Got some really moments like Valmiki is introduced very differently, as are Hanuman and Sugreeva.The not so great part Ravana s abduction of Sita could have been simpler The new version is just okay. Why do epics need retelling So that every new storyteller can infuse something new, make the story perfect and exciting and make his generation accept the epic in their own way Ashok Banker has gone quite a bit down that road Placing Kiskindha in north eastern India seems to be the least surprising Tweaking episodes like the killing of Vali has made his Rama honourable and perfect than in the original story He has dedicated paragraphs to describe the workings of Rama s mind, to explain how a near perfect being might exist and act He works his magic with Ravana too After his revival with none other than Rama s blood, he changes his outward behaviour completely However this new peaceful Ravana seems to be hatching a new devious scheme, which he successfully hides from his wife, his brother and his sons In this way, he becomes a really dangerous villain whom Rama has to face which is fitting as light can t shine without darkness The kidnapping of Sita has been shown in a brand new and thrilling way We also see a new twist in the story of Valmiki Overall, a great book through and through A new way of bringing out our heritage Totally engrossing. nice tapestry and way of exgragrating the ramayana Still loving the story, but the book kind of dragged at the beginning Maybe dragged isn t the best word This part of the series is called Armies of Hanuman so I would think Hanuman would be introduced before the halfway point, and the armies would come in well before the last few chapters, but that is not the case Perhaps my expectations put too much pressure on what is otherwise a good story. The series starts wonderfully with captivating narrative It is one of those books that you want to finish in one read because it is impossible to put down But somewhere after the third book in the series the grip progressively diminishes Sita s abduction was dragged and could have been shorter Banker s dimensionless characters are again a hurdle Despite having read four books on Rama I can only feel a detached sympathy for his plight A protaganist must persuade his readers to advocate his cause, to feel his burden, to writhe in fury at the unfairness of his unfortunate circumstances and yet I don t I just want Rama to get on with the war and be done with it so I can move on to the next book And again as a reader I am reminded of how important characters are to a book so than the plot sometimes Banker s language that I so begrudgingly admired in the first two books also seems to have faltered A wonderfully begun series begins to wilt like a flower under a hot, summer sun And my interest wilts with it. The 4th book of the series continues with the journey of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana to Panchavati, after the war of Janasthana is iover.All three are eagerly awaiting their return to home, when all hell breaks loose.We also get introduced to our furry friends, Hanuman, and his tribe of vanars.Sita is abducted , so onto the next book This a 2.5 for me the book was too slow as compared to earlier books and there were time where it failed to keep me interested and i just wanted to get it over with Though some parts still had the usual charm that is present with Ashok s work. Need I say , Jai Aanjaneya Rama Finally Achieves Victory Against The Rakshasas In The Bloody Battle Of Janasthana He Now Looks Forward To A Time Of Harmony In The Lush Environs Of His Retreat At PanchvatiBut, As Rama Soon Realizes, The War Is Yet To Be WonTormented By Unsatiated Lust, In A Hellish Fury, Supanakha, The Demoness Scorned, Makes A Desperate Journey To The Island Kingdom Of Lanka There She Succeeds In Reviving Her Comatose Cousin Ravana, Supreme Lord Of The Asuras, As Ruthlessly Determined To Seek Revenge Against Rama As She Is Their Diabolic Mission Will Test The Very Limits Of Rama S Courage, Skill And Endurance
Author Over 70 books 3 million copies 21 languages 62 countries UPON A BURNING THRONE now out in the US.
- 432 pages
- Armies of Hanuman (Ramayana, Book 4)
- Ashok K. Banker
- 10 November 2017 Ashok K. Banker