Despite mythology not really being my genre, I braved and read “The Ramayana The Game of Life- Stolen Hope” by Shubha Vilas. And I must say I was pleasantly surprised that by the time I reached the end of the book, I was pretty pleased with myself. I not only enjoyed the experience but was also able to soak in some essential values it brought out.
The Stolen Hope is a part of the Ramayana Series. The earlier parts were Rise of the Sun Prince and Shattered Dreams.
I was initially apprehensive about going head on first with the third in the series. I wasn’t too sure if I would be able to follow the story. However, thanks to the summary of the earlier two parts at the very beginning, my journey with the third became easy. Of course I do already have a fairly decent knowledge of the Ramayana.
So here is a simplified version of the Great Epic. The author has definitely done justice to it. Well researched and suitably adapted for our present day.
Stolen Hope begins with the trio Ram, Sita and Lakshmana, well into their exile at the Dandakaranya forest. They subsequently move to Panchavati. In this blissful atmosphere as they approach the last year of their exile, they encounter the demon Supanakha. Surpanakha plays a very vital role in the Ramayana. She is the crux and the trigger to the great war and the subsequent destruction of the demon king Ravana. Stolen Hope narrates only upto the point of Sita’s abduction by Ravana.
What scores for the book is the parallel relation drawn between the characters and our present day lives.
Lines that I liked from the book:
“Rama in eliminating all these demons internally represents that only by destroying the false ego and its associated disqualifications can one expect growth and righteousness and progress on one’s spiritual quest. “
“Rama also wanted to teach the wold that when one prefers the cheap attractions of this world over God, He silently walks away from one’s life. Maricha represents the fraud veil of illusion over intelligence that numbs the sense of discrimination. All have their own golden deer in life.”
I loved the profound thought that was brought out from these lines.
My Thumbs up for:
- The simplicity in explaining an epic as mighty as the Ramayana
- Well researched and addition of sub-stories that are of relevance in the Ramayana
- Great Packaging- loved the front cover.
My Thumbs down:
- Not a light book. You actually need to put your brains to some use.
- The book took me some time to complete.
- Nevertheless the book is worth a read for any mythology book lover, and for those who have more time to read.
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- Publisher: Jaico Publishing House (2016)
- ISBN-10: 8184958242
- ISBN-13: 978-8184958249
About the Author: Shubha Vilas, an otherworldly seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in Engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership classes are well known with top-level administration in corporate houses. He likewise offers people some assistance with applying so as to deal with present day life circumstances the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic customs.