Naga Chokkanathan

Rise Of The Sun Prince By Shubha Vilas

Posted on: October 25, 2014

Ramayana is a simple, yet powerful story, retold many times in many cultures.

I remember reading in a research paper that there are three hundred versions of Ramayana. Yet, it is being retold on a regular basis. Even today, newer interpretations of the same story is presented as novels, short stories, dramas, paintings etc.

Shubha Vilas has started a new series titled “Ramayana: The Game of Life”. Book 1 of this series is titled “Rise of the Sun Prince”.

As the title suggests, Shubha Vilas has taken a new approach to retell the story of Rama. He focuses on the life lessons that we can learn from Ramayana. This is evident from the footnotes you see in almost every page. But guess what, these are not boring footnotes that you read in most research papers. Instead, they are the juicy portion of this book.

Book 1 focuses on the story of Rama’s birth, his journey with sage Viswamitra and his marriage with Sita. Author uses a simple style to narrate the base story, adding his interesting interpretations. Those who know Ramayana story may read this book very fast, but one can enjoy it only when the focus shifts to the discussions based on the story.

This book has an interesting appendix titled “24 qualities that make a true hero” (based on Valmiki’s Ramayana). Almost all those qualities are applicable to anyone who want to succeed in any field!

(Rise of the Sun Prince: Shubha Vilas: Jaico Publishing House: Rs 250)

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