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The Game of Life – Part 1: Rise of the Sun Prince

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Description:

Ramayana: The Game of Life (Book 1), one of the world’s great literary masterpieces, skillfully retold for modern audiences. Epics like the Ramayana have been recounted infinite times. Is there a need for another chronicle in the presence of so many? How is this one different? And is it relevant to our ever-changing modern lives? 

Yes, there is a need, yes this is different and yes, it is relevant. This new series of books, each following one khand of the Ramayana, decodes the eternal wisdom of that poetic scripture through gripping narrative and thought-provoking instruction. In the time-honored custom of spreading wisdom through tales, every fascinating story in the epic is retold here and every character unfolded to captivate your heart and open your mind to lifes deepest questions.

The narrative closely follows Valmikis Ramayana, gently weaving in folk tales as well as the beautiful analogies of the Kamba Ramayana. The first of this six-volume series, Rise of the Sun Prince, takes you through the divine story of Lord Rama from His birth up to His marriage. Through these pages are revealed the tales of Dasarathas leadership, Vishwamitras quest for power and the intriguing story of a little-known stone maiden. Ramayana: The Game of Life has all of this and much more – food for contemporary thought drawn from an enduring masterpiece.

Review:

What works for this book is the absolute simple treatment the book has received. Usually Mythology books tend to be heavy on the text but this one has gotten a different approach and is certainly a major plus point for someone who is reading Ramayana for the first time

I have read many different versions of the Ramayana and in particular i would like to mention the Illustrated version by C. Rajagopalachari. The book delves in to descriptions in a simple language and gives you an overview of the epic

For someone like me who has read vastly on Ramayana and Mahabharat, there was very little new information and yes Ahalya is quiet popular and not a little-known stone maiden. The story of sage Viswamitra and Sage Vasistha is the very foundation of Ramayana.

I appreciate the book despite having received no new information, for the wisdom that it provides in the footnotes. As somebody who seeks philosophy while reading any scriptures or mythology texts, this was a boon in disguise. Hindus treat mythology as a foundation for leading a life by Dharma and ideals. while an individual reads such epics, he perceives the aspects in the book in a certain manner that his mind allows to. This book provided a range of such perceptions by the author and was indeed a delight to read, ponder over and apply in our lives. Apart from helping us being better individuals, it is also an amazing source for some management lessons that are most often read and repeated but hardly applied.

This one deserves a patient read and many a introspections.

You might also notice the capitalization of H used in He/His while referring to Lord Rama and that showcases the reverence the author has towards the Uttama Purusha, the lord himself. I bow to thee.

I am looking forward to the next part in this series.

Conclusion:

will make an excellent read for beginners, the amount of detailing and the simplicity of it is encouraging. For those who want to revisit the fable, this one will again work for you. Amazing footnotes for leading a life of principles. If you are seeking the inner meaning of life, this books gives you a lot to think about.

Ramayana is indeed a way of life, a way of principles and a way of realizing the inner self.

Rating: 3.5/5 

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