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  1. Vishnu Chevli Vishnu Chevli says:

    I have seen Ramayana by Ramanand Sagar multiple times I have also seen and felt disappointed by another version of Ramayana I have always taken Ramayana as mythological epic with the epitome of idealness Personally I have never tried to understand whywhathow things happened and rarely today's generation will try to know these fats Shubha Villas has completely repainted book in his fashionThe book is divided into two parts The story part which is 23rd portion and learning part given as footnotes which are the 13rd portionTalking about the story this part started with the announcement of Rama's coronation by Dasharatha It covers how Kaikeyi under influence of Manthara forced Rama to step back from coronation and go to the forest for 14 years of exile Dasharatha's death and Bharata's renunciation fo crown for his brother followed after Rama left for the exile The book has also introduced DasagreevaRavana's character How a sagacious personality fo Ravana changed after claiming Lanka This part ended with Rama Bharata Milan in Chitrakuta where Rama showed his firmness towards his words for exileThe tone of the first part was jolly and things were going happily But the general tone of this part is sad due to events around exile The tone of the volume matches the title 'Shattered DreamsTalking about management lessons of this book1 Through Rama the author has given various methods practicalities and tests for an ideal leader and hero2 Through Lakshmana Bharata Sumantra the author has given an understanding of the roles of servitude and subordinate3 Through Vashishta and Bhardwaj we were given the characteristics of an ideal teacherShort narrations footnotes are the most important part of this series otherwise it would be another English translation of Ramayana That narration tells us why did each character does something I am glad that I have the whole series with me to revisit books anytime I needed The author has recently changed the cover and title of the first three books The new look is prominent towards a learning book look rather than normal mythological look Detailed Review Link

  2. Anchal Sharma Anchal Sharma says:

    HmmmUsually when I write a book review I always have a notion in my head that acts as a guiding light or a strong motivating factor that helps me paint the review canvas It could be a thought from the author that really made an impression on me or my personal feelings as I traversed the course of the story However this book has left me with a vague sense of irritation that perhaps something’s missing A few days back I received Ramayana The Game of Life – Shattered Dreams as a freebie to review Needless to say I was ecstatic and wondered what a great addition it would make to my book shelf I opened the package and took my first good look at the cover The first thing that jumped out at me were the words Game of Life instantly reminding me of the font of Game of Thrones Now I am not saying Martin holds monopoly over the usage of this font This is just my personal observation The second thing I noticed was the lovely body of a sleeping Rama Rama on the cover page manages to look both agitated symbolic of what is to come and beautiful at the same time I loved the use of bold background colours which add to the godliness of the sleeping divine basking in golden glow Then my eyes fell on what appeared to be a badly photoshopped example of a chariot run by horses though they look like donkeys to me Riding this chariot is a demoness actually she is Keikeyi the woman and co wife who saved her husband Dasratha from the demon Sambarasura along with a man wearing a black kurta jewels scared expressions and a garland fashioned from marigolds This is Dasratha I suppose the mighty king who fails to look like a kingThen I opened the book with many expectations I read the acknowledgement followed by the author’s note which exuded calmness Though I was slightly miffed by the conjoined words I let it slide thinking “It happens and it’s just one time” From his writing style I could make out that this person would be someone who speaks after careful consideration and is well articulated I turned to the last page and felt instantly validated to know that the author is a motivational speaker Then I finally began to read the book The story begins with Dasratha the man whose chariot could move in ten directions having nightmares of an impending doom He wakes up and takes the decision of crowning his eldest son Rama as the new King of Ayodhya And so begins the saga we all know and have practically grown up listening to So what was new about this book and why should anyone read it?I would say the answer lies in the concept of the book I like how the author has made use of a genius work such as Valmiki muni’s Ramayana and told the people that it does have real world applications and the philosophy actions decisions and mantras of yesteryear can be applied today especially in a world like ours What I liked about the book?To me the footnotes and pearls of wisdom dropped here and there in the pages of this book were the essence and made Ramayana The Game of Life Shattered Dreams seuel to Ramayana The Game of Life Rise of the Sun Prince a worthwhile read The footnotes served to explain Sanskrit terminology and further elucidate concepts These I found to be very nice and helpful I loved the Trijata story where Rama tests Trijata muni before giving him so much property It shows that things when achieved through hard work feel rightfully earned By this charitable action Rama was able to give without making another feel obliged And that is a splendid deed I absolutely loved the part about ‘True Communication’ It’s the part where Rama puts a garland around Sita’s neck and Sita in return weaves an imaginary garland around Rama’s neck by moving her beautiful eyes It was incredibly romantic  and speaks volumes about the silent communication between a husband and wifeAnother noteworthy thing is the character of Bharat which is amazing In fact I would go so far as to say that he is actually my favourite What’s not to like? He is an action man The guy who thinks critically and this is evident from the way he passes with flying colours all these mission tests to determine his ability and potential as the next best thing in town ie the formidable ruler of Ayodhya in place of RamaHere are the tests he is subjected to• The test of ‘Confronting Criticism’ By ueen Kaushalya• The test of ‘Confronting Subconscious Desires’ By Vasistha the spiritual guru of the entire Ikshvaku Dynasty• The test of Confronting Confusing Choices By Vasistha• The test of Confronting Blame and Praise By Guha King of the Nishada tribe• The test of Confronting Accountability By Bharadwaja Muni the expert seer of past present and future• The test of Confronting Irresistible Temptations By Bharadwaja MuniHere are a few things that bothered me• I didn't get the Bollywood like dialogues In a book that spans mere 387 pages you can’t show too much of drama without validating the same with proof Had I not been aware of the Ramayana story I’d be like “Why are these Ayodhya people crazy about Rama and Sita? What has this couple done for the people besides looking radiantly divine?”• I don’t get the horrible grammar This is just not acceptable While the author seems to have had clear thoughts put in sentences that feel weirdly constructed at times the editing is just plain bad When I read a book I do not like to see words strung together like Siamese twins Had there been a couple of errors I would not have even bothered bringing this up But trust me there are just far too many for a book published at this level• Easy to please Shiv and Brahma keep on granting wishes all the time to Ravana and his son actually and if Ravana didn't have to play any role in this particular part of the story why was he even mentioned It would have been better to either omit him entirely in this part or to extend the story of this part to the point where he makes some dramatic entry and we as readers are filled with anticipation for what’s to come• I didn't particularly like the portrayal of Sita in the second half of the book The Sita I have in mind the one who has been etched perhaps in all of our minds is this steadfast sincere and regal woman radiating a goddess like aura That divine lady does not gel with this “I am too happy frolicking in the hills” silly princess She feels absolutely unreal to me • Lakshman is making Rama and Sita’s bed he’s preparing their seats decorating with the seasonal flowers no less constructing their house wherever the trio goes fetching them fruits he is collecting logs and paraphernalia for conducting prayers and he is in fact NOT SLEEPING Lakshman tells the goddess of sleep Nidradevi to go and give his fair share of sleep to his wife Urmila just so he could watch over and protect his beloved brother and sister in law while they slept And I don’t get this slavish behaviour because all Rama and Sita seem to be doing during this exile time are watching sunrise and sunset visiting munis resting under the trees or laughing at mating geese The exile seems like a picnic here to meHere’s what Kaushalya has to say about Sita “At least Rama is a rugged warrior and Vishwamitra has trained him well about the vagaries of forest life but Sita is a delicate flower She has not experienced hardship I made sure that She never set foot on hard ground She always sat on a bed a soft seat an ornate swing or my lap”• I don’t understand this is because of my lack of knowledge if Rama knew about the promise Dasratha had made to Keikeyi’s father about making their yet unborn child the next king of Ayodhya then why didn't he just give up the throne Why did he accept Dasratha’s decision and cause all this emotional turmoil for practically EVERYBODY in the kingdom? Was this to fulfill a bigger role he was meant for? To be instrumental in doing something that has already been written and for which he had no say? Also it shows Dasratha as an oath breaker and Keikeyi the warrior woman wrongly accused of being the villainess

  3. Shinde Shinde says:

    Premise Part II of VI Ramayana series Story Post Ram Sita’s marriage upto Ram’s departure on 14 year Exile Tweet version Mythology buffs know this span includes Keikeyi’s royal tantrum Manthara’s manipulative move Dasaratha’s cave in and Rama’s ‘slip between cup lip’ brush with Ayodhya’s crown So how does this 23 word Tweet translate into 386 pages? Pretty smooth in the able hands of Shubh Vilas I liked 1 Sparks of human emotions within exalted characters For example Dasaratha who feels envious nervous when his courtiers cheer Rama’s coronation – and Dasaratha wonders if they are cheering the end of his reign in Rama after he finds out Kaikeyi’s wish ‘Here before Sita at last Rama dropped his guard Every leader needs room to express his feelings Sita was not just that space she was a deep lake’2 Rama’s angst ‘Outside were people who expected him to lead Inside were people who expected him to follow’ – as he struggles to bridge the gap between being the perfect crown Prince and the perfect son3 Sita Shubh Vilas justifies why he thinks original name of epic was Ramaa ayana story of Sita His Sita is glorious feisty – using logic reason love pleas and even unexpected insulting taunts to convince Rama on taking her along on exile4 Bharat vindicated Bharat rises above the ‘evil Keikeyi’s poor little son’ image Here he is subjected to gruelling tests as a potential stand in ruler Vasistha’s sleep test Kaushalya’s criticism test Bharadwaja’s accountability test and his own emotional vs logical evaluation5 Rama Sita vs Laxman Urmila I wondered if the author will bypass the decidedly tricky latter scenario But I was delighted that he took it chin on Why Sita accompanies Rama on exile – pretty obvious Why Urmila does NOT accompany Laxman on exile – her logic is uaint lofty and inevitable Read the book to find out 6 Nuggets of knowledge wisdom a Mantra mann mind tra control The spinoff on Sumantra Rama’s wise counsellor and Manthara Keikeyi’s evil counsellor is a revelationb The socio politico legal reason behind 14 years Tretayuga and 13 years Dwaparyuga exile of Rama Pandavas respectively c Myopia short sightedness and today’s ‘My’ opia ie self centered vision d A sorrow delayed can never become joy I reserve my judgment on1 Indra’s caricature a Jayanta Indra’s son disguises as a crow to peck harass Sita Rama then launches Brahmastra on lil’ crow Jayanta runs to Brahma Shiva for help before surrendering to Vishnu incarnation In actuality as far as I know Rama had warned Laxman against using devastating missiles like Brahmastra even in final war b Ravana defeats Indra makes him cook vegetables in his kitchen also uses him as living staircase I do not possess in depth knowledge of Ramayana but I do suspect that Indra’s character assassination since many centuries has its roots dyed in unknown waters 2 Gods vs Gods Ravana gets 2 boons from Brahma long life and death immunity from demiGods sages Gandharvas Kinnaras rakshasas nagas and gets the Chandrahasa sword from Shiva His son Meghnada gets 3 gifts from Shiva – science of illusion an autopiloted chariot and an unbreakable bow So should we assume that 2 of 3 Divine Trinity were pro Ravana? I have never understood why the above 2 keep doling out boons indiscriminately while Vishnu his incarnations have to clean up the resultant mess Shubh Vilas explains that Shiva is called Ashutosh one who is easy to please3 Kekaya’s secret Again am not sure if this is a fact The ‘secret’ known to Dasaratha Rama and Sumantra If it is indeed fact then Keikeyi does get my share of sympathy What secret ? Read the book to know itVERDICT Heartfelt writing carefully etched character sketches revelations Management mantras all rolled into 386 pages Worth it

  4. Swathi Shenoy Swathi Shenoy says:

    After reading the first book Ramayana The Game of Life Rise of Sun Prince I was waiting eagerly for the next book in the series to be released and no sooner did I get my hands on this book I started devouring it right away And I must say the book lived up to my expectationsIn this second book the main focus is laid on the events revolving around Rama's coronation; the turn of events that leads to Dasaratha's decision Manthara's scheming Kaikeyi's wishes and the agony that follows Rama's exile There is also a brief introduction about Ravana whose role is important in the coming bookContinuing the tradition set in the first book the author has given emphasis on each character giving enough spotlight to each of them to describe in detail their side of the story Major part of the first half describes Dasaratha's turmoil and the second half describes Bharata's agony upon discovering the truth of what transpired in his absence The emotions of the citizens their love and devotion towards Rama and their devastation when he leaves for exile are all expressed well with giving importance to minute detailsThere are many things to learn from the book Sita's love for Rama which sees no material comforts Lakshmana's absolute conviction with which he serves Rama Bharata's humility and the determination with which Rama stands by his principles of truth Urmila's sacrifice which though spoken less of commands respect in the hearts of readers The description of hell through Ravana's visit there manages to send a chill down your spineAnd of course foot notes I had these little pieces of information which offered details and knowledge through out the first book It has been continued in the second book too The author has so much wisdom to offer to the readers and these foot notes are like tit bits of this wisdom I absolutely loved them I found many favorite lines in these Few of them are The present on the canvas of life is the result of a mu;titude of past strokes Rather than brooding over those erroneous past strokes that can no longer be undone learn from them and apply those strokes of wisdom today to paint a beautiful future How long can one go with smiling faces and crying hearts? Either till the smile of the face goes to the heart or the cry of the heart reaches the face Gossip is like a cacophony of crows where every crow seems to be saying the most important thing but has neither the time nor the inclination to hear an eually important message from any of the other crows Confidence is a key to all locks but overconfidence is the lock to all doors Confidence leads to inspiration but overconfidence leads to perspirationThe language is elouent and the narration crisp I loved the flow of the story There were a few typos this time but they were few and far stretched to spoil the bliss of reading There are a few books which can be read multiple times and every time you read it you get to learn something new For me this is one such book I said in the review of the first book that a series can be considered effective when the readers are enthusiastic and look forward to reading the next book Well I am definitely looking forward for the third book in the seriesI recommend this book to all mythology readers Go for it It is definitely one of the best Ramayana books I have read And I have a piece of advice Don't rush reading this book Go slowly and you will discover various facets of the story and every facet has something to offer to you

  5. Arpita Dash Arpita Dash says:

    Ramayana The Game of Life is a chronological series inspired from epic and myths “Shattered Dreams” is the seuel of “Rise of the sun prince” by Shubha Vilas I have heard the story of Ramayana several times during my childhood days I also read it in my school but what differentiates this book is the author’s detailing about the epic saga The author has organized the complete book into nine chapters Each chapter is divided into sub chapters and each page provides us wisdom I didn’t read the first book of this ‘The Game of Life’ chronicles but didn’t find any difficulty in understanding The foremost advantage of this epic series is you can also directly read the second part without any understanding interruption The pensive king Dasaratha decided to step out of his throne and to make Rama the next ruler of Ayodhya Every important person of the court agreed with Dasaratha and Rama’s coronation process began There was jubilation in the city with the news the evil Manthara plotted her plan to dismiss Rama and appoint Bharata as the new ruler of Ikshvaku line She poured poison in the mind of Kaikeyi against Rama and advised her to take advantage of the boons which she blessed from Dasaratha Kaikeyi followed Manthara’s advice blindly Helpless Dasaratha send Rama to exile and Rama accepted it This book explores the spiritual and motivational thoughts on life truth and every aspect of life This book not only enlightens us about the epic story but also the different aspect of life through its spiritual uotes The footnotes and various explanations are enhancing the glory of this book I love most of the uotes but here some are on my top lists‘The king wasn’t a lawmaker; instead he was a law keeper The king expressed ideas all citizens lay down their opinions and the churning of ideas and opinions resulted in a collective decision’‘Expressions of freedom are within the continuously monitored boundaries of law As long as the expressions are confined to the boundaries the boundaries seem virtual to the naive’‘Being happy for no reason is a sign of naivety Being happy for others prosperity is a sign of maturity Being happy for others misery is a sign of malignity’The book also explores the beautiful relationship of Rama and Sita The true meaning of marriage is where the husband and wife desire the same thing; their love is euated through understanding Wife stands by husband in his right decisions and vice verse I rarely find any cons in this book Simply I love this book and it’s each chapter I’ll recommend it to all for its enchanting writing style and spiritual thoughts I will rate it five out of five

  6. Sahil Pradhan Sahil Pradhan says:

    once shakti asked Shiva to narrate her a story which could pacify her turbulent heart shiva narrated the story of a person with 24 ualities of a hero a man who faced all kinds of turmoils in his life but was still pacifiedthe reason to start the review this way is that I had a very busy review schedule for last two weeks when I read and review a book in three to four days I had to review it in two or one days this caused a lot of burden for me but still it was enjoyable so for cooling down my heart I used to read the Ramayana of shubha vilas and mind my words you would feel a sudden change in your mental stateramayana of Valmiki was never written for just reading the composition of 24000 verses brings you down to a world of philosophy and great poetic strokes but the way shubha vilas brings it down to the modern world and pens it down with a lucid narration and simple language will truly captivate youConuer Change is the second book in Ramayana The Game of Life series A modern retelling of the Ayodhya Kanda of Valmiki’s epic the book is all about facing the reversal of fortune and moving on Author Shubha Vilas reveals profound rules of human relationships and conduct – what works what fails to work and how to navigate through this amazing labyrinthif you are a reader who has never read the Ramayana before this book series will be perfect for you to start for it is the most authentic and original narration I have read till noweven the morals and ideas are given down on the pages also captivates you a lot for you would never find a Ramayana which gives you this ideaoverall this book series is a wonder for Ramayana beginners and if you have not read it yet it's totally your lossand yes pls note read the book in a view of reading an age old epic which barely has a fast pace

  7. Raksha Bhat Raksha Bhat says:

    ‘Shattered Dreams’ is the second in the series of Ramayana The Game of Life authored by Shubha Vilas About a week ago I received a copy from the author with a wonderful handwritten note which definitely has added to the positivity I hope in this year also I must say that my inuisitiveness to learn about the epic which started with the first book is adeuately appeasedFirstly mythology secondly a series to write in my opinion is a great challenge To top that keeping a reader of the modern times hooked to the story is not a piece of cake I did feel some dialogues and scenes above the light reading that I usually prefer but something did not let me put down the book It does succeed very much like the first in its renditionThe story begins with Dasaratha’s nightmare on a restless night and ends with Rama Sita and Lakshmana leaving towards the Dandakaranya forest What transpires in between is where all the learning of life is as the author rightly put it for me in his mail how to handle reversals positively is what one can learn from Rama and how to explore beyond one’s comfort zone is what one can learn from SitaWhat added to my knowledge and confidence about Ramayana is what the other characters had to tell me Dasaratha Kausalya Sumitra Kaikeyi Lakshmana Bharatha Shatrugna Urmila Manthara Sumanthra Guha Anasuya Vasistha and all the others have myriad things to teach us as well We all have heard and read about Ramayana from many sources but what makes this book different is the extreme detailing and the interpretation which contributes to developing our own perspective about the epic The stories within the story how people earned their names why a certain situation had to happen and what made people behave the way they did is what the book offers For example how Dasaratha came to be called so why a boatman wanted to wash Rama’s feet why Bharatha refused to become the king and so on The book has answers to these uestionsMy favourite line is in one scene between Rama and Sita”she then wove an imaginary garland around Rama’s neck by moving her beautiful eyes and smiled again” This was one poetic portion I also have to mention about the point to point footnotes Some of them like these are etched in my memory“Relationships thrive when genuine service is acknowledged by active gratitude”The decisions to make decisions has to be made in moments of strength not in moment of weakness“One ounce of immaturity coupled with ten ounces of ill advice is the perfect recipe for a life of disaster”“Convenience is about changing the law to suit your life but maturity is about changing your life to salute the law”On one considerable side I must admit that I was at my wit’s end with some portions of footnotes and explanations that one thin line when a reader realizes with the flownm”Oh wait let me get back where was the story” This happened to me a couple of times when I had to flip the pages back I guess this was the only piue I had to deal with even with the first book I decided to overlook this since so many good ideas and opinions came along with the reading I would only recommend this for people who are interested in looking at Ramayana as our story because it actually is

  8. Rishikesh Pande Rishikesh Pande says:

    My Review No SpoilersRamayana and Mahabharata are the epic mythological tales known to many and have been told and re told many a times But even if we are aware of these epic tales have we really understood them completely? Have we really gone through the details of each and every incident that takes place and took lessons from them? Have we really discovered the hidden psychological gems from the epic tales? Have we ever walked into not only shoes but also skin of each one of the Ramayana’s characters and understood why they did what they did?No? Well don’t worry Shubha Vilas a spiritual seeker and motivational speaker has done it for us‘Shattered Dreams’ written by Shubha Vilas is the seuel to the national bestseller ‘Rise of the Sun Prince’ and is a part of series ‘Ramayana The Game of Life’ To be honest I was a little skeptical about the book but Shubha Vilas’s book has come to me as a huge surprise and left a lifelong impression on me And here’s whyShubha Vilas has dived in deeper in the vast ocean of knowledge from the Ramayana and has touched every stone which was left unturned for all these years He has presented it to us in his book in simple and lucid language and has left us bewildered at the knowledge the perspectives and the management skills that can be learnt from the epic tale of Ramayana These lessons and skills are also useful in day to day life especially for managers and can be applied to personal relationships Shubha Vilas has done what most Ramayana versions probably failed to do all these years and has left me someone who never read mythology genre books completely hooked to the book I found myself in utter disbelief that I too enjoyed a mythology genre bookShubha Vilas has done a great job in carefully arranging chapters and each chapter has innumerable footnotes giving us the depth missing from the epic tale all these years If you ask me footnotes presented in the book are probably the most prominent feature of this bookThe best part about Shubha Vilas’s book is the language His language flows smoothly throughout the book and his words flow like a river flows through the mountain ranges but only to meet the vast ocean in the end as if to give a complete sense of satisfaction to his readers His words and sentences not only tell an epic tale of Ramayana but also send his readers in tranceThis book is recommended to all the readers who want to swim in the vast ocean of psychological depth Shubha Vilas has explored in the epic tale of Ramayana in very simple and uniue language In fact I would recommend readers to get a copy of book one and two and the entire upcoming series as this is the knowledge and the depth we all have been waiting for inside the epic tale of RamayanaHaving said all that it is just a formality now to rate this wonderful book by Shubha Vilas I rate this wonderful book 4 out of 5 for surprising me with its wonderful insights and giving me a complete sense of satisfaction by the end of this book Huge Thanks to Blogadda for Review copyThis review is a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers Participate now to get free books Read full review here

  9. Pragya Pragya says:

    35 starsFind reviews at Reviewing ShelfFrankly I was a bit hesitant before giving this book a nod I only get along with the writing of very few Indian authors so I am skeptical when trying a new one A few pages into the book and all my doubts were put to rest Shubha’s writing didn’t put me off He has a rich vocabulary and the writing makes for a smooth easy read It was natural and didn’t grab my attention enough to distract me from the concept of the bookI had not read the first book but being well versed with the general theme of Ramayana I didn’t think I would feel any disconnect and I was right about that I believe that will be for most of the readers who have a cursory knowledge of RamayanaWhat I liked about the book was that the instances are well detailed Some of those I was not aware of so that added to the dimensions I especially liked the lessons that one can take from different episodes that are put up in little boxes It also makes them easier to get back to The author’s analysis in those instances comes handy These lessons are applicable from a household situation to even a managerial oneAlso if one is interested in learning the meaning of certain Hindi or Sanskrit words they have been taken straight from the epic and then their translation is given It makes it easier for someone who wants to go back and read the original text someday You can start building up your dictionary right awayWhat I had trouble with was that even though the footnotes had to be there to add perspective sometimes it was cumbersome to go back and forth and also took the attention away from the smooth flowing story line Another of my pet peeve are certain typos And some analogies drawn seemed too general or too abstract to draw my interest Also certain expressions like ‘Sita giggling mindlessly’ doesn’t gel well with my conception of Sita so I had trouble imagining and believing itOverall the book makes for an easy interesting read for people who have or haven’t read Ramayana in the past The author has worked hard to glean lessons from this epic The lessons are of benefit to everyone from an average Joe to a marketing consultant The book flows smoothly and makes you want to go on reading The author’s in depth research and analysis makes this an unabridged version In fact certain of the historical events or meanings of certain words were new to me and lent the story a refreshing new perspectiveSorting down this epic into volumes makes it seem less daunting a task to read it all The way the author has broken it down into parts and further chapters makes the reading effortless and enjoyable The book is recommended for all those who have an interest in history based books epics or those who seek to learn lessons from age old stories and apply them in the new age world

  10. Nikita (Njkinny& Nikita (Njkinny& says:

    Dreams is my first book by the author that I have read I didn't read the first part but still can say that I didn't feel any gaps while reading this second partThe cover art is eye catching and shows Ram sleeping with a troubled expression but still managing to look beautiful The chariot with Dashratha is shown in the background but one thing struck me as odd The horse pulling the chariot looks like a donkey which is confusing and I cant decide if this was done unintentionally or has a hidden meaning because I didn't get any enlightenment on this point after reading the bookThe blurb is interesting and immediately made me want to read the bookThis book showcases the life of Ram while in exile The author has beautifully taken the famous Ramayana and given it his own touch The story seems connectable to our present life and I felt that I could use the teachings in my day to day lifestyle The footnotes add engagement to the story and I enjoyed the tiny nuggets of wisdom that the author shares hereThe writing style is simple engaging and interested me The only things that somewhat lessened my enjoyment were the grammar errors at places in the book and some phrases that drastically changed my perceptions of evergreen characters like Sita Ram and Lakshman Sita is sometimes shown as a silly princess Ram seems to be enjoying the exile and Lakshman is shown as a slave with no regard from Ram and Sita shown towards him These things are totally out of character and is something which will confuse the new readersThe character of Bharat had me admiring the author He makes Bharat stand out as the important and prominent character that he was in Ramayan Usually not given his due importance in the telling of Ramayana here Shubha Vilas rectifies this and beautifully brings out Bharat's dilemmas sacrifices and loyalty towards his family and especially towards his elder brother RamRam's teachings in each chapter had me enjoying and thoroughly engaged right till the end Overall Shattered Dreams is a book that will interest readers who love the Indian mythological tales and will add a new outlook to these old stories 35 out of 5 to it and I hope to read from the author in the future Shubha Vilas is a learned writer and talented He brings out Ramayan in a new light and is successful in his venture of bringing alive these age old talesI received the book from Blogadda and the author and I am very thankful to them The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced

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Shattered Dreams (Ramayana: the Game of Life, Book 2) ❰Reading❯ ➶ Shattered Dreams (Ramayana: the Game of Life, Book 2) Author Shubha Vilas – Shattered Dreams is the seuel 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 Shattered Dreams is the seuel 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 Book 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.

  • Paperback
  • 387 pages
  • Shattered Dreams (Ramayana: the Game of Life, Book 2)
  • Shubha Vilas
  • English
  • 11 July 2016

About the Author: Shubha Vilas

I am A spiritual seeker and a motivational speakerAcademics BE in Electronics and Telecommunications LLB Specializing in Intellectual Property Law Patent LawLeadership Seminars Focus on relevant and vital themes ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’ ‘Soul Curry to Stop Worry’ and ‘Work–Life Balance’Believes A good teacher sees learning and teaching as integral twin aspects of perso.