Title- Ramayana-The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams
Author- Shubha Vilas
Publisher-Jaico Publishing House
The Blurb- 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.
My View- Ramayana is an epic in Indian history. Every time you read this wonderful saga you find some new facts and understand Life better.Yet again, the author has done a splendid job in explaining this larger than life story in a new avatar where the reader feels still attached to the roots and also can relate the facts to the present life.
The book pure essence is ‘Everything happens for a cause. There is a hidden reason behind every incident occurring in life.’ The book explain rightfully how Sita gets married to Ram. How Dasaratha got the name? Why Dasratha wanted only few people to attend the ceremony when he wants Rama, his eldest son to become the king?
The character sketch of old Dasaratha, grown up Rama and all such individual in the story is elucidated excellently. It feels like a movie running in front of your eyes.The human emotions are carried out really well. How Dasaratha feels while transfering his King duties to his son? How he feels when every person in Ayodhya is praising his son Rama? The pride of a father, the duties of a son, the obligations of a wife and the responsibilities as a human.
Once again, the footnotes leave an impression in the readers mind.I am sure while reading this book one has to read each and every page attentively and move further. You can’t skip and read in a broader level. Any reader can get many take away from the book.
The cover of the book is appropriately designed and suits the theme. Mainly in brown or orange it gives the onlooker a feeling of war, deprivation of all luxuries and something aggressive.
Overall, I must say this book is a must read because it talks about our own epic tastefully webbed around present life.
My rating on the scale of 5 is 4
Last but no least, thanks for this wonderful message. It always give a nice feeling to get something like this and of course a fresh start for the new year.
About the Author– Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions.
Read the review of Ramayana: The Game of Life:Rise of Sun Prince here