- Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; 1 edition (2016)
- ISBN-10: 8184958242
- ISBN-13: 978-8184958249
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ramayana: The Game of Life - Book 3 - Stolen Hope Paperback – 2016
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New Enlarged Edition Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) was still in his teens when he attained enlightenment through a remarkable experience, as if undergoing death of the physical body, while remaining in full consciousness. He left home for the sacred hill of Arunachala where he taught the purest form of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality) through the simple discipline of self-inquiry. His teaching, his principal instruction to all his devotes was always to meditate on the question "Who am I?" In this book Arthur Osborne gives an account of the life and teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. It has a special relevance to our age with its outlines of a religion based on the Indian scriptures which is essentially spiritual, without ceasing to be rational and ethical.
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The story begins with Rama, Sita and Laxhman walks through the forest of Dandakaranya. Rama meets many sages through this forest and hearing the agony suffered by sages Rama vows to destroy every demon that have harassed this sages. All three moves to the south where they meet sage Agastya who live in Janathana, here they encounter with Surpanakha who proposes Rama to marry her, Rama does some mischief and diverts her to Laxhmana, Surpanakha doesn’t cop her rejection and attacks them, Laxhmana chops her nose and ears. Angry with her insult she goes to his brother Ravana to attack this brother and abduct his beautiful wife Sita. Here Ravana travel to Janathana and abducts sita in his pushpak viman to his palace. Then Rama and Laxhmana begins their search of stolen hope (to search sita) were they meet Shabari. Shabari guides them to monkey like human Sugriva. The book ends here and keeps the readers desperate for the fourth part. Now I know that the fourth part will be of Hanuman so I am also desperate to read the forth book.
Now the writing style of the author is excellent, footnotes in every page are a plus point of this book which are ample ingredient for motivation and which transforms your way of thinking.Read more ›
BUT, the printing is on translucent paper, so the printing on the other side shows through; paper with greater opacity would have been better. The font is small, but the line spacing is 1.5. Larger font and single spacing would make it more readable, especially for senior citizens, who are most likely to buy this book.
The USP of this version is the author's footnotes, which are comments/ lessons (just like personal comments during a lecture). But many of these comments are in abstruse language, or use archaic language, so the point of having these comments is greatly diluted, e.g. The lowest nature of a leader becomes the highest hallmark of a follower. The footnotes are wonderful, but some could be simplified (e.g. True friendship shines when the happiness-sun sets could be written as True friendship shines when the sun of happiness sets).
There is also a plethora of errors, spelling mistakes, absence of quotation marks and wrong usage of words (e.g. principle wives instead of principal wives), which make the book difficult to read, leave alone enjoy, appreciate, recommend or gift. The language in the main story includes (only on P. 110-111):
…and her mission as is; ...winnowing fan-like sharp nails…; … guise-shifting abilities.; My preponderances are non-superseded…
I thank Shubha Vilas for providing me a free hard copy of Ramayana: The Game of Life - Book 3 - Stolen Hope for an unbiased review.
Special word of appreciation to the author for the manner in which he has developed each of the character in the book. Nowhere it appear that Rama or Sita or even Ravana who are main characters of Ramayana are over shadowing other smaller characters of the story. Even tinier characters like Maaricha or the sages in the forest get their due voice in the story. Even Lakshmana gets space to voice his emotions in penultimate chapter of the book wherein he shares his thoughts on Sita’s abduction and Rama’s outburst at him. The command on the language assumes great importance especially in the re-telling of mythological text. The craft is beautiful and poetic. Some of the most beautiful and poignant junctures of the book includes Bharata’s suffering in absence of Rama, Rama’s lament for Sita, their moments of togetherness in the forests, the selfless service of Lakshmana to his brother etc.Read more ›
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A solid five hundred stars. The copy is provided to me by Sh Shubha Vilas as a token of affection with these remarks.
“Dear Rajan! Read more
A book that holds the potential to bring a whole new line of reasoning with regard to how we perceive our beloved Lord Rama. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zubin Patel
Ramayana is perhaps one of the world’s most retold stories if not at least in India. Ramayana is our culture and heritage personified. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Merril Anil
I believe this is a fantastic book. I never thought reading Ramayana could be that much exciting and insightful .Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the most thought provoking and lucid book ever written on Ramayan.As earlier the Author mention some short stories of Ramayan which are not commonly known. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is amazing to grip the readers attention when the story is known to all. The book begins to unfolds it gripping tale once you cross the first 100 pages. Read morePublished 8 months ago by George Harrison
Ramayana would probably be one of the most told stories from the Indian mythology. Different authors since ages have seen and narrated this win-of-good-over-evil tale in their own... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pankaj
This is the third book in the series of Ramayana, with previous two books namely ‘Rise of The Sun Prince’ and ‘Shattered Dreams’. Read morePublished 9 months ago by nibha