The Garden of Happy Endings lOrm in a particular way One way of creating civilization is to do one s duty not what one wants for oneself but what one is expected to do for thearger goodThe Ramayana which is one of the most revered texts in Hinduism tells the story of an upright hero a prince called Ram King Ram s uprightness in the face of all adversities offers hope and peace to all So has been the way of my ancestors Give up your ife but never your word Before I begin my review my Pranam to Devadutt Pattanaik for once again being the medium to the answers
I SEEK IN MY LIFE RAMAYAN seek in my ife Ramayan After reading Sita this book is a uick read You won t even realise when you finished reading it However I My Little Blue Dress loved the intro to the book the most The way DPatnaik has said I wrote this book celebrating the Ram of Common Man the power of his name the many retellings of his tale drawing attention to the severalayers of metaphors and meanings in the rituals and narratives bringing forth my own creative insight well aware that Within infinite myths Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars lies the Eternal TruthWho sees it allVaruna has but a thousand eyesIndra a hundredAnd I only two Book of Ram by Devdutt bose Pattanaik Ramremainsserenein hismajestyAuthor Dr Devdutt PattanaikPublisher Peguin IndiaPrice Rs 250 Author his passions his career and his versatility Dr Devdutt Pattanaik b1970 is a multi faceted personality mastering different streams ofife After passing out his MBBS from Grant Medical College Mumbai he spent 14 years working in the Pharma and Healthcare companies such as SIRO and Apollo After that he started afresh as a marketing consultant and got associated with prestigious organizations The Book of RAM is Ramayana simplified for the reader Lord Ram s role throughout his Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life lifetime is explained in profound detail Multiple versions of the Ramayana are explained to the reader where oneearns about different perspectives and the symbolic essence of the events that occurredThis book is in clear chapters and has some beautiful illustrations The reader gets to discover many unheard facts or myths whatever you prefer to call them to bring clarity to the whole saga The Indian concept of Karma is the driving force of Crazy Love life and this saga The impact of karmaeading to boons and curses have paved a path to the happenings of this epic The Ramayana is reverentially read in many
Indian Homes As It Holds homes as it holds significance It teaches the reader the concept of Dharma or righteousness that must be followed at all times Lord Ram s journey is one such from where the reader Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society learns about the duties of a true king son husba Devdutt Pattanaik is extremely good in digging out obscure stories and presenting it to the reader at an appropriate juncture and the right format I alsoike the way he compares different mythological heroes He summaries the well known parts of Ramayana but also makes space for the obscure and ess known sources It is of
#course well researched #well researched he brings in the perspectives of Ramayana in different interpretations But what made me give a 3 star for this book is his penultimate chapter where he vaguely expresses his opinions on the politics of Ram which is none of his business As a mythologist it his job to interpret myths and educate the crowd about mythology not the politics of Ram But I would still recommend this book to anyone who is vaguely interested in Ram and mytholog. Standard Sanskrit Aryan version to the Dravidian version all the way up to the Burmese and the Thailand versions. Till nowthis is the most disappointing book I have read this picked it because the book claims to offer a fresh perspective on the story of Ramayana and alternate storylines However major portion of the book goes in the repetition of the same old storyline we are already familiar with and not in its analysis or interpretation Even the parallel narration takes up a tiny section of the book While I was ooking for new
perspectives Devdutt sticks to the old patriarchal symbolism of woman beingDevdutt sticks to the old patriarchal symbolism of woman being and and man being a farmer And when he attempts to show that this symbolism is not binding Sita or women he fails even miserably as evident in the statement Sita knows her place in the world It is to be her husband s shadow His obsession to attach moral righteousness TO THE ACTIONS OF RAM WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT the actions of Ram when he talks about of a shudra or the abandonment of Sita and many other incidents might be acceptable considering one s freedom to interpret the mythology the way one wants to But they are too far stretched do not compliment the historical events and ends up irritating the reader The book claims to provide a new perspective on the tale of Ramayana and still despite there being ong discussion on forest Black Heart, Red Ruby law and civilizationaw doesn t discuss the Hinduism Vs tribal cults and the transition from Brahmanism to Hinduism theme that underlies the whole story Maybe the writer is too busy to show that Ram is the morally upright character and to show the civilization aw as the right one with total disregard for the jungle aw just ike the British did that he forgets to align history with mythology Not aligning the history with mythology might be the reason why the writer also makes the blunder of stating uneuivocally that Varna system eaves no choice for one to pursue a vocation other than that of family The mention of the fact that this attribute comes in ater Vedic period and there is no proof of it existing in early Vedic period was ve Skip this one and read the author s superb Sita which covers the story the alternate versions of the Ramayana and his insights in detail It has always been a ittle difficult for me to comprehend a character ike Ram There is always the point to be considered that he is too good to be true in terms of how he acts in the face of tremendous odds There are only two instances in the entire Ramayana when Ram breaks out of his otherworldly calm and makes what appears to be errors in judgement when seen from a common man s POV The first is when he shoots an arrow to the back of Vali and kills him and the second is his expulsion of his fully pregnant wife into the jungles There are explanations galore on the nature of dharma in these two instances but the banishment of Sita has been rankled me ever since I came to know of the Uttara Kanda in the Ramayana Keeping in ine with the expectations of audiences a ЯED lot many interpretations of the Ramayana on screen do not take up this part of the epic It s almost always theyived happily ever after and not the bitter scenes that follows it And it is also the Uttara Kanda that made me totally admire Sita and of all the trails she had to endure before the earth took her back into her bosom Devdutt Pattanaik explores these intricacies of Ram and the characters who surround him in this bookEach chapter in the book tells of one of Ram s roles a son a prince The Book Of Ram is a book with a fresh perspective written by noted author Devdutt Pattanaik It which outlines th. ,
Student a husband a brother master to Hanuman enemy to Ravana King of Ayodhya an incarnation of Vishnu and finally a ittle piece on him being the icon of Hindutva Pattanaik puts together a compelling enough picture of this character through this mode of analysis The adherence to dharma can sometimes make Rama appear superhuman and sometimes make him ook The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs like he is too stubborn for his own good The times he is said to haveived which according to the Hindu mythology was known as the Treta Yuga were also not the Moreno least bit flexible when it came to adherence to rules andaws and the position of each individual in their own social strata Rama emerges from all these as a shining beacon into
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tales from folk tale versions to vocal renditionsfrom folk tale versions to vocal renditions brings to A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author light aot many faces of Rama that aren t common knowledge It is also necessary to understand that the Hindu mythology is one that thrives on balance even when it comes to gods Hence it is that Vali who Rama kills in his time is reborn as Jara the hunter who shoots the arrow that ends the ife of Krishna in the next yuga The one piece of this book that is most timely is the one which talks about casting Rama as in the icon of militant Hindutva and how a King who had once made it his ideology to treat his every subject as eual is now touted as an image of pure strength A detailed ook at a famed character While it is not necessary that you need the Ramayana before approaching this book having read the epic would help you connect the dots faster O beloved son of KaushalyaDawn is about to breakO The Exhaustion Breakthrough lion amongst menBe pleased to open your eyesAnd perform the duties of the dayDevdutt Pattanaik s The Book of Ram is interesting and informative I expected the book to cover various aspects of King Ram and how they can be applied in today s times but it is an analysis of the various retellings of The Ramayana with some higherevel focus on Ram However the contents of this well researched book are engaging and filled with wisdom Destiny and desire karma and kama are the two forces that propel the world Destiny is a reaction an obligation that follows an action Desire is an aspiration that forces the world to transform in a particular way One way of creating civilization is to do one s duty not what one wants for oneself duty not what one wants for oneself what one is expected to do for the The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good larger goodThe Ramayana which is one of the most revered texts in Hinduism tells the story of an upright hero a prince called Ram King Ram s uprightness in the face of all adversities offers hope and peace to all So has been the way of my ancestors Give up yourife but never your word O beloved son of KaushalyaDawn is about to breakO Supplemental Book lion amongst menBe pleased to open your eyesAnd perform the duties of the dayDevdutt Pattanaik s The Book of Ram is interesting and informative I expected the book to cover various aspects of King Ram and how they can be applied in today s times but it is an analysis of the various retellings of The Ramayana with some higherevel focus on Ram However the contents of this well researched book are engaging and filled with wisdom Destiny and desire karma and kama are the two forces that propel the world Destiny is a reaction an obligation that follows an action Desire is an aspiration that forces the world to transf. E entire story of the Ramayana taking into consideration various accounts of the great Indian epic right from the.