- 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: 37 customer reviews
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.
“To bring a chicken out of an egg, one only needs to wait. Similarly, destiny unfolds itself on its own accord,” says the footnote that decorates the purpose of the book during a conversation between Lakshmana and Rama. Through the story of Rama, of how a young prince followed his Dharma that was laid down by his father in front of him, the author narrates techniques that anyone from the twenty-first century can master and practice in order to achieve ethical enlightenment. In this aspect, the book appears to be a guide for ethics and morality. The first volume to Shattered Dreams is a national bestseller titled Rise of the Sun Prince.
At the end of Book 1 Rama and Sita are married. Book 2 is the story of the exile of Rama, who, because of a conspiracy, had to abandon his kingdom and lead a life of hardships. Moreover, one could observe a self-imposition in Rama’s action, as he chooses exile rather than denigrating his father’s vow with Keikeyi, one of his father’s wives and the mother of Bharata and Shatrughna.
Although Keikeyi is a major contributor to the conspiracy that sends Rama into the forest for exile, she does it for her son Bharata’s career. If Rama were present in the palace, he would be the next king. So in the exile of Rama has the solution for Keikeyi, in making her son the next king. Still, one could observe height of personal integrity and justice in the very own son of Keikeyi.
Bharata says to Shatrughna, his brother, “Just see how much harm Keikeyi has done. The kingdom without a king is like a stray boat without a rudder.”
In a world where power and influence has become the markers of individual success, such characters, and the stories in which they are portrayed become signs of spiritually fulfilling and meaningful growth. Ramayana: The Game Of Life—Shattered Dreams also reminds us of a turning point in Indian publishing industry. Once in India, books with religious characters, or characters from religious mythology were very rare. Bestselling author of the Siva trilogy, Amish Tripathi, remarked in one of the interviews about his early attempts to publish his first book that all publishers turned his book down saying that a book with a mythological and religious figure like Siva just wouldn’t fit the standards of publishing industry. Everyone knows what happened to the book though. The ‘standard’ has been reset, if there ever was one.
Ramayana: The Game of Life—Shattered Dreams is not entirely a work of fiction. Just like in my book, Prabuddha: The Clear-Sighted, in which I tried to convey spiritual and philosophical values through stories, Shubha Vilas attempts to bring forth age-old and relevant wisdom of the Ramayana through this new book. Shattered Dreams would offer you the story of Rama, the benevolent and the just, and also would walk you through the light shed through the majestic personality of this great man. Through this volume, one gains the perspective not just through the chaos of twentieth century, but what lies before it. Who wouldn’t want to see what values went into the making of this 5000-year-old civilization that we call India?
If you are not familiar with the story of Rama, you may also learn toward the end of the book what a pair of sandals can do to change the way one looks at power. What better gifts of wisdom could there ever be in a book than changing the way one looks at the things around.
Ramayana: The Game of Life is published by Jaico Publishing, and is available everywhere books are sold.
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