Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Book Review: Ramayana - The Game of Life : The Shattered Dreams

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.

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 Review:

The story begins with Dasaratha’s nightmare on a restless night and ends with Rama, Sita and Lakshmana leaving towards the Dandakaranya forest. The story revolves around Lord Rama's coronation. It narrates the changes in the situations and events that leads to Lord Rama's exhile, Dhritrahstra's decision and kaykei's wish. The author has liad emphasis on every character in the book. He has also described about the coming of Ravana.
 The Ramayana is explained with a modern touch. There are many books available in the market which narrates the story of Ramayana but this book is different from others. It is the narrating style of the author which keeps the reader intrigued. The book has managed very well to build the interest of the readers.  The book also reveals some stories and events in Ramayana which we hardly knew before. The description of hell, through Ravana's visit there  would give every reader Goosebumps.
 The book teaches you the many important lessons of life.  There is a lot to learn from this book. Some of things which surely makes the book  famous are The ideal behavior of an individual towards the situation and other people, how to look at the positive aspect of life, no matter what the situation is. The book teaches you to never  lose hope.  The author has narrated various incidents in the book which an individual can easily connect with his/her life and how to face the circumstances without losing hope. The footnotes make for excellent reading to understand the underlying message behind each of the stories in the Ramayana.  There are many lessons mentioned in the book  such as the five management mantras towards great leadership, solutions to success, and the six anarthas which should be read by everyone for the efficient management of his/her life.

Over all a good read and my rating for the book is 3.75/5



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