“… saw the deep blue wave of brahman ripple outward from the tower itself, rolling harmlessly over humans and their animal friends and the city and its structures. But when it reached the Asura armies massed on the south bank of the Sarayu, the effect was numbing.
The dense black hordes of Asuras disintegrated as the wave touched them, turning them to powder…”
— Chapter 13, Kaand 3, Siege of Mithla
The above passage is towards the end of the book.
||Siege of Mithila
||Volume-2 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-2
In this part of the series, Rama and Lakshman, having completed the task of cleaning up Bhayanak-van of the hordes of asuras start their journey back home to Ayodhya, along with sage Vishwamitra.
Vishwamitra decides that they need to make their way via Mathila, the city where princess Sita lives, because Ravana has amassed an army of asuras to invade Ayodhya and this army is about to trample Mithila on its way.
Continue reading Book: Siege of Mithila by Ashok Banker (Ramayan series book-2)
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