I am reviewing a book after so many days. This time it is mythology, something that I rarely read. Have a look at what I thought about the book. 🙂
About the book
Shattered Dreams is the sequel 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 1.
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.
Shubha Vilas had sent me an autographed copy of the first book but to be frank, I never got around to reading it. One of my friends borrowed it and I forgot to return So without reading the part 1, I was a little apprehensive about reading the second part of the series. But I must tell you that you Shattered Dream can be read on its own without the reader feeling that he or she is missin out on something.
This book revolves around Dasaratha’s dreams which eventually lead him to make a decision to give his throne to Rama, Manthara’s careful planning to influence Kaikeyi and the pain that Bharata goes through once Rama leave Ayodhya.
One interesting aspect of this book is the foot notes that add insightful remarks about the events that are going on. They give you a new dimension to think about thus making the reader look beyond the story of Ramayana. You learn about the characters in greater detail and realize that everyone has their own flaws and redeeming qualities.
The story flows beautifully and I particular admire Shubha Vilas’ narration. I have one grouse; the typos! It is a shame that such a beautifully written book was not edited carefully. I know many people are of the opinion that small mistakes here and there can be overlooked but not me. For me, reading a grammatically incorrect sentence is very jarring, especially if it is followed by something eloquent.
That being said, one cannot take away the credit from the author for providing the nuggets of wisdom and giving the reader food for thought. This book will definitely delight any mythology lover and if you are one, then I seriously recommend that you buy a copy for yourself right away.