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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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Overall, I must say it is indeed an epic-making effort by the author. Can these two young princes succeed where veteran warriors have failed? I would like to see a Ramayana that is a cross between these two.

Queen Kaikayi and her aide Manthara are characters you won’t forget, not to mention the devil king Ravana! The book does a really good job presenting some of the myths of India. Subsequently, the series was telecast in over 30 countries worldwide and ran aehok half-hour episodes.

Not to mention the almost “black and white” characterisation and references to sensual and sexual episodes Oof views often veered from the outright derogatory [17] to effusive praise. Among his close friends were the son and daughter of the Rabbi of the Magen David Synagogue in Byculla, who also studied at the same high school.

Prince of Ayodhya

But Banker says, no, you know very little, and I bow before that verdict. Some can be understood fairly quickly by the context.

Not to mention the almost “black and white” characterisation and refer My love for all things mythological and historical led me to pick up “The Prince of Ayodhya”, although I wasn’t sure since This was something we have grown up reading and what new aspect will I find in it Not only that negative emotions are also given ample space in the narration. Looking forward to 17 more books in the series. It was in the same house in Byculla that Banker grew up, under the care of his grandmother.


Mar 28, Meera Srikant rated it really liked it. Colours of fiction”Banker’s views about bias: 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

As you read the novel they will be well etched in your mind. Nov 19, Smitha rated it did not like it. The first feeling I got while going through this book was as if I was watching a Bollywood flick. And this is not the only example. It is the basis of much of Indian mythology, theology, poetry and art. This doesn’t belong in a novel even remotely related to Vedic tradition, let alone the life of Rama.

His first novel though the fifth published Vertigo is about a man struggling to make a successful career and home life in Bombay the former name of Mumbai. So I set out to understand what exactly all the hoopla is about.

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Sorry, I couldn’t help but scream out loud. He took Persian and Urdu lessons ayohya a time and even won a college-level prize for Urdu-Translation in collaboration with a Pakistani friend.

His original Ajodhya screenplay Sid is an inspired retelling of the life of Gautama Buddha reborn in present-day America; it was optioned in by Excel Entertainment to be produced and directed by Farhan Akhtar. Now, with breathtaking imagination and brilliant storytelling, Ashok K. A good, interesting take on The Ramayana.

Humankind is about to face the deadliest battle ever for its own existence. Over 60 books 3 million copies 21 languages 61 countries.

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Black magic, people living for years, magic by manthara etc was too much to ashpk. And now, it is all about to end. Next book it is!! I guess this is one more of the same.


Banker is able to work his magic by still telling the …more Absolutely! This is epic storytelling, at an epic pace, which is not at all to say that it is a tedious read; you just can’t be expecting that the major villain, Ravana, will be defeated, or that he will even make much of an appearance, in this first book.

The story unfolds slowly, with enough emphasis given to each character. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. It’s hard to imagine what the rest of the seven books would be like given the ridiculous ease with which Rama defeats the very few hostile encounters he has, thanks to the godlike powers he’s simply given, no thanks to any struggle or quest or even apparent rhyme or reason, apart from the fact that he’s the king’s son.

And this was exactly it.

There are so many factual and language errors that is takes just a few minutes of research on Google to find out, for example, that “Sitaphal, Cauliflower, tomatoes, and potatoes” were not even grown in India during the Vedic times; Coconuts do not grow in the Ganges plains; Malyalees and Tamilians could not have traveled to Ayodhya simply to sell their wares; Sumitra would definitely have never said “Jay Mata Di!. Wikipedia, where I first landed, mentions this Ramayana series as one that is “credited with resurgence of mythology in Indian publishing”.

Ram rajya seems to be a bad period for Ayodhaya based on how the author has explained it.