All through the read, this book gave me an impression that I was watching a movie 🙂
Amish’s description of his characters reminded me of Kalki in “Ponniyin selvan”. Enjoyed the way Ram was portrayed. An introverted prince with a tortured childhood, who believes that laws must be adhered to at any cost, a man who would look forward to a woman who deserves respect, a brave warrior and a devoted son! He is a package. Bharat’s character is also strong. He is witty, brave, daring and complements Ram. His romantic inclinations are equally interesting! We must wait for the next books in the series to know more:) Whenever the brothers come together there is humor that makes us laugh. The witty conversations portray the joy of brotherhood. Loved them. Sita, Ram’s love, is portrayed as a brave warrior, a compassionate comrade and a lovely wife. So was Sati in the Shiva trilogy. I respect u Amishji! For you have broken the stereotype that women are delicate and must be handled like flowers ( one of the insane comments that came out during the nirbhaya incident ). Of course there are Urmila and Roshini, who are portrayed as delicate. The point nailed is, women needn’t always be delicate. The relationship between Manthara and Kaikeyi is more realistic in this era. So is the characterization of Dhasarath. Shatrugnan the nerd and Lakshman the devoted brother didn’t deviate much from the original version of the Ramayan.
Coming to the plot, it is obvious that the nirbhaya case had initiated an intense thought process in the writer. But Roshini dint deserve such a gruesome murder. Was it even necessary to be included?
And the bee hive chamber, and it’s design was totally not comprehensive. Or dint I understand what you tried to explain? If it would work, we should definitely try that for our urban planning. Amitji, why don’t you get it patented before some real estate builder implements it? 😉
The reason that Ram puts up for his exile is not much convincing! He fired the deivastras, yes, but it din’t serve the purpose, Raavan was not killed. So whats the point? This is not a convincing reason for embracing exile. The fact that Sita, the prime minister of Janakapuri leaves her country just like that after the combat with the Lankans, doesn’t make sense as well. What if Ravan would come back gathering another army? There is a logical flaw here, but i chose to enjoy the narration than being a critic.
Relished Sita’s depiction as a true warrior, Ram’s admiration for Sita and Sita’s devotion for Ram! It was amazing to watch the trailer, which portrayed the description in the book exactly. Sita’s introductory scene was perfect. And the intensity of the whole story is conveyed rightly in the trailer. This is the first book trailer that i have ever watched and I am carried away by the trailer 🙂 Probably, this book could make a nice movie too 😛
So finally there comes the link between the Shiva Trilogy and the Rama Chandra series. Shiva trilogy deals with the disintegrating Meluhan empire. Shiva comes to the aid of the Meluhans. Ram and Sita are laying the foundation for the Meluhan empire. So essentially, the Ram Chandra series will talk about the Meluhan empire in the making 🙂 These two series share a common plot. There are flaws here and there, it seemed like the Shiva trilogy concluded abruptly and Scion of Ikshvaku is boring until Sita’s swayamvar. But still both these series are closely knitted with our epics and they are endearing because they resonate our mythology!