After reading Ram – Scion of Ikshvaku I couldn’t wait to read the next book in RamChandra Series.
Author has made a brave attempt to give a fresh perspective to a story which is well known to masses of this country. I have no hesitation to say Amish has done complete justice to the story and made an interesting read. The book started with suspense and has been built on linear story-telling technique. Incidents from previous story Ram – Scion of Ikshvaku
have been beautifully linked and both books/stories run in parallel. Its just like watching the same movie by entering in the character of other main protagonist. This helps to understand various riddles which were left unsolved by earlier protagonist.There may be some repetitions of passage and war scenes from the previous book, which brings some moments of dullness while reading but can be ignored.
The portrayal of Sita as prime minister of Mithila as a brave & independent woman is exemplary. Some hints are given about the cause of rivalry between Guru Vashisth and Guru Vishwamitra which lays foundation in clash of interest between how and who the next Vishnu should be. The climax scene will leave you dumbstruck and will force you to pick up the next book immediately.
Some excerpts from the book :
“How does Ram abiding by the law make any difference ? The people also have to follow it. And , Indians will never do that.In fact we enjoy breaking rules.One must be pragmatic when dealing with Indians. Laws must be enforced,yes. But this cannot be and end in itself. You may sometimes need to even misuse the law to achieve what you want.”
” Happiness is not an accident.It is a choice.It is in our hand to be happy. Always in our hands.”
” Birth is completely unimportant.It is just a means of entry into this world of action, into this karmabhomi. Karma is all that matters.”
“So you have a situation where young men and frankly some women too are radicalized. There is intelligence, but little wisdom. There is poverty.There is love of violence.They don’t understand that the absence of balance in their society is root of their problems. They look for simplistic,quick solutions.And they hate anyone who doesn’t think like them “.
Overall rating : I would rate this book as 4/5 .