Book Review~RAMAYANA-The Game Of Life..Shattered Dreams,Book-2

Hi friends!
Today I am going to share review of the book~RAMAYANA-The Game Of Life ..Shattered Dreams,Book-2 written by Shubha Vilas

On the Book Cover~
Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national bestseller,Rise of the Sun Prince,in the new spiritual and motivational series Ramayana-The Game Of Life.Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodhya since the wedding of Rama and Sita at the end of Book 1.
Now,in Shattered Dreams,Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama's exile.Through tales of Rama's unwavering and enigmatic persona,the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively;through Bharata's actions,it teaches us to handle temptation;and through Sita's courage,to explore beyond our comfort zone.This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail.
With Valmiki's Ramayana as its guiding light,Shattered Dreams deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitramanas,as well as folk philosophy from the Loka Pramana tales,to demonstrate how teh ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life.Experience the ancient saga of the Ramayana like never before!

When I was a kid and I used to read Ramayana,I never understood it clearly,may be because of the tough words & boring style.But now I have grown up and now understand the value of this book.The best thing about this book by  Shubha Vilas is that this book is written in a very interesting style and divided into nine chapters,which makes it very organised and easy to understand.Each chapter is full of knowledge.This book enlightens us to walk on the right path,to choose truth over any other thing.This book is full of lessons we can learn to make our life better.I completely loved reading this book,every word on every page is just so pure.I did not know that I will enjoy so much reading this book.Its a must-read to get better understanding of life and what to do and what to not.This book is like a guide to our complicated lives.

On every page you will find a new advice.This book helps us in shaping our character.It gives a clear explanation of important relationships of life and about every aspect of life.
It talks about value of truth and explains it like this~Truth itself becomes a shield that protects one from all calamities and not exiled.
It also focus on the importance of scriptures.Scriptures are like gold,which can be molded to any shape,size or form.Similarly knowledge from the scriptures can be molded to justify any cause.Keikeyi's diatribe was no less outrageous than the devil citing scriptures,so when an insensitive person like Keikeyi tried to mold the scriptures,she was doing so in accordance with her malintention.Keikeyi was forcing Kind Dasaratha to send Rama to 14 years exile.
This book also tells a meaning of ideal marriage.An ideal marriage is when a wife and husband reside not just in the same house,but when they house the same desires.
It also talks about Luxuries that one can enjoy luxuries when one is in a peaceful state of mind,but where the mind is restless,the first luxury it desires is peace itself.
Rituals also play and important part in our lives.External rituals of show are like royal traditions that impress others' minds.Internal rituals of substance are loyal traditions that inspire one's own mind.
We get to learn this lesson from this book that Money,fame,glorification,grandeur add to external rituals of show.Kindness,accomodation,appreciation,integirty add to internal rituals of substance.

Our environment also plays a vital role.The environment we surround ourself with either raises our hopes or dashes them.
This book tells us importance of loyalty.Remembrance of one's humble beginnings even after achieving great heights is the pill that prevents the acidity of arrogance.

It tells us us we should treat people.People when treated well stay hopeful,when treated badly they become disillusioned.

Mind~The mind has the unique ability to churn out the weirdest of thoughts in the most urgent of situations.To maintain a pure mind,constant filtration of thoughts is necessary.

It throws light on how can we maintain good relationships in life.Seeing teh positives in every situation is the nature of a pure mind.Preparing the mind not to see faults but rather the hidden good in everything is the first step to good relationships.

TRUE COMMUNICATION is very important in life.Rama and Sita speak so little but understand so much.
~Good relationship grow when both the happy and sad phases of life are shared and complaints are kept at bay.
It also explains what TRUE LOVE is~
Good relationships survive when those involved realize that the greatest gift two people actually have is each other.
~Good relationships thrive when people trust each other and use their strengths to serve each other selflessly.
One should embrace these four principles and refrain from bad attitudes.
It clearly mentions the Leader's' role~
A leader's toughest role is to satisfy scores of expectations.
And one more important lesson that I have learnt through this book is that~we should monitor the trigger that sets off our feelings of love toward someone.If the trigger is ignited by the core values of sleflessness,integrity and strength of character of the other person.If,on the other hand,the trigger is ignited by the external qualities of beauty,power and influence of the person ,restrain and curb the urge to mingle with that person.

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TaNuja said…
That was a good review Vandana! On Ramayana, I have only read SITA by Devdutt patnaik.


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