Ramayana – The Game of Life – Book 3 – Stolen Hope by Shubha Vilas – Book Review

Ramayana is an epic we have grown up with..something that we can all relate with; especially the small stories. Ramayana – The Game of Life is a six book series by the author. I have not read the first two book, ‘Shattered Dreams’ and ‘Rise of the Sun Prince’. The first few pages give a description of the earlier books. Having grown up with the epic, it’s easier to understand the basic story; however, I feel that I do need to read the first two books as well. It’s because of the details of various aspects of Ramayana and how the author has linked these to our daily lives. How every page has a learning and I guess that’s why I took time reading this book.

The story in this book starts in the Dandakaranya forest where Rama, Sita and Lakshmana arrive to spend their time in exile. This is where some major events take place. They come in contact with Rakshasas. They also meet various sages and learn from all of them. They spend most of the time protecting these sages from Rakshasas. The author has narrated the events with an intellectual angle that draws the reader to the book.

The events start to get more interesting with Ravan abducting Sita and all the events during that time. I loved this portion of the book as I got to see a very different side to Sita. The way she is more human, she gets attracted to the golden deer and the way she fights with Ravan.

Rama and Lakshmana start the search for Sita and during the search they meet Shabari, who I completely loved. I had heard very little about Shabari but this book gave some more insights about her. The way the author has described her character is really impressive.

I loved the way the author discusses the way characters act and behave. He does an analysis on their behavior and situation. One specific portion I liked was when he discusses about the art of giving feedback. Something that we have read multiple times, but when you relate this to a story, it makes the concept so much easier to understand.

I loved the footnotes. They made my reading more enriching. I loved this book and will wait for the next part.


I received this book as a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. My opinion are totally true and my own. Thanks Mr. Shubha Vilas for introducing me to your book.


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