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Book Review: Rise of the Sun Prince (Ramayana – The Game of Life #1), by Shubha Vilas

There are many tales from Indian mythology that are treasured and told when young. One such tale is the Ramayana. I remember having heard it as a child, and watched it on television too. It’s one of those tales that are memorable. Each time I read it, it seems different yet the same.

Rise of the Sun Prince, by Shubha Vilas attempts to retell the tale, and in the author’s own style. And it succeeds in that. The first thing that appeals is the wonderful cover design. Another thing that I liked from the book was that it was well researched. The effort that the author puts into the book is seen by the footnotes at almost every page. For someone who wants to know more about the great epic, without actually reading the original (though I don’t know if that’s possible), this book would be a good add to their bookshelf.

What I expected from the book when I took it was something that keeps the magic of mythology at its core. This book however is not one to take for that. For my imagination, this book felt more like a textbook, with those notations below. Sometimes going up to half the page, it kind of hampered the read, I felt. That was, of course, in addition to the language which felt heavy.

I summarize it as a book for those who want to delve into the Ramayana almost as research.

The Bookworm Rates This: 2/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 2/5
Book Details
Title: Rise of the Sun Prince Series: Ramayana: The Game of Life #1
Author(s): Shubha Vilas Genre: Mythology
ISBN/ASIN: 9788184955309 Publisher: Jaico Publishers
No. of Pages: 252 Price: Rs. 250

Reviewed for the publisher, in exchange for a review copy. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.

(© 20th February 2015)



Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.