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The Ramayana (English, Paperback, Narayan R. K.)

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The Ramayana  (English, Paperback, Narayan R. K.)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 9780140187007, 9780140187007
  • Pages: 192
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    The Ramayana is an adaptation of the epic story of Rama and his battle against the Lord of Lanka. This retelling is mainly aimed at children and is penned by R. K. Narayan.

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    Rama was the eldest son of Dasharatha, the King of Ayodhya. When Rama came of age, Dasharatha wanted to hand over the reins of the kingdom to him, but his second wife Kaikeyi was jealous and wanted to make her son Bharata king. She invoked two long-forgotten boons from Dasharatha, and forced him to exile Rama into the forests for fourteen years. Determined to stick to dharma and stay true to his father’s word, the noble Rama leaves Ayodhya with his wife Sita and his younger brother Lakshmana to live in the forests for fourteen years. However, he draws the attention of the demonic lord of Lanka, the evil Ravana who desires to steal Sita for himself. Ravana hatches a plan and kidnaps Sita when Rama and Lakshmana are away. Rama is grief-stricken and begins to journey towards Lanka to fight Ravana for Sita’s pride. He will not have to go alone, for a band of the most curious monkeys decide to accompany him. And among them is the devout Hanuman, the son of the Wind God. Hanuman will do anything to return Sita to Rama’s arms, and together they will bring a war to Ravana’s walls which will forever be remembered in history through the words of the mythic sage Valmiki.

    About R. K. Narayan

    Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami, better known as R. K. Narayan, was an Indian writer best remembered for his classic works based in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. In this series, the most memorable books are The Man-Eater of Malgudi, A Tiger for Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher.

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    • R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharajas College in Mysore. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based there. In 1958 Narayans work The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his countrys highest literary honor. In addition to his novels, Narayan has authored five collections of short stories, including A Horse and Two Goats, Malguidi Days, and Under the Banyan Tree, two travel books, two volumes of essays, a volume of memoirs, and the re-told legends Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and the Mahabharata. In 1980 he was awarded the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Narayan died in 2001.
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    • 13 mm
    Height
    • 197 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
    Weight
    • 160 gr
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    Loved it...

    Well written. Finished it over a weekend.
    R.K. Narayan's Ramayana is inspired by a Tamil-version of the epic.
    This book has an universal appeal and does not dilute the original essence of Kamba( Tamil Poet from 11th Century)'s epic retelling of the timeless classic
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    Sahas Malhotra

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    Mar, 2016

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    An Epic Retelling in 176 pages

    My brother-in-law bought this book on Flipkart and I picked it up from his Library yesterday when I visited my in-laws.

    Even though I was familiar with Ramayana ( who is not :-)?), this condensed version from R.K. Narayan kept me engrossed and I completed the book in one sitting, in less than 5 hours flat.. This book has an universal appeal and does not dilute the original essence of Kamba( Tamil Poet from 11th Century?)'s epic retelling of the timeless classic.

    Highly recommended.Go buy y...
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    vasudevan ramanujam

    Oct, 2012

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    Decent product

    The book I received was very old. The pages were dirty. Didn't seem like a new book.
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    Manjubashini Baskaran

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    Jan, 2021

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    Mind-blowing purchase

    Pleasant reading experience
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    RADHIKA NAIR

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    Sep, 2017

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    Timely delivery but No Bookmarks included. WTH! PLz correct this in future orders

    The book is good, but this little thing irked me the most. Not including bookmarks has lessened my joy of getting the book. Is it some kind of a cost cutting gimmick?
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    Pratik Dhruve

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    Apr, 2015

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    few basic things are missing in the story.. like when laxman leaves sita in her command to help ram in panchavati forest he armours the house with laxmana rekha for the protection of sita.. i think this is one of the basics in the story of ramayana
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    Rajkrishnan Gogoi

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    Jun, 2012

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    Not recommended at all

    I received an old book with yellowed pages !
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    May, 2017

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