So far I have read the first five books of Ramayana by Ashok Banker and I must say that he has definitely given this timeless epic a big boost and revival with his unique narrative and finely tuned storyline.
Ramayana, it is said will last till the forests and mountains of the world exist. And i believe it to be true. Usually when we read any novel, however good the story is, be in its creativeness, complexity or anything that makes it good, we like it.We read it many times as we feel for a good remembrance.We feel the depth of the story and as the time fades as our memory, we finally remember it as a good novel that we read long before.
But, Ramayana is not any such story. Eventhough we may know Ramayan katha, we are compelled to listen or read it again and again, just savouring the flavour as imagined and told by different people. Whatever view of the story we may wish to take, be it religious, moral, love or even for passing the time, the story becomes the view.It does not remain in our memory as just another good story.
Why do people of all age groups, go storm sabhas and halls having ramayan oration? They are there to cherish the monumental epic that never fades with time. It is the one story which makes us get whatever values we want out of it. And it applies for all of the future generations to come.
The author has been really successful in making the story come alive in a different flavour and suitable to our generation.It is a must and compelling read. The world as must have been at the time of the Ramayan, has been creatively imagined and given proper justice in narration by the author.I would urge each and everyone one to read the book atleast once.
Just for your information, the book is at the top in the Internet book database list worldwide and is critically acclaimed by all.
A special thanks to Selva who provided me with all the books in the Series having carried them all the way from Delhi. Just as Hanuman carried the mount all the way unto Rama to revive Lakshmana.
Well….Selva just took the flight 🙂