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- Print Length: 374 pages
- Publisher: Westland (22 June 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W1YF1IY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 5,760 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ram - Scion of Ikshvaku (Ram Chandra Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Amish is a 1974-born, IIM (Kolkata)-educated, boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions. Amish’s books have sold more than 5 million copies and have been translated into over 19 languages.
”Overall, Scion of Ikshvaku is a fast-paced, action-packed retelling of the Ramayana. I look forward to the next volume in the series” – Daily O
Like the Shiva trilogy, this again is not a retelling, but rather a complete re-imagining of the original story using the same characters but with fresh perspectives and modern sensibilities” – New Indian Express
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AMISH sir... You are too good in this mythological areas... Thank you so much for this and keep writing....
The first chapter begins with the kidnapping of Sita by Raavan in his pushpak Vimaan and death of Jatayu, a naga, who tried to save Sita. The story breaks at second chapter and it narrate the turn of actions that leads to this event.
The narration begins with the battle of Karachapa, in which the unconquerable chakravarti king Dashrath is defeated by the king of Lanka, Raavan. Coincidently, on the same day Ram is born to Kaushalya, the eldest wife of Dashrath. Dashrath is convinced that Ram is born with a bad karma and is a bad omen, as on the day of his birth he lost his battle.
Amish’s has brought all the characters in the book alive with true emotions. The scenes will come vivid from the book, be it Kaikeyi saving Dashrath in the battle field, or Bharath avenging her sister Roshni, Manthara performing the rituals of her deceased daughter, Lakshman risking his life time and again to save Ram, Ram admiring Sita the first time he see her, Sita standing bold in the market place saving a teenage, Urmila crying to join Lakshman in the exile and many more.
Really appreciate Amish’s imaginations of inheriting Draupadi’s swayambar from Mahabharat into Sita’s Swayambar. Hanuman ji did do a guest appearance in this book, who with his men are still on the way locating Ram.
The author has brought into focus many of the social norms like caste system. Why birth should not be important but the actions should be important. He does open debate against polygamy just for political alliance. He has made successful attempt to link the vayuputras, nagas and soamras from his previous Siva Trilogy. I loved this book. This is one of the finest books I read in 2015. No doubt I will recommend this book to all readers.
What I have learned from his writings is that "Birth does not have a role in deciding one's caste. The discipline and their deeds together decide one's caste"
Scion of Ikshvaku is Amish's version of the Ramayan. It's Amish fictional and interpretation of the tale of Lord Ram and Lady Sita. Book is fast-paced adventure based on several versions of the Ramayan, melded with historical theories and imagination. The story tracks the journey of Ram, the son of Dashrath and the founder of what is known today as Ram Rajya, the perfect empire. It traces his struggle, his love, his destiny as he set about creating this perfect empire. All of his books have a core philosophy, with the story to convey it. The philosophies are usually drawn from his understanding of Indian scriptures and life experiences. In the Shiva Trilogy, the core philosophy was built around this question: What is Evil? The answer is not simple. In Scion of Ikshvaku,he is trying to explore this question: What is an ideal society? And in this case too, the answer is not simple. Amish's point of view is so believable and practical.
Worth a read.
Top international reviews
I enjoyed the philosophical background and debates - some very thought provoking. I did find that it was these that seemed to be driving the narrative as they were a large part of the main characters raison d’être. Perhaps it is a cultural difference that informs the style? I enjoyed the book but it did take a while to get used to the narrative style.
I do want to know what happens next but I am not as desperate to pick up the second book as I have been in some series.
One more thing, to my surprise, the style of Ikshvaku is not like of Meluha. Rather, it is similar to “Raiders from the North” by Alex Rutherford. Hmm...
It is must read – looking forward to the next in series.
Verdict its a good read and entertaining take on the ramayan it paints a picture of the main people in a way that explains various occurances in the story