“She slapped him.
She put all her strength behind the blow. His face was flung sharply to the right, his vision blurring out of focus before the world swam back into view, accompanied by several motes of swirling light, and he found himself facing the wall. ……
‘Stop it,’ she said….”
— Chapter 22, Kaand 1, Demons of Chitrakut
The above is an interaction between Sita and Rama, when he tells her that he has to go on a long exile, alone
||Demons of Chitrakut
||Volume-3 of the 8 volume Ramayana series
NOTE: Please read the comments on the whole series here , as the reviewer’s opinions on the series are expressed there.
The Story in Book-3
The high-level storyline in this part of the series:
Rama and Lakshman, under the guidance of Vishwamitra, have decimated the host of asuras moving towards Mithila and Ayodhya. Rama weds Sita and Lakshman weds Urmila (Sita’s sister). The other brothers of Rama marry Sita’s cousins.
The wedding party on its way back to Ayodhya is challenged by the axe welding sage Parashurama – the confrontation between Rama and Parashurama is captivating. Back in Ayodhya, the duo of Manthara-Kaikeyi manipulate Dasharath to exile Rama. Sita and Lakshman accompany him voluntarily.
Continue reading Book: Demons of Chitrakut by Ashok Banker (Ramayan series book-3)
This is an eight-book series where Ashok Banker retells the Ramayan in the style of the modern “fantasy” novel, like the Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkien.
The first of the series was written in 2003 and series was completed in 2012 with the eighth book.
Here are the images of the covers of these books:
I had heard the Ramayan in bits and pieces in my early childhood. Later, I read abridged YA versions and graphic art forms (called comics then) from Amar Chitra Katha. Somewhere along the way I consumed the English versions by Rajaji (C Rajagopalachari) and R K Narayan. I was eventually put off this epic by Ramanand Sagar’s teleserial in the 1980s, where it became morlistic, dull, and full of cardboard charaters.
Anyway, a few years ago, my wife (Swapna) had purchased the first of the series, and I picked it up just after she finished it. Once I started reading it, I just could not put it down. I gobbled-up the first six of the series as and when they were released. I was under the impression that the series was over with the six books (maybe there was a gap between the publishing of the sixth and the seventh book, or something in the sixth book gave me that impression). However, I recently discovered that Banker has added two more volumes to the series, making it a total of 8 books.
Continue reading Book Series: Ramayan Series by Ashok Banker: Mythological epic retold as an amazing and imaginative fantasy