Prince of Ayodhya (Book One of the Ramayana) [Ashok K. Banker] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. THIS IS BRAND NEW BOOK. Ashok Kumar Banker is an author and screenwriter. His writing spans crime thrillers, essays, .. Prince of Ayodhya (); Siege of Mithila (); Demons of Chitrakut (); Armies of Hanuman (); Bridge of Rama (); King of. The original Ramayana was written in Sanskrit by a reformed thief-turned-sage named Valmiki, possibly as long ago as 2, B.C. Now, with breathtaking.

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I read one guy’s disappointed comment on Amazon, to the effect that it was supposed to be something like Lord of the Rings, and he hadn’t found it that way at all. Kaikeyi is yet another character to watch out for. I read the first 7 books and the series ebbs and flows through the story with battles, strategy and legends I grew up learning about. At first, readers will notice the intensity of every scene and the absence of any inner life for characters who, whether gloriously wonderful or noxiously monstrous, don’t so much converse as make melodramatic speeches at each other.

However, what I found annoying was the usage of modern day terms unnecessarily. Dasaratha, the divine father of Rama, and his wives, are shown as lusty, infirm, and emotionally afflicted miserable people, just like ordinary human beings. In the foreword, the author speaks about the different versions of the Ramayana available and how each one has taken their own liberties, to retell the same story!

Will the ailing Emperor be able to give up his eldest? Also unknown to me was the fact that Lakshman – Ramas younger brother and trusted companion – died in the battle with Tataka and had to be resurrected. After banishing Ravana to his island domain of Lanka, peace has reigned in Prithvi earth. My love for all things mythological and historical led me to pick up “The Prince of Ayodhya”, although I wasn’t sure since This was something we have grown up reading and what new aspect will I find in it Banker has recreated this epic tale for modern readers everywhere In this first book of the Ramayana, it is predicted Ayodhya, legendary capital of warriors and seers, will soon be a wasteland of ashes and blood.


By telling the story in a very visual manner along with sound effects, and thus ensuring that the readers experience what each character is going through instead of just reading about it, Banker makes the whole story come brilliantly alive. Jul 08, Abhinav rated it it was amazing Shelves: Manthara was shown to be in Ravana’s pay there Got to read the other books to see how far this goes.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ashok Banker. I am now reading the 4th installment in the series. The film rights were purchased for development by Warner Bros in Usually these stories end up being laden with countless names, their relations with each other and numerous incidents, one after the other. Byculla Boy takes its name from the Byculla suburb of Bombay where he and his mother grew up.

As you read the novel they will be well etched in your mind. One might just as well say is a very late version of a Ramayana-type story. Its a family story without the sex and uncensored violence!! Beyond a very little palace intrigue, and ban,er moderate amount nanker exposition, there’s not much there–almost no character development, and very little actual plot.

Some of the actual lines of the royal family and their community seemed to be straight from the popular soap versions. When you portray the likes of Vasishta and Vishwamitra as the ultimate bad-ass wizards making Gandalf and Dumbledore look like 8 year olds in Halloween constumes, you certainly are going to attract attention from the young generation of readers.

Although it has often appeared on readers’ choice polls as a favourite contemporary fiction on post-liberalisation India, it is one of Banker’s lesser known works. Oct 12, Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore rated it liked it.

This is not just because of the very visual treatment of the story but also because of the dramatisation of each incident. Rama just seems too eager to be exiled. I’ve never been so glad to have finished this book and move on.

May Agnes was the only member of her family to move to India. As someone who grew up on the Indian mythological epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, I was unsure about my expectations. In India, the Series continues to enjoy popularity and sales. Please go through my review written on my blog: On one account, I had to re-read the previous pages of a book just to establish the relation of a character with another one.


It is the basis of much of Indian mythology, theology, poetry and art. But, to my sheer delight after a couple of months, I received the book. Random House Academic Resources website. Looks like only his father’s “vachan” was meant to be kept and not his.

The Prince of Ayodhya (Ramayana, book 1) by Ashok K Banker

My librarian told me that this book might be missing as she could not locate it in the shelves. The story is very similar to the original, agodhya Banker has hyped up some portions, deleted others, changed the names in some places and overall made the story more action-oriented, vivid and grisly than before. Kamaban’s Ramayana was also similar, but was more written for the South Indian taste.

His refusal to identify himself as belonging to a caste, religion or community caused many conflicts during his childhood, since it was at odds with India’s traditional caste-based social structure.

The conflicts are really conflicts of duty, resolving asuok problem of one type of duty clashing with another equally legitimate type. View Full Version of PW.

PRINCE OF AYODHYA: The Ramayana, Book I

For more, visit bit. Ravana is set to attack Prithvi again. I am looking forward to go through the rest of the series in expectations of some magic, especially in the encounters with “The Dark Lord” Invigorating note 3 Bankef Sensuality and Sexuality: A real Vamp in this sense.

The author does specify in the preface that Valmiki’s original Ramayana was very graphic, did not skimp on the horror and amorous descriptions.

Prince of Ayodhya (Ramayana, #1) by Ashok K. Banker

Yes, he proves Rama to be an able warrior and dutiful son but that is about all. AB makes reading a divinely magical experience. Thank god it’s done.