Sunday, April 05, 2015

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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