I must say, this is one of a very good books that I’ve read in a long time. I read when I get time, not quite often. I like reading books – obviously it should be above average.
This book Scion of Ikshvaku is Part 1 of the Ramchandra series. Based on the story of Lord Rama, the king of Ayodhya – eldest son of King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya. More about Lord Rama can be read here in wiki.
This book is a fictional interpretation of Rama, his life journey and Ram-Rajya. The Author Amish Tripathi has done a good job as a fantasy novel.
What I liked about this book is that, he narrates the life of Rama in such a way that it is fast and talks directly to the current situations in our country. I could relate to some of them – as to how women are to be treated or how a man can be “one sided” to one child and ignorant to others. It also talks about how the ignored child who is tortured by each and every one in the empire, turns out to be great king.
This book talks about dharma – what is right is always right and what is wrong is always wrong – which is the same as the original epic story. What is really good about the book is that the author has maintained the main essence of Ramayana and moulded into something magical something apt for today’s world. In it, author has shown Sita to be equally strong warrior just like Rama and no other woman was looked down as a meagre human being in the process of writing this book. 🙂
Something that made me go back and research about is the concept of Ekam. I remember my parents preaching this to me as a child but never understood what exactly it meant. Little about it – I, along with so many others wonder that, we Hindus worship so many gods(330mil to be precise) and whom to please to get what you want(specially, when its festive season – pray to this god to get this luck, pray to this god to get married, pray to this god to get kids etc kind of thing runs even in this society – shamelessly I’m admitting this and disclaimer: sorry to have hurt the sentiments of the ones who really believe this, I’m just giving my opinion)! But when my dad told me, it is only one God, one supreme being – the one who resides in oneself – I didn’t understand much back then. Now, based on my further readings(i would like to put it this way :)) – To quote –
Indeed, most Hindus would attest to this, by professing belief in multiple Gods. While some Hindus believe in the existence of three gods, some believe in thousands of gods, and some others in thirty three crore i.e. 330 million Gods. However, learned Hindus, who are well versed in their scriptures, insist that a Hindu should believe in and worship only one God. Hindus’ belief in the philosophy of Pantheism. Pantheism considers everything, living and non-living, to be Divine and Sacred. The common Hindu, therefore, considers everything as God. He considers the trees as God, the sun as God, the moon as God, the monkey as God, the snake as God and even human beings as manifestations of God!
- “Ekam evadvitiyam” >> “He is One only without a second.”
[Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1]
- “Ekam Brahm, dvitiya naste neh na naste kinchan” >> “There is only one God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit.”
Overall, I would say, read this book like any other fictional book, enjoy like any other fictional book. If you have a preconceived thought that this book will be like the Ramayana, then it is nothing like that. The essence is the same but with a twist. Sadly, the book stops at Sita being kidnapped by Ravaan and the author is in the process of writing the next of series. So it may be a long wait to finish the next in the series. I read somewhere it is going to be 5-6 books in this Ram Chandra series and if you ask me, I won’t be too interested to wait long to read each book that would span >6 months for release from one to another. Maybe ill will come back to it, when I have a handful of the series to read.
Rating for this book : 3.8/5