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The Seal of Surya: The Legend of Ikshvaku Paperback – 10 Nov 2014
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The seal of surya actually unfolds many mystery and intrigue you with many more questions...this historical mythology traces route back to suryavansha dynasty ..about the existence of this tribe before dashrath putra ram and other forming colonies . The very existence of a king among the people started with ikshvaku, son to Manu who had abandoned this practice. Through a hard fought yet valiant battle facing his own brothers in internal enemy and obviously the rakshasa narantaka because of whom the suryavanshas got the curse of being away from their loved ones. Things unfold later in the great history as witnessed dashrath had to be away from ram and thus consequently ram had to be away from luv and kush and/or sita. This book also turned out to be the underliner of the fact that there exists a moon and sun , and for one to forge forward the other has step back. The janaka dynasty or lunar kingdom which was set by nimi , son of narantaka (adopted by ikshvaku after he defeated his father in the grave battle) also stressed out the point that sita n ram were distantly related through their forefathers. There was a reason for this bliss to happen(leaving aside the fact that they were incarnations of Vishnu and his better half) which again brings to notice that dark and light must simply coexist. The seal of surya which was captured by ikshvaku through great search by going to his guru kashayapa later was passed to nimi and so it resided with the lunar ppl for a time. Janaka or nimi set the mithila nagri which obviously became famous, acknowledged for sita-ram vivah again set a point that the partners are flip sides of the same coin. For mutual harmony and peace if the partner is of agni (by nature angry) then the other person is has to be water depending on the situation. To sum it up the more you go through these mythology traces the more you learn something.
But their are certain problems with it. First and foremost is the narrative or pacing of this book. I would have loved if the author had provided the information regarding how Ikshvaku was born and in what circumstances, more history relating to his family in the introductory part could have sufficed. I would have appreciated if this writer had also provided the info regarding the real Ikshvaku as a preface or as an introduction to this book.
second, is the pacing.. sometimes it feels like that narrative is flowing smoothly and sometimes it feels as if writer is too lazy to expand the narrative. You will witness some of the important events getting over so fast that you wish for more details from the author.
third, i seriously didn't liked the ending of this book.. author rushed through it and in fact you will feel that all those efforts which ikshvaku made to build the kingdom feels waste. It could had more positive and inspiring ending.
Nevertheless, it was an engaging read, i wish the writer a success in years to come.
I bought this book seeing all 4+ ratings on amazon. But the book was very weak in its content and the way of narrating too, was very poor. As I had previosly read Shiva trilogy, it made me compare both the books and I ended up disappointed. Thank you amazon.
It was rather an achievement that I finished such an uninteresting book. Amateurish and predictable.
I would donate this free to someone who asks for it.
Please do read excerpts before buying.
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