Ramayana must rank as one of the most loved and revered books of all time. A part of India’s ancient Vedas, it is a beautiful story of romance and adventure. It recounts the history of Rama, said be an incarnation of the Godhead, and his divine consort Sita. Filled with magic and mysticism, it entrances the reader and stirs deeply moving emotions. At the same time its profound spiritual messages leave one feeling uplifted and enriched.
This is a novelisation of the classic. It contains all the essential narrative of the original Sanskrit poem, but written in a contemporary style. Whilst adhering closely to the original, I have tried to make it as readable as possible, using the techniques of character development and dramatisation to draw the reader into the action. By weaving in other spiritual commentaries on this sacred text, I have also tried to offer the reader the benefit of the wisdom of India’s seers and sages.
As I am sure you will discover when your read the book, that wisdom is as relevant in today’s stressful world as it was thousands of years ago, when it was first written. It was my love for this wonderful book which prompted me to write my adaptation, and I hope I have been able to share that love with others. Whether you enjoy it simply as a great adventure story, or you enter deeply into its spiritual meaning, you will surely find it an engaging read.
All in all, I would say that this is as authentic and complete a version as you are likely to find outside of scholarly translations, but it is a lot easier to read. If you enjoy this, then you might like to try my novelisation of the Mahabharata, the other great Indian epic, which is also available as an e-book. Krishna Dharma
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I have always loved classical mythology and recently started getting interested in Hindu beliefs and myths. The Ramayana is a central text and I downloaded the kindle version of Krishna Dharma’s retelling for 2 reasons. First of all, I wanted a prose version as I prefer to have meaning over meter. Secondly, this version was rated higher than the other versions. On both counts I got exactly what I was looking for. The Ramayana is one of the truly exceptional stories told by humankind. It is a story of duty, truth,virtue and love overcoming all obstacles and it is told beautifully by someone who is not only intelligent and insightful, but also truly loves the Ramayana and all the characters in it. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in world mythology or anyone looking for something special in an increasingly mundane and technological world. It is a story that is meant to speak directly to your soul and is told by a true storyteller who understands that. The only regret I have is that it has taken so long to read this. A truly brilliant and life affirming story. James Worby, Amazon.com