Ramayana – The Game of Life : The Shattered Dreams is a sequel to Ramayana – The Game Of Life : Rise of the Sun Prince, read the review here The book begins twelve years after the holy matrimony of Rama and Sita when they are sentenced to exile. The book revolves around the drama around the Lord Rama’s banishment, Kaikeyi’s devious plans, Dasaratha’s plight, Bharat’s dilemma.
The second installment of the book is not very different from the first. You have grown up with the epic so you know there is no surprise element in the book. The perspective from which this book is written is not new hence this has been a tedious read. However the basic value system remains the same and the book gives us insights about how complicated human relationships are, the rise and fall of these relationships and the difficult situations that one must triumph in the journey of life. Re-reading Ramayana is entertaining but I wish there was a perspective to the entire story line. This book is based on Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitamanas and some woven threads taken from folklore like Loka Pramanatales. The folklore adds relevance of the epic in modern times.
What worked for the book? The book is written well and it addresses the doubts that rose to the mind while reading the first installment. Even if you have grown up reading the Ramayana there are still those values that never get dated. Rama’s virtues which sees him through his exile, his honesty that won him friends and hearts. You have lil take aways as you keep reading. I somehow felt that a lil pace would have made it more interesting as I had a tendency to skip parts.