Rating: 4.2/5


Lord Vishnu has been central part of Indian purans.  Lord Vishnu has played an emotional and powerful role in every age of according to purans. Acc to Vishnu Purans, Lord has incarnate on earth to reinstate Dharma ten times. From his Matsaya Avatar (Fish incarnation) to Buddha (Many Hindu sect believe that Goutama Buddha was avatar of Lord Vishnu because his mother had dream of Whilte elephant (Erawat- Elephant of Indra) before he born), Vishnu has amused Indian with his wisdom and preaching in Every age. India celebrates Lord Rama (Maryada Pursottam) and Lord Krishana (Purna avatram) most in all puranas, yet all his avatara get equal respect in series of Vishnu Avatar.

My review of this book simply, celebrates the versatility of Amish creativity. Amish has given an drifting and dramatically changes in main story of Ramayana. His technique of storytelling which is according to writer is an hyperlink way to connect with main course is experimental and unique. Three main characters of Ramayana : Ram, Sita and Ravana story has been derived up to abduction of Sita by Ravana and then main story will lead to end of Ramayana. Amish have put great effort and some alternative incident in main story. Few of them is belongs to main course change incident. Like Ram exile for fourteen years, Sita Sawayamvar and who is really Vishnu? Kind of question.

“The Great Vishnu will come in every age to reinstate dharma and reduction of Adharma. Vishnu will punish the wrongdoers and reinstate the state of absolute sages- Bhagwat Gita (paraphrase)”

What actually excite me in his novel that how amish politely and yet strongly defined Lord rama which utterly misunderstood by feminist. According to feminist in India, Lord rama was guilty of leaving Devi Sita when she was in need due to public blame her for staying in Lanka and suspect her. The argument which presented by Amish is astonishing and non-devotional. He explain that why ram was alone person who suffers from his decision of leaving Sita. I would like to explain his argument is short.

Lord Ram was not only Pursotam but maryada pursotam (a title given to him which means a person who is ideal person for following the laws). Lord Rama was not only a good king, good warrior but before all this he was the men of principle. He was not believers of only forcing rules and laws on his people. He was supporter of following them by everyone including the royal family. He believed that a king is father to his people and he must chose his people over personal life, personal desir to be an ideal king. He believes that Vedic rules must be followed by society to create stable and idealistic. When his people doubt on Sita, he has two way to tackle that situation. Either he avoid the blame which is baseless (he certainly know about that) or he obey his raj dharma to handle that question. He was aware that these question never gonna stop no matter how much time sita prove her innocent, that’s how society work. They (people) challenge every claim and narrative in certain period of time. Lord Ram chose to have action irrespective of his inner understanding about Sita purity. He wanted to end this question, permanently. He used the most powerful tool of philosophy which is “sacrifice for society”. In recent monotheistic religions we have seen that how sacrifice has taken as more emotional acceptance amongst people than any kind of debate and rational argue. Jesus could build an army against Roman empire, Buddha could start an war against crooked ritualistic Brahmins and Vaishya but they didn’t. Gandhi could choose an armed war against British, but they chose the most damaging weapon against their opponent that is Sacrifice the personal life to show the ideal path. Lord Rama did the same for welfare of society who might be victim of Women torturing over Sita abduction rumors.

Amish answer this question brilliantly and explain that how an leader must sacrifice his personal gain for larger good of society and the most sufferer for this would be the person who known as “Bhagwan” & “Mahatama”. Sacrifice personal life for society is tradition of ancient India, where many sadhus took sanyasha for understanding the divine and good for society. Now, Lord Rama attempt of his sacrifice utterly fail indeed in Ramayana because unknowingly he has to fight with his own sons. In second chance also he become utterly rule follower, and ask another agani pariksha which instate him Marayada purshottam but unpractical husband and father (who know may be that is why Lord rama has reincarnate as Krishana where he used rules acc to retaining dharma irrespective of moral conduct).

In many platforms, few feminists ask that what was the need of Sita aligned with Ram in his second book. Malayputras (those who chose Vishnu) and vayuputras (who chose Mahadev) power tussle give response to this answer. Sita was fully capable of being Vishnu but few things which was uncertain in this story. Ram and Sita were players of power tussle between Vayuputra and malayputras. Moreover Viswamitra (Malayputra head) was revenge with vashistha (Vayuputra support him) has increase doubt on sita mind. She was aware that Vishwamitra was using her for his revenge with Vishwamitra. Lord Ram liberal ideas on Marriage, Law and order, Dharm astonished her in novel and she was aware that Vishwamitra somehow want to downplay Ram so they can put forward sita as next Vishnu without Vayuputra contradiction. But vayuputra and vasistha had their own contendors which was problem for Vishwamitra.

Viswamitra decided to eradicate Ram from race by forcing him to break one of the Bhagwan Rudra rule which is “Use of divine weapon”. As everywhere known that Ram was hardcore law follower so he was not going to break the law for anyone. But Vishwamitra used Sita and created love for him. He simply insulted Ravana, so Ravana can attack on Mithila and vishwamitra can use Sita love for breaking the rule of use asurastra. This rule shall be punished with fourteen years exile which can simply eradicate the race amongst Vishnu. The rule had been created by vayuputra itself so they cannot counter it.

But what changed Sita’s mind at last? I think It was pure and honest love for Lord Ram. It was honest and pure respect for lawful man who want to change in society.

I suggest this book must be read by every youngster to have alternative narrative on Ramayana and an enjoyable drive through ancient india’s path of wisdom, dharma and little fiction.

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