Amish Tripathi himself is a legacy, recreating the mythology and telling a story never told before. With Shiva trilogy, containing the age of Mahadev; the destroyer and with this new book comes a retelling of the age of a Vishnu; the propagator of good. Before I continue, I’d specially mention that this is a work of fiction and be looked at as so. This debut novel, in the Ram Chandra Series marks the significant task to be carried out by Ram, giving more emphasis on Ram’s birth, his education, his good deeds when in power, and a hasty effort to show his life during the period of his fourteen year exile.
The story is derived from the life of Lord Ram, Maryada Purushottam; a true follower of rules, is depicted in a whole new story through Scion Of Ikshvaku. There have been a few alterations from the life of Lord Ram, which obviously are a source of apathy for the reader. Like the battle in Karachapa, on the exact day on which Ram was born, between Dasharath and Raavan. The somber effect of the one sided defeat of Dasharath, the emperor of Sapt Sindhu, ensued by the persistent times for the Prince Ram and his affection to following the laws, lands him in the Dandakaryana forest in the fourteen year exile.
There hasn’t been given much of a thought while writing about the training of Ram, Bharat, Lakshman and Shatrughan(originally Shatrughna), which is again dull phase in the book. Though there are instances where Guru (teacher) Vashistha bestows knowledge on the four princes. A few philosophical conversations between Ram and Guru Vashistha are a notable part of this book. This novel goes about in a peculiar way and I, for one, am not able to understand the intricate manner in which the characters have behaved about the conspiracies. Though this was an actual part of what happened according to the Puranas; containing the mythology, it didn’t seem to leave the impact, the way Puranas did.
Being a fictional story, it doesn’t seem to induce the reader. Nevertheless, this is not just intriguing storytelling, but captivating because of the magnificent knack of Amish and intricately woven storyline. Ram’s study on the Smriti’s and the laws drawn from them. His clinging on to the laws even when Roshni, his rakhi-sister falls prey to the atrocious acts of Dhenuka, an arrogant boy, killing her ruthlessly. Character development has been in place though there’s much difference between this story and the one from the Puranas, which is hard to believe at the first instance. But there are moments like that of Sita’s Swayanwar; an ancient practice of choosing a husband; when it is fiction that alleviates the efficacy of real events.
The Final Word:
The author tries too hard to build a story emphasizing on persistent times for the protagonist to come out as a person of notable character, but fails impeccably to focus on the pragmatic display of events following. Amish strives to give in an extra effort to make the climax more thrilling, making for the tumble while not holding the façade to its opulence. It appears as though the only memorable piece was the reverential character of Lord Ram, along with Lady Sita, Lord Lakshman and the philosophical touch that kept it alive. For me it was 3.5/5
Om Vishnave Namah;
The universe bows to Lord Vishnu
I bow to Lord Vishnu.