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Vengeance Of Ravana: Book Seven Of The Ramayana By Ashok K. Banker

The original epic, The Ramayana, was written hundreds of years ago, but its charm continues till this very day. Ashok K. Banker rekindles a new life in this age-old epic with his eight part rendition. This book is the seventh one in the series. In this book, Rama is faced with a new challenge. Ravana has been successfully slewed by the brothers. Yet, there arrives someone at the gates of Ayodhya, carrying a dangerous weapon and followed by an army who seek revenge on Rama. The wish for a peaceful life with his beloved wife Sita that Rama had nurtured now faces a serious challenge from the untimely visit of this stranger. Now, Rama must act on his dharma and not give in to any temptations or evil plans that Ravana may have cleverly arranged to trap the king of Ayodhya. The Ramayana is generally taken to conclude with the killing of Ravana. However, this book throws light on the less discussed portion, which tells us that evil is not necessarily restricted in just one form, Ravana, but prevalent everywhere in life. Moreover, the book brings down Rama and Sita from the divine pedestal to the level of humans. This novel is the seventh in the series with the final one, Sons Of Sita, concluding the saga. It is the style of the novel which makes it an easy read and enhances the readability factor.

Ashok K. Banker is a notable name in the Indian literary and television circuit. He is credited with penning India’s first crime novels in English. He is the author of the first Indian TV series in English and is also the co-author of the first Malaysian TV series. He is especially famous for his takes on Indian mythological tales which have become immensely popular all over the globe. Apart from the Ramayana series, he has also penned the Krishna Series and the Mahabharata Series. The Ramayana series has been translated into a dozen languages and has sold over a million copies.

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Authored By Ashok K. Banker
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Ashok Banker worked as a successful freelance journalist and columnist for several years, breaking front-page news for publications such as The Times of India, Mumbai, and cover stories for Outlook magazine, New Delhi. Banker is a contemporary Indian novelist often... Read More

Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Viking (India)
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9780143066996
ISBN-10 0143066994
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 496 Pages
Territorial Rights Indian Subcontinent
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★★★★★
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07 May 2012
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Very enjoyable continuation to the series. Could have done with a better end though.

I chanced upon the first book in this series, Prince of Ayodhya, in a local bookstore about 4 years ago. Purchasing that hardcover edition was the beginning of a truly epic literary journey for me. The Ramayana, as re-told by Mr. Banker, is very much in keeping with the times and, in my humble opinion, as good as other literary works like Toiken's LOTR, Rowling's Harry Potter, and Julian May's Saga of the Pliocene Exile. Whether viewed as a work of pure fiction-fantasy or as a modern version of a literary classic, Banker's Ramayana retains the essence of Valimiki's opus and repaints the sto... ()

I chanced upon the first book in this series, Prince of Ayodhya, in a local bookstore about 4 years ago. Purchasing that hardcover edition was the beginning of a truly epic literary journey for me. The Ramayana, as re-told by Mr. Banker, is very much in keeping with the times and, in my humble opinion, as good as other literary works like Toiken's LOTR, Rowling's Harry Potter, and Julian May's Saga of the Pliocene Exile. Whether viewed as a work of pure fiction-fantasy or as a modern version of a literary classic, Banker's Ramayana retains the essence of Valimiki's opus and repaints the sto...
I chanced upon the first book in this series, Prince of Ayodhya, in a local bookstore about 4 years ago. Purchasing that hardcover edition was the beginning of a truly epic literary journey for me. The Ramayana, as re-told by Mr. Banker, is very much in keeping with the times and, in my humble opinion, as good as other literary works like Toiken's LOTR, Rowling's Harry Potter, and Julian May's Saga of the Pliocene Exile. Whether viewed as a work of pure fiction-fantasy or as a modern version of a literary classic, Banker's Ramayana retains the essence of Valimiki's opus and repaints the story in his unique style suited for the present-day fiction reader.

To any reader who takes up reading this series, or any particular book in the series, I would recommend reading the introduction/preface first. Written in Banker's own words, it provides a clear picture of what inspired the author and what he intends to accomplish by re-telling the story of the perfect human being.

(Warning: spoilers ahead!!......)

The story deals primarily with the vengeance of the demon lord Ravana, who in spite of being killed by Rama in the battle of Lanka, is shown to have hatched a devious plot to bring the downfall of Ayodhya and all other Arya nations. This plot is set in motion after his death and comes to fruition in front of the gates of Ayodhya one day before Rama's coronation as the King of Ayodhya.

A very unique and fascinating aspect of Mr. Banker???s writing is his eye for detail. In spite of having read the works of a few authors with a similar talent, I've found his description of events very different and captivating in no small measure. In this book, for example, the assassination attempt on Bharat involves a deft movement of the sword on the assassin's part and the brilliant mace counter-attack that Bharat comes up with. This event of a few seconds is described by the author in about four (or was it five?) pages, and in that duration we learn about the state of martial arts in Ayodhya, about Bharath's life since Rama went on exile, about the geopolitical changes in the Arya kingdoms in those 14 years, and much more. And the beauty of the whole thing lies in Banker's ability to seamlessly blend these disparate themes into the description of a practice match between a swordsman and a mace wielder.

The story unfolds over 'parallel timelines' in 'parallel worlds', a fact that confused me in some places in the latter chapters. It???s a bit like watching Memento and trying to figure out which place in the overall timeline this particular event is unfolding. That was, however, a minor thing and did not dampen my overall enjoyment as a reader. Banker???s take on the avatars of Vishnu is very interesting as well.

On a personal (read fanboy) level, I didn???t much like the coverage given to Ravana. Despite the book being all about his master plan of revenge, there is little direct mention of his personality and it???s more inferred from the dialogs of other characters than explained directly in Banker's signature style.

The ending of the book is rather abrupt, but (I guess) makes sense, since this is the first of two parts, the next one being 'Sons of Sita'. Cannot wait to get my hands on that one. The author's Mahabharatha series is also on my wish list.

This is still a very enjoyable book, and in order to fully enjoy it, I would recommend readers start with Prince of Ayodhya and work their way through the other titles. It???s a fantastic journey and worth spending time reading.

Flipkart, as always 'delivered on time and with quality' (to take a phrase out of my work). No complaints there.

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Redux

The tale that begins what had never been finished, with lots of shocking revelations. Banker's ramayana did not consider the final 2 kaands of the original, which is where this book and its sequel come into the picture. It's an interesting take, and one that deviates more from the original story than the previous 6 books. It ends very finely poised and left me waiting for the next part.

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23 Jun 2012
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Terrible

I lost what little respect i had for Mr.Banker after reading this one. I was quite bummed out while reading his previous 6 books as well, which i thought was too long and pointless at times. It could have been covered very well in 3 books. So the rest of the 3 are full of rubbish discriptions.
But this one just got unbearable. Its highly unimaginative and pointlessly long (boring) at times. Not a single character stood out in the entire series. And the description of Hanuman is just shameful. Ram comes across as a lappu king in the end and the so called vengeance is...well no really any ven...
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I lost what little respect i had for Mr.Banker after reading this one. I was quite bummed out while reading his previous 6 books as well, which i thought was too long and pointless at times. It could have been covered very well in 3 books. So the rest of the 3 are full of rubbish discriptions.
But this one just got unbearable. Its highly unimaginative and pointlessly long (boring) at times. Not a single character stood out in the entire series. And the description of Hanuman is just shameful. Ram comes across as a lappu king in the end and the so called vengeance is...well no really any ven...
I lost what little respect i had for Mr.Banker after reading this one. I was quite bummed out while reading his previous 6 books as well, which i thought was too long and pointless at times. It could have been covered very well in 3 books. So the rest of the 3 are full of rubbish discriptions.
But this one just got unbearable. Its highly unimaginative and pointlessly long (boring) at times. Not a single character stood out in the entire series. And the description of Hanuman is just shameful. Ram comes across as a lappu king in the end and the so called vengeance is...well no really any vengeance at all. Its a pile of rubbish paper bound together if you ask me.
If you've read the previous 6 books i'd say give this one a rest. And if you want to read a good rendition of Ramayana read the one written by Ramesh Menon.

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