- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; First edition (23 January 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8184955316
- ISBN-13: 978-8184955316
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
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Ramayana: The Game of Life - Book 2 (Shattered Dreams) ((old edition)) Paperback – Import, 23 Jan 2015
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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.
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The cover art is eye catching and shows Ram sleeping with a troubled expression but still managing to look beautiful. The chariot with Dashratha is shown in the background but one thing struck me as odd. The horse pulling the chariot looks more like a donkey which is confusing and I cant decide if this was done unintentionally or has a hidden meaning because I didn't get any enlightenment on this point after reading the book!
The blurb is interesting and immediately made me want to read the book.
This book showcases the life of Ram while in exile. The author has beautifully taken the famous Ramayana and given it his own touch. The story seems more connectable to our present life and I felt that I could use the teachings in my day-to-day lifestyle. The footnotes add more engagement to the story and I enjoyed the tiny nuggets of wisdom that the author shares here.
The writing style is simple, engaging and interested me. The only things that somewhat lessened my enjoyment were the grammar errors at places in the book and some phrases that drastically changed my perceptions of evergreen characters like Sita, Ram and Lakshman. Sita is sometimes shown as a silly princess, Ram seems to be enjoying the exile and Lakshman is shown as a slave with no regard from Ram and Sita shown towards him. These things are totally out of character and is something which will confuse the new readers.
The character of Bharat had me admiring the author. He makes Bharat stand out as the important and prominent character that he was in Ramayan. Usually, not given his due importance in the telling of Ramayana, here Shubha Vilas rectifies this and beautifully brings out Bharat's dilemmas, sacrifices and loyalty towards his family and especially towards his elder brother, Ram.
Ram's teachings in each chapter had me enjoying and thoroughly engaged right till the end.
Overall, Shattered Dreams is a book that will interest readers who love the Indian mythological tales and will add a new outlook to these old stories. 3.5 out of 5 to it and I hope to read more from the author in the future. Shubha Vilas is a learned writer and talented. He brings out Ramayan in a new light and is successful in his venture of bringing alive these age-old tales.
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How beloved Rama was to all the citizens and even the queen Keikeyi, who is often portrayed as evil one. The detailed coronation preparation to the detailed start of the exile of 14 years. Everything is penned down smoothly here.
The specialty of this series, words of wisdom, in footnotes and long notes. Serves perfect purpose and change the way you read the book. Not just 'read' but 'learn'. The virtues, management mantras, mission tests, the anarthas, true communication and more. The points are worth taking note and can be useful at any stage of your life. Even, the presentations at your office can be aided.
Book Review: Ramayana The Game Of Life by @ShubhaVilas : Leader Must Live Beyond All Shattering
I became a die-hard fan of the writing style of Shubha Vilas the day I read his book Ramayana The Game of Life: Rise Of The Sun Prince some time in August 2014. And then I mentioned this book in a post titled Ten Books From Indian Authors: Touching Your Heart Strings, in September 2014. The context chosen by Shubha has always been fascinating. It is not only based on the most admired epical story of Ramayana but has been presented in the context of modern day society and culture.
Ramayana The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams Book 2 by Shubha Vilas demonstrates the relevance of ancient epic in modern lives. While the earlier book was based on the Bal Kanda chapter of Tulsidas's Ramayana, That book covered the childhood of Rama up to the time he got married to Sita. This book is based on the years post Rama's marriage to Sita, the painful period when Rama was imposed an exile and his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana selflessly decided to go along with him. It reminds us how and what forced Dasaratha, the father of Rama, to take a harshest call of his life, to send Rama to exile instead of honoring him with the King's throne.
As we read the story of Ramayana The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams Book 2 by Shubha Vilas there is a lot to learn and understand the relevance of the instances happened in that time with today. In fact, Dashratha had initiated the process of handing over the reigns of the kingdom of Ayodhya to Rama and he declared it too to his cabinet ministers and in public. But all of a sudden there is a plan made by Manthara and executed by Keikeyi, the third and most beautiful wife of king Dashratha. Keikeyi is the mother of Bharat and instigates Dashratha to handover Ayodhya to Bharat instead of Rama. Not only this, she also asks an unaffordable price from Dashratha to pay by way of an order for Rama to go to an exile.
There is a lot of relevance of each and every stance of Ramayana The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams Book 2 by Shubha Vilas be it Rama, Lakshmana, Bharat, Sita or Ravana playing their part in this neatly woven and excellently presented story.
On one hand where all this conspiracy is being plotted and executed against Rama that not only shatters the dreams of his father, Dashratha, the residents of Ayodhya, and the cabinet ministers of the kingdom; but also that of the family members of Rama. Even Bharat was not happy with what was being cooked up by his mother in his favor to get him the throne but he was not in any position to resist against it as Rama himself insisted on obeying the wishes of his mother and father.
On the other hand, we see Ravana and his power drive in winning all near and far kingdoms. Overall the book is a must read for all epic lovers, management gurus & aspirants to get the story from an entirely different angle knitting it well with the modern era.
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