Book Review: Ram – Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi

Here’s my take on Ram – Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi.

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BLURB

Ram Rajya. The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price. He paid that price.

3400 BCE. INDIA

Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram.

He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he, against the darkness of chaos.

Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfil the destiny of the Vishnu?

Begin an epic journey with Amish’s latest: the Ram Chandra Series.

REVIEW

We all know the story of Ramayana – we’ve heard it a lot of times from our grandparents or have watched it on television at some point of time. The reason I say all this is: the structure of this Ram – Scion of Ishvaku by Amish Tripathi is strikingly similar to original Ramayana. The events that happened in the Ramayana occur in the book as well. So why does this book still stand different from the original Ramayana? What elements has the author added in his rendition of the epic? Read the book to discover it all.

Coming to the review, Ram – Scion of Ishvaku is the first book in the Ram Chandra Series – a new Series by Amish Tripathi. The cover and the title clearly depict what should a reader expect from the book. And yes, the cover is attractive to say the least! The premise is set in 3400BCE, and the author has done his best to portray an Era of olden times with grand Palaces and Lifestyle of emperors.

Ram – Scion of Ishvaku is an easy read as it doesn’t rely extensively on above-average vocabulary. The scenarios depicted are picturesque as well.

Side note: If you liked the storytelling in Shiva Trilogy you will like it in this one too.

There is no scope of character development in the stories in the book.  As the story unfolds we understand why certain characters in the story behave the way they do, which is interesting to read.

Amish Tripathi has cleverly connected Shiva Trilogy to Ram Chandra Series by weighing in the references of Vayuputras, Nagas, and Meluha.

“It’s more important to be right than to be first.”

The bonding between the four brothers is something which is portrayed in a loving manner. Baby Laxman must be the cutest thing I have come across recently. Though Ram and Bharat were shown poles apart when it comes to thinking, the love and respect Bharat had for Ram kept the essence of the Ramayana.

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Sita is written as a strong character. She has her opinions and ideas and does not follow Ram in whatever he does for the sake of it. She has her own identity rather than just being wife of Ram. Ram loves and Respects Sita for who she is. For more about Sita and her character wait for the next review on Sita – Warrior of Mithila.

“I guess what I’m trying to say is that I want a woman who is better than I am; a woman who will compel me to bow my head in admiration.”

Amish Tripathi has maintained the suspense in the book quite well. It kept me guessing who these people are and what it is all about, because of which I kept turning the pages.

I would like to give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.

The book has nothing new to offer,  it is the same old Ramayana. The events are the same, however, the book the background story in the book is molded.

I felt the book was monotonous at some point. Long paragraphs made it tedious to read. Few chapters felt like a Moral Science class back in school.

At some point I was turning pages so that I could get to some interesting part of the story – parts that didn’t include rules and morals.

Some parts of the story were over-dramatized and redundant.

The writing style of the characters made them look rigid at some points and that made me irritated.

Personal Opinion: For me the Shiva Trilogy was more of an original work than Ram – Scion of Ishvaku. This book seemed more like the retelling of the Ramayana that we all know about.

CONCLUSION

If you aim to pick Ram – Scion of Ishvaku because you are a fan of Shiva Trilogy you might feel disappointed; but if you look at this book separately, one would like it. If you love mythology and and want to know things better you can go for this book. Overall, for me the book didn’t exceed the expectations but it wasn’t a complete disappointment either.  Being an Amish Tripathi fan, I expected more.  

Have you read the book? Tell us in the comment below what you think about it!

Thank you and regards,

Kashish Agrawal

Also read: Book Review: 7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattanaik!

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