Wednesday, 4 February 2015

RAMAYANA- The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams (Book Review)

Format: Paperback
Pages: 387
Price: 350 [INR]
ISBN: 9788184955316
Jaico Publishing House
Published on 4th February 2015


Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national bestseller, Rise of the Sun Prince, in the new spiritual and motivational series Ramayana - The Game of Life.

Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodhya since the wedding of Rama and Sita at the end of Book 1.

Now, in Shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama’s exile. Through tales of Rama’s unwavering and enigmatic persona, the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively; through Bharata’s actions, it teaches us to handle temptation; and through Sita’s courage, to explore beyond our comfort zone. This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail.

With Valmiki’s Ramayana as its guiding light, Shattered Dreams deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitramanas, as well as folk philosophy from, the Loka Pramana tales, to demonstrate how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. Experience the ancient saga of the Ramayana like never before.

My Review-:

Ramayana- The Game of Life is a chronological series inspired from epic and myths, “Shattered Dreams” is the sequel of “Rise of the sun prince” by Shubha Vilas. I have heard the story of Ramayana several times during my childhood days. I also read it in my school, but what differentiates this book is the author’s detailing about the epic saga. The author has organized the complete book into nine chapters. Each chapter is divided into sub chapters, and each page provides us wisdom. 
I didn’t read the first book of this ‘The Game of Life’ chronicles, but didn’t find any difficulty in understanding. The foremost advantage of this epic series is you can also directly read the second part without any understanding interruption. 

The pensive king Dasaratha decided to step out of his throne and to make Rama the next ruler of Ayodhya. Every important person of the court agreed with Dasaratha and Rama’s coronation process began. There was jubilation in the city with the news, the evil Manthara plotted her plan to dismiss Rama and appoint Bharata as the new ruler of Ikshvaku line. She poured poison in the mind of Kaikeyi against Rama and advised her to take advantage of the boons, which she blessed from Dasaratha. Kaikeyi followed Manthara’s advice blindly. Helpless Dasaratha send Rama to exile and Rama accepted it. 

This book explores the spiritual and motivational thoughts on life, truth and every aspect of life. This book not only enlightens us about the epic story, but also the different aspect of life through its spiritual quotes. The footnotes and various explanations are enhancing the glory of this book. I love most of the quotes, but here some are on my top lists:

‘The king wasn’t a lawmaker; instead he was a law-keeper. The king expressed ideas, all citizens lay down their opinions, and the churning of ideas and opinions resulted in a collective decision.’

‘Expressions of freedom are within the continuously monitored boundaries of law. As long as the expressions are confined to the boundaries, the boundaries seem virtual to the naive.’

‘Being happy for no reason is a sign of naivety. Being happy for others prosperity is a sign of maturity. Being happy for others misery is a sign of malignity.’

The book also explores the beautiful relationship of Rama and Sita. The true meaning of marriage is where the husband and wife desire the same thing; their love is equated through understanding. Wife stands by husband in his right decisions and vice verse. 

I rarely find any cons in this book. Simply I love this book and it’s each chapter. I’ll recommend it to all for its enchanting writing style and spiritual thoughts. I will rate it five out of five.

About the author-:

Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought-provoking seminars on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, ‘Soul Curry to Stop Worry’ and ‘Work-Life Balance’ to name a few.

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