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Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom

by Krishna Dharma, Krishna Dharma, Valmiki Ramayana

Buy the book: Krishna Dharma. Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom

Release Date: August, 2000

Edition: Hardcover


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Buy the book: Krishna Dharma. Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom

A very famous story but...

I read this book with great interest. Certainly the story of Rama's tale is exciting and one that is recounted many time in the East. However, in reading the story, one thing kept getting in the way: the book keeps praising the virtues of Brahmins non-stop. After a while, this ceaseless glorification of Brahmins became extremely annoying, at least for a non-Indian like me. I am speculating here but the story of Ramayana probably had a big influence in the way the caste system in India evolve through the centuries.

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Retelling of a Classic Work of World Literature

Krishna Dharma's retelling of the Ramayana excels at conveying the greatness of this ancient story. The battles in the story are larger-than-life, the emotions intense.

I was put off a little by Rama's behavior from time to time, especially when you consider who he really is. The outcome of the story was utterly obvious from the moment we become aware of Rama's true identity; however, the twist in the story that occurs near the end caught me off guard.

There are other versions of the Ramayana that I've recently become aware of. One portrays the villain, Ravana, as the real hero; if this were one of Homer's poems, Ravana could definitely qualify as a great hero.

I highly recommend Krishna Dharma's retelling. He knows the story well enough, and is creative enough a writer, to fully convey all the messages and emotions the Ramayana attempts to send your way. The artwork is also very beautiful.

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