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But Rama’s story is more about the intricacies of dharma — the law and duties pertaining to one’s social position and one’s devotion to the gods. The book annoyed me at times. And the trip continues. The vision of the author is encapsulated beautifully in these 15 odd pages.

Only Rama, Prince of Ayodhya, can hope to prevent the onslaught of darkness. One fine day, I sat searching for books based on Indian mythology that are available in the libraries here and the title that came up was ‘Prince of Ayodhya’ by Ashok K.

Not to mention the almost “black and white” characterisation and references to sensual and sexual episodes I like my Mythological and Historical Fiction to be detailed and descriptive enough.

In its approach to storytelling, this novel resembles E. One might wonder how a good story can even be told about a hero like Rama, who is perfect in dharma and meditation, who is invincible, with divine weapons that always hit their mark, etc.

PRINCE OF AYODHYA: The Ramayana, Book I

But then, it is simply not fair auodhya compare in spite of our vain desire for ranking and comparison. It has been called “super-cool” The Hindu”a milestone” India Today and “a magnificent labor of love” Outlook and appeared on most major recommended reading lists during its publication.


I like to read different versions of the same things, in different scriptures. Sep 30, Shweta Pandey rated it it was ok.

But anyone who reads this — keep your finger in the glossary, and be prepared to do a lot of flipping. This theme is continued throughout the other books where he refuses to lift the divine astras to protect the dying vanars and bears during the war on the pretext that this is asjok holy war and should be won fair and square.

Prince of Ayodhya: The Ramayana, Book I — book review

Although I like the detail, it doesn’t do much to the story other than adding a filter on the content. The conflicts are really conflicts of duty, resolving the problem of one type of duty clashing with another equally legitimate type. Rama is not some ordinary warrior-prince, or even an extra-ordinary human being who owes all his might and power to some mystic formulas imparted by a sage.

Rama just seems too eager to be exiled. I had seen Shobana’s Maya Ravan and laughed through the whole ballet.

The Prince of Ayodhya (Ramayana, book 1) by Ashok K Banker

A good, interesting ayodya on The Ramayana. In the foreword, the author speaks about the different versions of the Ramayana available and how each one has taken their own liberties, to retell the same story! As a big fan of the RamayanaI have to admit being predisposed to liking this ashlk.

Far from being unoriginal – it is, in fact, one of the original sources of one of the great myths of mankind. Prince of Ayodhya Ramayana 1 by Ashok K. I did enjoy this first book of the retelling of the Ramayana and plan to find out more about the original epic!

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The Prince of Ayodhya

The arrival of Kala-Nemi too early in this book whilst in the original it was very late in the epic, Surpankha is also depicted early here — both of them spies of Ravana. This is a retelling of the first book of the Ramayana, the great Indian prinde. I found myself devouring the series.


Banker has been credited as the creator and sole scriptwriter story, screenplay and dialogues for A Mouthful of SkyIndia’s first television series in English, originally aired on DD Metro in the Indian sub-continent, retelecast on Star World. So it is a little different than what you would expect! He has been credited as the j of the first ebook by an Indian author, the first online serial novel, the first multimedia novel, and numerous other early experiments with digital publishing.

However, I would have to argue they aydhya being terribly unfair and just a little obtuse – this is a fantasy-novel-narrative version of a Sanskrit myth the original is over 3, years old. The sudden appearance of the revered Sage Vishwamitra.

But Banker shows clearly why and how. The author has given a lot of attention See the full review here http: What I really liked about this book was that the mythical characters get fleshed out as real people, to a great extent, even if they are supposedly perfect. The book does move slowly, as other reviewers have commented, but all for the purpose of becoming acquainted with a large cast of characters at the beginning of a large story and a long series of books.

His story is more mellifluous. I mean, in a retelling, one would have thought there would be more human elements as in failings, shortcomines, grey areasbut in this book, pfince was all black and white – I think that put off – a lot.