so many times, a fresh and different perspective is what I look forward to. And, the book didn’t fail me in giving that.
Shuba Vilas, the author of the book, is a spiritual speaker, and motivational speaker from Mumbai. The book is published by Jaico Publishing, and is available in all major book stores and online shopping sites.
Title: Shattered Dreams, Book 2
Series: Ramayana: The Game of Life
Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Mythology/ Self Help
ISBN 13: 9788184955316
Number of pages: 387
Price: Rs 350