Book Review: Stolen Hope

Book: Stolen Hope

Author: Shubha Vilas

Plot: In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and the trickery, the praise and the slander and, above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of the Exiled Royals.

Rating: 4/ 5 stars

First of all a huge thanks to the author for sharing me the book and giving me a chance to get acquainted with the author’s work.

Ramayana is perhaps one of the world’s most retold stories if not at least in India. Ramayana is our culture and heritage personified. For centuries the story has passed on to generations and generations and I am proud that despite numerous religions residing together in this country, Ramayana is a well versed story with everybody in fact its popularity has even touched western shores too.

In spite of all that I am still a teenager. (yeah !! a little white lie never hurts 😛 ) So when somebody says to read Ramayana and Mahabharata , just like any other fellow teenager, I too kind of hesitated thinking that there is nothing new to the story that I have heard since a toddler,and watched in form of the thousands of series, movies and modern retellings but let me say that I was in a surprise because I did learn a lot of new parallel tracks that were there in Ramayana that are not usually narrated or get muffled among the bigger picture

The book that was given to me by the author was the third part of the series but I don’t think that hampered my reading experience because for one we all are well aware of the story but the author has made sure to dedicate a few pages to briefly acquaint you with the previous book so it was not at a trouble for me to get immersed into the book in spite of going for the third book

The best thing about the book is that it does not preach, well it does but not in a way that it would obstruct the way you enjoy your story. I love how the author has focused on retelling Ramayana as a fast paced story with utmost simplicity and engagement power and along with that the author has left some very valuable and amazing footnotes on the life messages you can take away from each scene. The way the author has kept it different from the main story makes it absolutely impressive because for those who want lessons and ideologies can totally concentrate on that while those who simply want to enjoy the story can do that as well.The language is smooth and narration has a great pace to it




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