Wednesday, August 13, 2014


The very thought of reading a book based on the great epic scripture -"Ramayana" brings delight to a soul.
When Blogadda provided me the opportunity to review "RAMAYANA THE GAME OF LIFE-  RISE OF THE SUN PRINCE", I was all set to travel the journey again.

About the Author:
Shri Shubha Vilas is a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker.
He holds degree of B.E in Electronics and Telecommunications & L.L.B Specializing in Intellectual Property Law.
Even after having such specialization he preferred the path of spirituality and became a monk
at the Hare Krsna monastery, ISKCON Chowpatty in Mumbai.
His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses.

What the cover speaks:
The cover page illustrating Rama and Laxmana protecting the sages at Viswamitra's aasharam
by shooting magical arrows at Demons Marica and Subahu is quite impressive and engrossing.

About the Story:
Book 1 of the series "RAMAYANA THE GAME OF LIFE" flows through the following events:
1. Narada Muni narrates the entire Ramayana- Saga of Lord Rama to Valmiki.
2. Lord Brahma asks Valmiki to render entire saga of lord Rama's life in verses.
3. Fascinating and captivating description of Dasaratha, his kingdom and the capital city Ayodhya.
4. Putrakamesti yajna performed by Dasaratha to fulfill his desire for sons.
5. Description of Lanka and the evolution of Ravana's family is what follows next.
6. Birth of 4 divine sons of Dasaratha, specially Lord Rama brings respect and smile on every reader's face.
7. Story proceeds with Vishwamitra appearance in Ayodhya and Rama and Lakshamana accompanying           him to start a new phase of their life.
8. Killing of Tataka and her sons, Maricha & Subahu by Rama and Lakshamana proceeds next
    which exemplify the power of Lord Rama.
9. Visit to the glorious city of Mithali.
10.From King to a Brahmarishi, Saga of Vishwamitra, the main hero of Part-I.
11.Marriage of Sita and Rama and other sons of Dasaratha.

What I liked:
1. Every page of the book has some messages or anecdotes by Shubha Vilas for the common man
    which are very inspiring and practical.
2. The book is written without losing out the original touch and story-line from the Authentic Ramayana.
3. The description of Ayodhya is really fascinating. Imagining it brings goosebumps to me.
4. The flow of the story is great and use of vocabulary is appreciable.
5. Care has been taken to describe every aspect minutely.
6. Preview of the book 2 "Shattered Dreams" in the first part is something unique.

Things that can be improved:
A bit more emphasis should have been given to the proof reading.
There are words in middle of the story whose first letter is capitalized even when there is no preceding full stop.

My verdict:
A very honest attempt at rewriting the epic scripture "Ramayana" with its learning simplified in a common man's language with logical reasoning behind every action performed.
Book is filled with very inspiring ,motivating and touching quotes or I must say truths of life.
A must read for every living soul.

Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher : Jaico Publishing House
Pages: 252
Language: English
Cost : 250

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