Book Review: Ramayana-The Game of Life, Stolen Hope

I have always received quite a flack from authors whose book received a negative review but this was the first time that an author whose book had received a not so impressive review on COML sent a signed copy requesting a review to the sequel. To be honest, I appreciate the gesture and applaud the confidence so I was obviously intrigued to read Shubha Vilas’s Ramayana- The Game Of Life: Stolen Hope.


Ramayana – The Game of Life : Stolen Hope is the third book in the Ramayana series written by the author. The book takes up where Shattered Dreams ends, that is the beginning of 13 years exile. The book shares the details of the 12 years spent in the various forests by Lord Rama with his wife Sita along with brother Lakshmana and ends with Sita’s abduction by King Of Lanka, Ravana.

In terms of narration, the author has definitely improved and the pace of the story has improved. It is still a heavy read that will require you to invest some time but it is not as slow and tedious as Shattered Dreams. The language however still has the modern terminologies in it but again the occurrence has gone down drastically and hopefully by the next book, the author would let go of his love for modern language in his rendition of Ramayana.

One of the biggest issues I had with the previous part of this series was the the preachy footnotes. The footnotes are still there however the tone has been changed from preachy to more generic which I don’t mind. To be honest, some of the footnotes did make a lot of sense to me so much so that I decided to click and save a couple of snippets from the book. I am not somebody who likes to be told how to interpret the text that I am reading because I feel it takes away my freedom of imagination so footnotes still remain something I don’t like in the book but I have learnt to ignore them while I read the stories.

 I would say I do see quite an improvement in this part of the series from the preceding part and I am hoping I would be a happy reader in the next one. The book is definitely worth a read if you are into mythology or love books with a self help or motivational tone.