Book Review: Ramayana – The Game of Life, Shattered Dreams by Shubha Vilas

I am always intrigued when an author picks up the challenge of retelling an epic. I look forward to read what different perspective they would bring to a story that has been told and retold to us time and again and this excitement to read yet another version of Ramayana led me to participate in the Blogadda’s  book review program for Shubha Vilas’ Ramayana – The Game of Life : Shattered Dreams.
Ramayana – The Game of Life : Shattered Dreams is the second book in the Ramayana series written by the author. I had not read the first part but I was ensured by a number of fellow reviewers who had read both the parts that it did not matter. 
The book narrates the story of Lord Rama’s exile from Ayodhya. The book starts with the announcement of Rama’s coronation, talks about Kaikeyi asking for her two boons, the exile, Dasharatha’s death, Bharata trying to convince Rama to return to Ayodhya and ends with a some details of the time Rama, Lakshmana and Sita spent in the forest.
Well to be honest, it was kind of a task to finish reading this book. The narration is slow and tedious.An aspect of the narration that really annoyed me was the fact that the author did not hesitate to take aid of modern terminologies in the middle of explaining ancient phenomena. For me, that just destroys the whole flow of reading.
One of the biggest pet peeve I had while reading this book were the footnotes. Some of the readers might find it useful but for me the whole purpose of reading a book is the liberty to interpret it in whichever manner you see fit. Adding footnotes and the ones that are preachy takes away that liberty from me and I do not appreciate that. 
Not just the footnotes, there are alot of places in the book where the narration is trying to teach you things like how to maintain relationships or to be a good human being so basically the author ended up with a book that is less of a novel and more of a self help version of Ramayana and I for one am not into self help books.
I think the author being a motivational speaker tried to create some sort of a motivational series out of Ramayana but unfortunately thanks to the lack of interesting narration and teachings that are too wise for their own good , this idea did not take the shape he wanted.
All in all, I wouldn’t recommend you to pick this book until and unless you are into the self help genre. Even if you are then I am sure you will able to find better ones then this in the self help section.

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