Book Review: Ramayana - Shattered Dreams: Shubha Vilas

Shattered Dreams by Shubha Vilas is the sequel to the, Rise of the Sun Prince, in the new spiritual and motivational series Ramayana - The Game of Life moves to the riveting drama of Rama’s exile and beyond, that seems to shift abruptly from reality to fantasy with demons, heroes and fantastic creatures and teaches us to handle relationships, temptation, reversals and go beyond our comfort zone.

With Valmiki’s Ramayana as its guiding light, the book deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitamanasa, as well as folk philosophy from the Loka Pramana tales, to demonstrate how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life and describes the actions of the great divine hero who embodies love and that becomes a paragon of virtue, dedication and sacrifice for all humanity.

Based on the story of Rama, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, the book tells of his exile period through painful trials, battles, adventures and separations that will make him a complete man. This edition presents a simplification of the work that is easy to read, that in a comprehensible language and geography familiar to the reader of today, leads anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge to the origins of its values and its traditions.

This edition is an enjoyable read that has managed to keep intact the spirit high and the fascinating story of the great epic and tells us about the great Indian epic with felicity of language, compositional fluency and promptness of narrative ideas leading us through the vast forests sown here and there, with references to a more modern geography.

Besides containing the fantastic insights the book is also high on spirituality with the reader will take the essential points of history, philosophy, art, spirituality, karma, today considered paranormal phenomena, and everything is described very richly and compellingly.

The style is very thin, simple, and suitable for everyone and in practice is limited to presenting the facts with uniform methodology. Despite this, it is a good book to learn about the history of Rama that still has to be read as if it were some sort of subsidiary of epic of times past, with great psychological insights and precise descriptions.

The author with great sensitivity in short prose makes an ancient history exciting and more than ever touching is the universality, of episodes similar to those in our tradition of motions, which are very human and profound.

The hand of the great writer is felt, and is good to introduce the world's impressive and admirable poem with the choice of the episodes, which actually allow easy reading of the whole of history, without losing any of the different levels, with the dynamic layout, with writing and direct current that can evoke the narrative tension, the contrast of the values at stake, the mythical atmosphere of the times.

In this book the author tries successfully through a reduction of literature, to allow a simplified reading of the story with a version that, as far as possible, keeps the depth, rendered in a modern and understandable language, and is a great book that offers us the opportunity to understand and know directly the values and the spiritual essence.

The author shows us the values that track a persuasive lesson of universal psychology of the struggle between the forces of good and evil, as well as the dilemmas that take place in some obscure area of consciousness in all of us and succeeds through a timely and ironic tale to ignite the curiosity of the reader where right away you see in the reality and nothing is as it appears with the world of Ramayana made of deceit, enchantments, codes of chivalry, that quickly becomes part of us.

Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 404 ♥ Publisher: Jaico Publishing House ♥ Published: January 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-8184955316