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Ramayana-the Game of Life – My Review

There are books you read for what they give you. And there are those you read for what you can take from them. “Ramayana-the Game of Life” falls squarely into the second category. The Ramayan is not a new tale; it has been told and retold, cast and recast innumerable times. “Game of Life” is, however, not a retelling, it is not a subaltern version either, from a different vanage point. Then what is it? What does it bring to the table? Why should you read Shubh Vilas’ serialised Ramayan?

The answer is simple enough, and yet esoteric if you merely skim the surface. Shubh Vilas provides you not a re-telling of the events, but a re-interpretation of the same. The beauty of religious and mythological literature lies in their malleability, their openness to new ways of understanding them, the myriad lessons that can be afforded by one story. And Shubh Vilas provides a unique interpretation. He is known for his motivational talks and for providing modern lessons from age-old tales; this is the angle, the meaning, the relevance of his interpretation, his lessons from the Ramayan. It’s a unique view indeed, and a testament to both the author and his muse. Shubh Vilas doesn’t twist the story around to suit his ends, to prove his lessons are valid gleanings from the Ramayan, and he doesn’t need to.

You will be surprised by how he conceptualizes a modern moral framework and life-guide from such ancient timber. It may seem forced at times, but for the most part you will find yourself agreeing with the derivations.

Do read this book, especially if you are or want to be a spiritual person and often find yourself adrift. You will not read anything new, but will find something new at each step.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


6 thoughts on “Ramayana-the Game of Life – My Review

  1. you review made me think again. Initially I thought ” nah” but your review was superb
    Any author would do well to get a review from you. as you certainly changed my mind… and therefore many others I am sure

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by looneybitch | 02/06/2016, 12:41 AM
  2. sounds interesting, will surely.
    I think on basis of your review you might love Shiva Trilogy too, give it a read if possible and haven’t yet..

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by expressingwings | 29/05/2016, 7:16 PM
    • This was my first review for a book sent by a PR agent, so I reviewed it from an outside perspective, so to speak. I’ve read the Shiva trilogy, and I think it was better than most that Indian authors have come up with on indian mythology. BTW, I’d recommend “The Mahabharat Secret” if you’d like a Dan Brown style treatment of Indian history. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      Posted by hbhatnagar | 29/05/2016, 7:20 PM
      • ohh, but you won’t write until you won’t feel as said..Agree with Shiva point totally, will surly give “the mahabharat secret” a read first now, vaisey I find Amish Tripathi and Dan Brown writing bit similar and love to read both.

        Liked by 1 person

        Posted by expressingwings | 29/05/2016, 7:28 PM
      • 🙂
        I’m sure you’ll like it. It’s much more action packed and Dan Brown-ish. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

        Posted by hbhatnagar | 29/05/2016, 7:34 PM

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