A book of the most celebrity deity of Hindu mythology will have high expectations and is bound to be judged critically. But “The Book of Ram” has passed the acid test with flying colors. I, like many other fellow Indians, love to read about Ramayana in any form. Simpler the better. I had been lingering about the decision to read the series by Patnaik for quite some time now. Though I have read snippets of his many works including his blog, this is my first book which I have read in entirety. And I am not regretting.
Initially I was skeptical that inclusion of analysis between the small stories (or incidents) will disrupt the flow and spoil the storytelling. But the author has done a wonderful job of weaving the legendary story with some enlightening information about characters and justification of events. Though it is The Book of Ram, many characters are explained and analyzed in detail. I particularly liked the way every characters’ importance in Ramayana was brought to light. For instance, Ravana and Kumbhakaran were Vishnu’s gatekeepers cursed to be born as Rakhshasas on Earth who were then released by Vishnu, incarnated as Ram. Many such snippets revolving around the core Ramayana that we know, is the biggest plus point of this book.
Mythology is a tricky subject. It can easily become monotonous and heavy for a naïve reader. Patnaik does a great job of making a legendary story with profound inferences so interesting to read. I know I started late with this series, but happy to have “The Book of Ram” on my book shelf. And looking forward to having the whole Patnaik series here.
About the Author:- Devdutt Pattanaik is a renowned author, mythologist, and leadership consultant, whose work focuses on deriving management insights from mythology to reveal a very Indian approach to modern business. He has authored over 30 books, many of them best-sellers like Myth = Mithya, Business Sutra, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata. Many of his books have been translated in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati and Marathi (Courtesy: Devdutt Patnaik’s Blog)
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