Book Review: RAMAYANA The Game of Life Shattered Dreams Book 2 By Shubha Vilas
*Publisher: Jaico Publishing House *ISBN: 978-81-8495-531-6 *Publication Year: 2015 *No of Pages: 387 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Religion & Philosophy/Self-Help *Price: 350 *Rating5/5
An Indian mythology told differently. Shattered dreams is second part of the Ramayana series. This book provides vast knowledge to today’s youths. Footnotes are a good example on how to face any situation in daily life. The author’s way of conveying the entire tale is so excellent that it keeps readers hooked up from the very beginning. I have watched the Ramayana in Doordarshan and also heard about it from different sources, but what makes this book different is because of his in-depth detailing of any particular situation, and point to point self-help footnotes are good bonus given by the author.
By reading this book I got to know how Dasharatha got his name, Ravana’s name was Dasagriva but lord Shiva called him Ravana because of his courage and sincerity on knowledge of Vedas. Also got to know according to Indian mythology why peacocks feathers have different shades, why crows are given importance in our Shastra’s, why Bharata refused to become king etc.
Each and every character are like Dasaratha, Kausalya, Sumitra, Kaikeyi, Lakshmana, Bharatha, Shatrugna, Urmila, Manthara, Vasistha etc are so vividly defined by author that their message is easily understood by the readers. What I liked the most is Six Anarthas to Conquer, Pause to think page no. 112, five management mantras page no.334. Also the romance of Rama and Sita is very well portrayed.
I highly recommend this book to mythology and self-help readers. A must read for every Indian soul.
Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national bestseller, Rise of the Sun Prince, in the new spiritual and motivational series Ramayana – The Game of Life. Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodhya since the wedding of Rama and Sita at the end of the Book 1.
Now, in shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama’s exile. Through tales of Rama’s unwavering and enigmatic persona, the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively; through Bharata’s actions, it teaches us to handle temptation; and through Sita’s courage, to explore beyond our comfort zone. This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail.
With Valmiki’s Ramayana as its guiding light, Shattered Dreams deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitramanas, as well as folk philosophy from the Loka Pramana tales, to demonstrate how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. Experience the ancient saga of the Ramayana like never before.
Shubha Vilas author of the book “Ramayana - The Game of Life” published by Jaico, holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications. He has also completed L.L.B (Specializing in Intellectual Property Law).
Shubha Vilas began his career with the Tata Group and later joined the international law firm in Bangalore which he quit to serve the society at large by taking charge of a publishing house Tulsi Books which has published over 10 books under his leadership.
Shubha Vilas now counsels and guides students in the area of leadership, overcoming failures, managing stress from various colleges like IISC, Bangalore, BITS Pilani, Goa, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Sydnem College, etc.
His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought- provoking seminars on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, ‘Soul Curry to Stop Worry’ and ‘Work–Life Balance’ to name a few.
Shubha Vilas has also been assisting business leaders as their lifestyle coach, conducting regular classes on Spirituality and Management to help them live a wholesome life.
He also helps individuals apply the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and other dharmic traditions in dealing with modern- day life situations.
This book is the fruit of his deep study and understanding of lessons of Ramayan as it applies to life today.
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