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Ramayana: The Game of Life - Book 3 - Stolen Hope by [Vilas, Shubha]
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In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and the trickery, the praise and the slander and, above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of the Exiled Royals.

Stolen Hope is about extreme deception and extreme love. It is about arrogant power and deep devotion. With every twist and turn, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana find themselves robbed of whatever and whoever they value most.

Exploring the dynamics of human relations – between father and son, husband and wife, teacher and disciple – and the complex game of power and greed, Stolen Hope mirrors our own dilemmas in the modern world and teaches us how we must overcome them.

Seek courage when everything, including hope, is stolen.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; 1 edition (30 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019ZFKQ0Y
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Well written by Shubha Vilas. Also lots of valuable lessons learnt. Must read by all whether u have faith in Lord Ram
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Awesome book ever. One must be enlightened by going through this book
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This book covers the story of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita leading the ascetic life in Dandakaranya for thirteen years until Sita is abducted by Ravana. This part of the series covers till Rama and Lakshmana enter Kishkindha. So, we have to wait for the next part to read about the adventures of Hanuman.

I have received a signed review copy from the author in December and I was eagerly waiting to complete this book. I like the way the author provides morals which are relevant to our contemporary world. I literally sat with Pen to underline few sentences while I read this Ramayana series. A few of those:

Delay management is about understanding that some problems need not be solved now. Many problems are solved by just postponing the attempt to solve them.

Happens, right?

Knowledge with wrong knowledge of its application is actually worse than ignorance itself.

The science to control things also brings in the desire to control people. Whereas things behave the way you want, people behave the way they want.
There are many more gems of advice from the book.

The major advantage of Shubha Vilas's Ramayana is we can get the perspective and stories not only from Valmiki Ramayana but also from Kamba Ramayana and Tulasidas's Version. I grew up learning Valmiki Ramayana from my father and I was always amazed listening to these stories. I like every small story associated with Ramayana and I loved Agasthya muni's adventures described very well in the book. I loved learning those little less known facts like Rama never killing anyone before Sita, the origin of Tamil language, origin of Sitaphal, Curses on Ravana and his character etc.,

I wanted to know more about Sabari's life and Mandodhari, which were not covered in the book.
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First of all this is not the first time I am reading this author Shubha vilas, I have already read his first two books among Ramayana series i.e. Rise of sun prince and Shattered dreams you will find both the review links here in this blog, and now about this book stolen hope is the third book among the Ramayana series. If you have not read the first two books then it doesn’t matter, here in this book author have provided short description about both the books in introductory chapter.

Plot:

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.
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Great life lessons!!
Wating for the next part to come... !
Must read
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Practically every Hindu is familiar with the Ramayana and knows there are various versions. Every new version is definitely a labor of love and dedication. Shubha Vilas, an Engineering and Law graduate, involved with the Hare Rama movement, has also brought out the Ramayana in multiple volumes. The only volume I have read so far is Ramayana: The Game of Life - Book 3 - Stolen Hope. There is much to learn and relearn from each version and each time we read the Ramayana, and there are many descriptions which are captivating.
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.
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