Book Review – Ramayana: Stand Strong by Shubha Vilas

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It is a beautifully written book covering even the most intricate details of the period, with context to the making and evolution of all major characters that play an important role in deciding the outcome of Rama-Ravana saga, dubbed as the Good-over-Evil win

Stand Strong is the Book 4 in the Ramayana – The Game of Life book series by Shubha Vilas. Like the previous three books, this book too presents the knowledge of the epic Ramayana in the most pleasant way. These books can easily be one of most authentic narrations of Ramayana.

Stand Strong, in particular, is based on the Kishkindha Kanda, which is one of the important episodes in the Valmiki Ramayana. The episode captures the period, ranging from Rama’s meeting with Hanumana and vanara sena to the prelude of Hanumana’s invasion to Lanka – the grand Asura capital reigned by the mighty Raksha Raavan.It is a beautifully written book covering even the most intricate details of the period, with context to the making and evolution of all major characters that play an important role in deciding the outcome of Rama-Ravana saga, dubbed as the Good-over-Evil win.

Stand Strong by Shubha Vilas is much more than a chronological account of a period. It features a number of small anecdotes, mythological accounts and dialogues of all associated events that shaped this pre-war era before the inevitable climax. Believe me, you cannot help but wonder about the virgin terrains this book would take you to.

If the stories are interesting, the narration is mesmerizing too. It simple flows. Easy on brain and soothing to heart. It seems to be written exactly the way Ramayana’s original creator would have written it in Sanskrit. Because, that is the way the epics, with a religious significance, should be written and be told.

I liked the book and I am sure people with a taste in Indian mythology would like it. And, for people who are still to read about it, Shubha’s books can be a fitting beginning. Overall, I recommend this book. Read it. It will not disappoint you. There is something or other to learn for anyone from this Game of Life.

Happy Reading!

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