Author:- Amish Tripathi
Genre:- Mythological fiction
Parents are like a bow, and children like arrows. The more the bow bends and stretches, further the arrow flies. I fly, not because I am special but because they stretched for me
Plot:- This book begins with Ravan kidnapping Sita while Ram and Lakshman run to save her but in vain. This is the first chapter in the book but the book, then, travels to the birth of Rama and his childhood. According to author’s fiction world Ram is not shown as a God here but an ordinary prince-in-waiting who is hell bent on following rules. In next chapter, King Dasharth of Ayodhya, Emperor of the Sapta Sindhu region in India, objects demands made by Lankan trader Kuber. He declares war but is defeated by Kubera’s general, Raavan, at Karachapa. Dashrath barely escapes with his life. At the same time in Ayodhya, Dashrath’s first queen Kaushalya gives birth to their son, Ram. Following the defeat, Ravan monopolizes the entire trade system in India, causing economic crisis. Dashrath blames Ram as the reason for his defeat, and treats him apathetically.(which is totally opposite to real epic, according to “RAMAYANA”) Ram and his half-brothers, Bharat(son of Kaikeyi), Lakshman and Shatrughan (twin sons of Dashrath’s third wife Sumitra), are sent to live at the hermitage of sage Vashistha. Under his tutelage, Ram becomes a skilled warrior, and gains knowledge about India’s predicament. afterwards, Ram and Lakshman help sage Vashistha—head of the Malayaputra tribe who serve the next vishnu—to stop the Asura attacks on his hermitage. Ram convinces the Asuras to go to Pariha, the land of Lord Rudra, the previous Mahadev. Next they travel to the remote kingdom of Mithila, where Ram meets princess Sita, the adopted daughter of King Janak. Like Ram, Sita also strongly believes in following laws, thus earning Ram’s respect and love. During a Swayamvar(In which all princes competing for Princess’s hand)for Sita, Ravan and his brother Kumbhakaran arrive, but storm out when Viswamitra announces Ram’s name as the first suitor. Ram wins the Swayamvar and marries Sita, while Lakshman marries Janak’s biological daughter, Urmila. The next day, Raavan besieges Mithila with 10,000 soldiers, and Ram is forced to use the biological weapon Asurastra by Viswamitra, even though its usage is forbidden and not authorized by the Vayuputras, Lord Rudra’s tribe. The Lankan army is defeated and Raavan escapes on his helicopter, (Pushpak viman). Ram returns to Ayodhya and decides to take a 14-year exile as punishment for breaking Rudra’s rule about the weapon. A begrudged Manthara asks Kaikeyi to substantiate the matter by using two boons given to her by Dashrath for saving his life. Thus Ram undertakes the exile with Sita and Lakshman. And this story is just begin.
Review:- I would like to say I am already so much obsess with all these epic characters, Ram, sita, Lakshman n all since my childhood. I remember that my mother often told me this stories of “RAMAYANA” & “MAHABHARATA” When I was like 4 to 5 year old. I can still remember that pure tone of my mother which I listened daily without blink. It is based on the most important Hindu epic Ramayana. All the characters, the relations, the events of the Ramayana are there in this book, but the story is completely different, some characters and relationship are exactly same as from the Ramayana while some are completely opposite, yet they are believable.The thing about this book is, you’ll like its creativity if you keep on comparing it with the original epic, because the situations, where in the original epic, magic and supernatural powers were used are totally replaced in this book with real life believable instances, there’s no hint of magic in this book, no flying people, no one saying a mantra and launching a missile with it, no one using those disappear-and-reappear-at-will portals. Everyone is a normal human being. Author attempts to correct this as well in parts, we see why Ram is like he is, the childhood hurt, the ‘I-never-belonged-here’ feeling. There’s some sort of character development going, which is nice. I like the way author portrayed sita’s character. She is not shy kinda girl, she is warrior in this book. The somras, rules of Rudra, Vayuputra, parihas all plays important part in the book and one needs to be familiar with that world to fully enjoy the book. As with the earlier books (Shiva Trilogy). Unlike the Shiva trilogy that focussed on the central theme of good vs. evil; Scion of Ikshvaku takes the central theme of rigid societies vs. free societies and rule of law. A handful of confusions that arouse while reading the Shiva series of author seem to have found solace and hints of answers in this one. If you have followed his earlier series, you might well have wondered how the Somras became available to everyone during Ram’s rule or why Ram ruled in Meluha once he returned from his exile.
Open minded thought:-
The book openly talk about the dysfunctional and non- rectifying law and order system, nirbhaya case (using an example of a Ram’s rakhi sister),There is a incident in book which I can compare with Delhi rape case, where Ram’s own law was unable to punish the juvenile even though the victim was like his sister. Which didn’t add anything to the story.
Global warming and Climate change (submerging of Dwarka in sea). Caste system, continuing to live as per the old and antiquated law system involving barbarism and extremism.
The book creates an fictitious Ramayana that is very much different from the Sagar Arts – Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana that we all have seen at some point of time in our lives. There are many instances that are written totally different.
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