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Ramayana (English, Paperback, unknown)


Ramayana  (English, Paperback, unknown)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House India
  • Genre: Poetry
  • ISBN: 9780140298666, 0140298665
  • Pages: 760
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    Arshia Sattar translates the Sage Valmiki’s epic story of the Prince Rama and his war with the Lord of Lanka in this new retelling of the Sanskrit epic, The Ramayana.

    Summary of the Book

    Long ago, the Kingdom of Ayodhya was ruled by a wise and just king, Dasharatha. He had three wives, the wise Kausalya, the patient Sumitra and the beautiful Kaikeyi. After a long and devout rite to invoke the God of Fire, Agni, for progeny, Dasharatha’s wives bore him four young and mighty sons: Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna. Of all his sons, Dasharatha loved Rama the most and so did the entire kingdom. When Rama came of age, Dasharatha naturally wanted to make him his heir and bestow the responsibility of the throne to him. However, dark forces were already in play in the background, aiming to take Rama’s heritage from him. The Divine Sage Vishvamitra appears in Ayodhya, and asks Dasharatha for a boon. Bound by Dharma, Dasharatha acquiesces, not realizing that Vishvamitra’s boon could cost him his most beloved son. This new retelling captures the magic and the immortal message of the Ramayana for a new generation.

    About Valmiki

    Valmiki is a legendary sage and poet from Hindu mythology. Parts of the Ramayana speak of his beginnings as a highway robber named Ratnakar, who used to rob people after killing them. Legends speak of his attempt to rob the Sage Narada to feed his family. Narada asks him if his family would share in his sin, and Ratnakar assumes so. When he returns home to ask his family, he is shocked to discover that they want no share of his sins. He returns to Narada and seeks his forgiveness. Narada teaches Ratnakar an incantation for salvation, and asks him to meditate on the word “mara”. The former brigand meditates in one spot for many years, allowing an ant-hill to grow around him. When he awoke from his trance, he had become Valmiki, “one who is born out of ant-hills”.

    About Arshia Sattar

    Arshia Sattar is an Indian translator, author, facilitator and director. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Chicago, studying South Asian Languages and Civilizations. She has also translated Somadeva’s Tales from the Kathasaritsagara into English.

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    Book Details
    • Penguin Classics
    • 198 mm
    • 129 mm
    Ratings & Reviews
    42 Ratings &
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    Just okay

    Not satisfied. It does not include so many things. It's just compressed. Should read another book to know more. If you are a first time reader don't go for this book. But Few things are really written well.

    Sukruth Bk

    Certified Buyer, Bengaluru

    Jan, 2019

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    Wanted original transcript - disappointed

    I was looking for the original transcript with word by word meaning of the Sanskrit text. This is just the story of Ramayana written by the author in English like a novel.

    Everyone knows the story very well. This was a disappointment. Perhaps it may help some child who has never heard of the Ramayana.

    Arun P%2520T

    Certified Buyer, Trivandrum

    Feb, 2014

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    Great story not so nice book

    Seller : uread
    The story and the translation are amazing
    Must read book
    Delivery and packaging was not so good
    The book was not wrapped
    Page quality was poor


    Certified Buyer, New Delhi

    Sep, 2015

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    Good quality product

    I'm plesently surprised to find that the author is well worsed in the lore of Ramayana it's quite a pleasure to read this book

    Flipkart Customer

    Certified Buyer, Bangalore

    Dec, 2017

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