Demons of Chitrakut - Book Three of the Ramayana

Demons of Chitrakut - Book Three of the Ramayana (English, Paperback, Ashok K Banker)


Demons of Chitrakut - Book Three of the Ramayana  (English, Paperback, Ashok K Banker)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780143033356, 0143033352
    • Edition: No UK Rights, 2005
    • Pages: 648
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    The original Ramayana was written three thousand years ago. Now, with breathtaking imagination and brilliant storytelling, Ashok K. Banker has recreated this epic tale for modern readers everywhere. Sita has been abducted by the demonlord Ravana and held captive in the island-kingdom of Lanka. Rama is now faced with the bitter prospect of a final, terrible war against Ravana and his rakshasa hordes. Sita's fate hangs in the balance while Rama's armies assemble on the very edge of the ocean. Using only their wits and bare hands they begin to build a bridge to the island-kingdom. But time is rapidly running out, and the journey to Lanka appears near-impossible... At this critical moment Hanuman attains a magnificent apotheosis. Transformed into a being with a single-minded mission, he prepares for a terrifying face-off with Ravana, and makes his awesome leap across the ocean to rescue Sita. Will he succeed in saving her life and averting the final battle? Surely a lone vanar cannot face the crushing might of Lanka and survive? But then Hanuman is no ordinary vanar...

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    Book Details
    Publication Year
    • 2005
    Authored By
    • Ashok K Banker
    Author Info
    • 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 counted among the significant literary names in post-colonial Indian literature. His work is the focus of several academic studies for its cross-cultural themes and realistic portrayals of Indian urban issues. He was earlier also known as a reviewer and commentator on contemporary Indian literature, and as a candid essayist with a particular focus on media hypocrisy in India, and the western racial bias against South Asian writers. Banker has published in several genres, ranging from contemporary fiction about urban life in India to multi-volume mythological epics, as well as cross-genre works. Three of his early novels to be published were crime thrillers, claimed to be the first written by an Indian novelist in English. They gained him widespread attention. The stories of his "Devi" series are short works featuring avatars of the Hindu goddess Devi, and have appeared in various science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazines. Three of his novels contain autobiographical elements and are closely related to one another. His first novel (though the fifth published) Vertigo is about a man struggling to make a successful career and home life in Bombay (the former name of Mumbai). Byculla Boy takes its name from the Byculla suburb of Bombay where he and his mother grew up. Beautiful Ugly and the complementary documentary of the same title are a tribute to his mother, portraying the tragic events of her life. He was a prolific literary critic and reviewer, known for his candour and bluntness in reviewing books by Indian authors. His views often veered from the outright derogatory to effusive praise. He is one of few contemporary Indian authors writing in English to be included in prestigious anthologies such as The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature and The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature.
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    Demons like never before!

    I read the first 6 books (8books total) of the series in college around 5 years back.

    I guess it's just the subconscious that leads you to read stuff that appeals. What appealed to me was Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Illiad!

    This book made the Ramayan get more respect from inspite of being a Catholic because of its sheer scope and depth in the various characters, especially Ravan. The whole series (til the 6th one) left a couple unanswered questions but I must say this is THE cla...

    Lenin DC

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    1 Feb, 2012

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    Nice product


    vignesh D

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    26 Jun, 2017

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    Banker's Best!

    Banker is a master of this. He's the one who started the mythological genre and this books proves it well! Rama is quite different compared to Banker's Krishna in the Krishna Coriolis series. The writing does come across as a little... colloquial but we can forgive Banker for that in these early books of his. He's setting out to revamp these stories, and I'm sure the future generations will thank him for it.

    Vinay Keerthi K T

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    7 Apr, 2014

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    Brilliant story telling

    The classic epic of Ramayana re-presented by Mr. Ashok, is a kind of internationally acceptable version..
    Story is definately a huge work of his own fiction while ultimately this modern Ramayana crosses the classical facts of Valmiki's Ramayana as well..
    Carrying a lot uniqueness in its own, this epic is amazing as it doesn't fail for even a second to make you visualize the plot you are reading..
    Ultimately author has presented an indian theme in a universal writing style...

    Garvit Arora

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    11 Oct, 2013

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    The book takes off from the second part and creats a much darker atmosphere for the story. You can literally feel the bone chilling rain coming down on the protagonists as they wait for the demon hordes to attack. A very vivid and imaginative retelling of the years of vanvaas the trio had to undergo. Sita's character especially gets fleshed out very well.

    Must read. The best book amongst the first 3.

    Swagat Sinha

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    13 Mar, 2013

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