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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Tulsidas’s Ramcharithmanas did not claim to be a rendition of the Ramayana and hence shows the more gentler and fluffy feel-good side, with the foreknowledge that Rama is a god running through the background. The author has tried to be true to Valmiki’s version, rather than the watered down, docile Tulsidas version, that today’s Ramayana followers are so accustomed to.

I have to praise the libraries here. This page was last edited on 12 Octoberat View all 5 comments. My subject here is to speak about the Ramayana series by Ashok Banker.

There is hardly any story plot.

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If the author couldn’t stick to that simple fact, which, goes without sayi Ashok Banker is a ayochya writer and this is a great book and he’s got his heart in the right place, but there are some things I’m not happy about. Having depicted different aspects of Ramayana in dance and watched them being performed, it just looked like a theme beaten to death. But nothing more scary than that. Although moving at a brisk pace, the retelling of the epic does not come close to the standards of similar works such as the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series.


Also, Hindustani words like “khamosh” and “wafadar” which again seemed out of pl From all I’d read about this series, I expected to enjoy this a lot but I was pretty disappointed.

Prince of Ayodhya

I think when it is fantasy or mythology, reader should be allowed to get into that context and enjoy. John from the Bible, produced by Kelly and performed by Banker and other students at their high school auditorium, Hill Grange. Jatayu also comes in as a spy of Ravana.

Banker is able to work his magic by still telling the …more Absolutely! Yes, he proves Rama to ayodhyya an able warrior and dutiful son but that is about all. I am not touching another books of this author for sure. View all 6 comments.

Refresh and try again. This theme is continued throughout the other books where he refuses to lift the divine astras to protect the dying vanars and bears during the war on the pretext that this is a holy war and should be won fair and square. The first part of the book was really enjoyable though all people were clearly black or white.

Queen Kaikayi and her aide Manthara are characters you won’t forget, not to mention the devil king Ravana! Except Dasaratha maybe, who is a great king but done wrong prrince his first queen But once the sorcery comes in abundantly, it became boring. I’ve never been so glad to have finished this book and move on.

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Mind you, this is not a version you read to kids. As ayodjya reviewer said, Banker knows how to hold the reader’s attention, ending each chapter on a tense note. This version of Ramayana is clearly R-rated, more for the horror. The details are still very restrictive, but the imagination is clear in the minds of the azhok — or is it just me? Banker has recreated this epic tale for modern readers everywhere. I must ayodgya I am a tad bit disappointed. The only reason I rated it as 2 stars because it is Ramayana.


But anyone who reads this — keep your finger in the glossary, and be prepared to do a lot of flipping. The Week, cover story, August Teenaged prince Rama is everything a culture hero should be, incredibly fit, skilled and pious. You’d think there wouldn’t be much real conflict, or suspense. Jun 30, sean rated it it was ok.

If you have the slightest prinec in Indian mythology, this is the book you can’t miss. I admit, the pace of the book maybe slow by some readers’ standards, but almost every page thoroughly enjoyable regardless.

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

Maharaja Dasaratha, the King of Ayodhya, is an old man plagued price a mysterious illness. Invigorating lrince 4 Death of Laxman: Though the story is about Rama, it is Lakshman’s experience in two separate chapters that is captivating.

And trying to insert scientific, geographical knowledge etc. This brings freshness to the old stories and makes their intricate, discursive narratives more accessible to an audience that has been bred on the linear plots of Hollywood and Bollywood movies.

Most recently, literary critic Zac O’Yeah wrote: Who believes in street gossip and is a pawn in the hands of evil ministers. If you have the slightest interest in Indian mythology, this is the book you can’t miss.

Then there were other oddities like references to Dashrata and his ministers dancing the bhangra or people cooking dosa on the streets of Ayodhya – I mean really?