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Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta (Ram Chandra Series - Book 3) Paperback – 1 January 2019
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But, Ravana did end with a superbly revealing Climax. It was indeed an amazing journey.
Must read. As usual hats off to Amish's Researchful brain and his way to entangle the mythology to his fiction. Lesser known characters like vedvati and samichi are very well placed.
Ravanas love life and his reasons for whatever he does leaves you with goosebumps.
The brotherly love bond between Ravana and Kumbhakarna is so full of emotions.
Lots of happy ,sad, proud and cry moments .
I would say 4.5/5.
When Amish launched Rama, the first book of Ramayana Series, he told that he would be writing this series in a multilinear way: the lives of Ram, Sita and Ravana will be described in three different books and then be merged together on a single most important event of their life: Kidnapping of Sita. The first thought that crossed my mind that time, was that of repetition of the same story in 3 books but with three different perspectives. It was a good try on the author’s part and I started the series.
Rama was good: plot line was being set up and Sita was better: even if some things were repetitive, story-line was opening to a next level and writing was also good.
But when I started Ravana, few pages into the books and my fears of repetition of the story started hitting me.
When you will read this review, you will feel that how many times this guy has used Repetition word. This was actually how I felt when I read Ravana.
Amish made one of the most feared Super-Villain into a lover boy and now everything he does, it’s out of love, whether killing a whole village to kidnapping of Sita. There is one instance at the ending which proves that battle between Vasistha and Vishwamitra was also because of some ‘She’. So, Ravana is fighting because of His love for vedvati, Rama is fighting because of His love for Sita, Kumbhakarna is fighting for his love for Ravana, Vishwamitra and Vasistha are fighting for their long-lost love. So, in a nutshell, everyone is fighting everyone because of love and there are no other emotions left in the Amish World. Sorry I couldn’t digest this.
Sita is the child of Vedvati, it was so clear in the middle of the book that I was not at all surprised. Samichi part was better in Sita but the relationship between Samichi and Khara was not explored at all.
Complete focus of the entire story was on Ravana, his love life Vedvati, his sorrow and pains when she left her and how his actions were defined after her death. Story of a Typical Bollywood movie.
I loved the younger Ravana very much. He was dark, cruel and full of hatred but the feelings were pure. I think love towards Vedvati made him confused about his feelings and crippled him to become more truthful towards himself. He was a villain and he should have acknowledged it but his actions were always shadowed by her.
I am not sure what actually went wrong with this book, maybe Amish was struggling with his personal life and he just wanted to get this completed because it was the most dark book he ever wrote. But maybe that rushed feeling, it’s attached to the book and it corrupted the true soul of the master villain of this book.
There are no secrets/surprises as of now about what will happen in next two books. I am waiting for the twists of course and want Amish to prove me wrong!
Jai Shri Rudra!
1. It is an action-packed adventure packed 5-star entertainer. Technically, I gave it 4.5 stars but you get the drift.
2. The character of Raavan is something to look forward to. There are many shades to Raavan and the entire character arc is done very well. You will admire him, maybe love him, detest him, pity him and would want to hate him to no end but there is no way you can deny the charisma of the man. Right till the end of the book, you never really get to know him completely. There is certainly a different kind of an enigma in the character.
3. The character of Kumbhkaran - he is yet another character whom you should look forward to, whose usual treatment in other fictions and popular culture has been quite caricaturish. But, Amish surprises you with Kumbhkaran. He is humble, polite, grounded and dharmic. His selfless devotion to his brother is the stuff dreams are made of.
4. The vivid descriptions of the cities and the palaces, the battle scenes and the people, the social fabric and the economic system - there is a lot of description in the narrative that adds to the beauty of the book. In addition to that, there is a good dose of knowledge to be gained from the book.
5. It's a racy read with simple language. The book makes use of a language that will appeal as much to a beginner as it will to a regular reader. Amish does well when he leaves out the irrelevant years of Raavan's life while focusing only on the important events which matter.
6. While we do get the answers to all the questions that were left unanswered in the previous books, Raavan creates some more mysteries on the way that will leave you on a cliffhanger once again. This makes sure that you are as excited about the next book as you were about this one.
7. It is just so different from any other fiction that has been written on and about Ram, Sita, Raavan, and Ramayana.
In the end, the book is totally worth the wait and I am excitedly looking forward to the next in the series.
Top international reviews
Few obscene words were irritants, could have been easily avoided.
Ravans character portrayed nicely