Prince of Ayodhya (Book One of the Ramayana) [Ashok K. Banker] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. THIS IS BRAND NEW BOOK. Ashok Kumar Banker is an author and screenwriter. His writing spans crime thrillers, essays, .. Prince of Ayodhya (); Siege of Mithila (); Demons of Chitrakut (); Armies of Hanuman (); Bridge of Rama (); King of. The original Ramayana was written in Sanskrit by a reformed thief-turned-sage named Valmiki, possibly as long ago as 2, B.C. Now, with breathtaking.

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We have the return of an ancient evil many now consider mythical. Ram and Sita were childhood friends and Ram secretly desires her, so much so as Laxman desires Urmila!!

Beautiful Ugly and the complementary documentary of the same title are a tribute to his mother, portraying the tragic events of her life. Although it has often appeared on readers’ choice polls as a favourite contemporary fiction on post-liberalisation India, it is one of Banker’s lesser known works.

The book didn’t feel original.

Prince of Ayodhya: The Ramayana, Book I — book review

Now, with breathtaking imagination, Indian novelist Ashok K. The whole book of odd pages can be summarized in 2 sentences. This retelling by Mr. And only Rama, Prince of Ayodhya, can hope to prevent the onslaught of darkness. Retrieved from ” https: Ashok Banker asho as a successful freelance journalist and columnist for several years, breaking front-page news for publications such as The Times of IndiaMumbai, and cover stories [15] for Outlook magazineNew Delhi.

I read one guy’s disappointed comment on Amazon, to the effect that it was ayodhha to be something like Lord of vanker Rings, and he hadn’t found it that way at all. The author has given a lot of attention See the full review here http: If you have the slightest interest in Indian mythology, od is the book you can’t miss.


But then, it is simply not fair to compare in spite of our vain desire for ranking and comparison. Although it is an epic, Banker smoothly translates it into the kind of reading our generation is used to.

A story retold — but makes for one good reading. What I really liked about this book was that the mythical characters get fleshed out as real people, to a great extent, even if they are supposedly perfect.

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The palace intrigues back in Rama’s native city of Ayodhya are more successful, but ultimately not enough to carry the book. Its a family story without the sex and uncensored violence!!

I read the first 7 books and the series ebbs and flows through the story with battles, strategy and legends I grew up learning about. Jul 01, Ranjit More rated it really liked it.

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Writing sporadically for television from the mid s onwards, Ayoehya scripted over episodes of broadcast television for various series. It’s so foreign to the Western way of portraying characters more realistically.

I have not read the original and have only made do with the epic serial on DD channel during the prex7 TV days — I find this piece interesting to delve in. Not having read an original un-abbreviated Ramayanaya, I am not sure whether the incidents are reinvented or same as original. Also unknown to me was the fact that Lakshman – Ramas younger brother and trusted companion – died in the battle with Tataka and had to be resurrected.


His refusal to identify himself as belonging to a caste, religion or community caused many conflicts during his childhood, since it was at odds with India’s traditional caste-based social structure. Banker is able to work his magic by still telling the original story, but injecting it with graphic descriptions of fight sequences that match epic saga battles found in other fantasy series.

A Rama who is neither overly simplified like in the Tripathi’s series nor the overly glorified Rama in the Banker’s series.

This style of writing is sure to fascinate new and younger readers worldwide who are yet unfamiliar with this epic.

At the same time, Banker offers Indians themselves a new perspective insight into a story that has long been regarded by them as a purely religious asho. For that, you will have to reach for Rajgopalchari’s Ramayana. The book annoyed me at times.

This book has satisfied my fears of the notion that the Ramayan is slow and way to fantastical to digest.

The book also dwells on relationships – the brotherly love the four brothers shares, the relationship King Dasratha has with his queens, the respects disciples have for their guru, the love and concern queens have for their sons. I personally didn’t realize from my reading of the more popular versions that Manthara the hunchbacked maid of the second queen was a double agent for Ravana. Society Magazine, cover story titled “Byculla Boy”, August