After The Shiva Trilogy became the fastest selling book series in India’s publishing history, Amish came up with the Ram Chandra Series which will comprise of five books. The first book in the series is Scion Of Ikshvaku, and I am here to tell you if it’s a good read or not.
There are a lot of different ways of narration, Amish is inspired by a storytelling technique called hyperlink, or as a lot of people refer to it as multilinear narrative. In such a way of narrative, there are many characters, and a connection brings all of them together. In the Ram Chandra Series there are three main characters- Ram, Sita and Raavan. They all have life experiences and finally they all come together. Like in the first book, Scion Of Ikshvaku, the story begins with the birth of Ram and ends at the kidnapping of Sita. The second book, Sita- Warrior of Mithila, begins with the birth of Sita and concludes with her kidnapping. The third book in the series, Raavan- Orphan Of Aryavarta, will begin with the birth of Raavan and will finish with the kidnapping of Sita. All three books will converge in the fourth book of the series, and the story will move forward.
The first book, Scion Of Ikshvaku, takes us through all the encounters that Ram had all through his life till the kidnapping of his wife, Sita. The story will let us know about Ram’s early life as kid. His life while he was in a gurukul, and his relations with his brothers- Bharat, Lakshman, and Shatrugan. How was his life after gurukul. About his marriage and relations with Sita. And finally about Sita’s kidnapping.
I have to say here that I’m not a fan of reading mythology, it’s not something that I read regularly and this was the first ever mythological book that I read, but I enjoyed it. There wasn’t a moment when I got distracted from the book or I felt like I don’t want to read this anymore. It keeps you interested in what is going on. Which obviously is a plus point.
The books starts with a punch. Its starts with a battle between King Dashrath and Raavan. The words used during that battle are quite discriptive and it feels like you are standing in that battlefield watching everything unfold in front of your eyes.
Usually when you read any kind of book, let’s take an example of Sita- Warrior Of Mithila, which I’m reading right now, the author leaves something said by the speaker or gives such a description of a place that it feels like you have to read the next chapter right away or you won’t be able to sleep all night. You don’t get any such thing in the book. Though the book is interesting you don’t all the time feel excited.
The language used by the characters in the book is colloquial espically while there is a converstaion going on between the brothers, one of the instance is when Bharat says to Ram, “The law is and always will be an ass” And these things might questionable, not by the young readers but by the older age readers who might think of it as offensive.
Amish’s idea behind the series is to know what an ideal society is. He tries to do that, mostly through dialogues and repartee between the brothers. Is a ruler with questionable character better than a morally upright one if he takes care of his people? Is lying justified if the truth might hurt somebody? Are truth, duty and honour bigger virtues than victory? These are some of the questions the book raises, even as it gives voice to opposite viewpoints, it lets the readers to make up for themself on which side of the debate they stand.
Sita doesn’t have a part to play throughout the book but she has been portrayed in an avatar of a warrior. And that’s what the title of the second installment of the series is, Sita- Warrior Of Mithila. This maybe acceptable or maybe not, because we are used to see Sita not as a person of a fierce character but as a very calm person who’s always behind her husband, Ram, to take cover. But the description of Sita is very different. There are a lot of different Ramayanas written in the past and in one of the Ramayana Sita was the one of who killed Raavan but these are all different stories, I don’t know what to believe.
So all in all, Scion Of Ikshvaku, is an easy-to-understand mythological tale, it has a potential to grip the attention of masses, espically youth, who wants a light read. I’m going with 4 out of 5 this book, I feel that if you haven’t yet, now is the time to read it.
And also the review of, the second book, Sita- Warrior Of Mithila, is coming very soon on this blog so stay tuned. Thanks for all your support!
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