A handful of confusions that arouse while reading the Shiva series of Amish seem to have found solace and hints of answers in this one. If you have followed his earlier series, you might well have wondered how the Somras became available to everyone during Ram’s rule or why Ram ruled in Meluha once he returned from his exile. You might have also wondered about how Ram’s personality and innate traits would have been, whose karma made him one of the Vishnus. For readers expecting a new style of writing or a whole fresh series, you might as well be disappointed. It feels like you are reading a scion from the earlier series which is just termed differently. Needless to say that it is an awesome entertainer, this time Amish has kept a better proximity with the actual story of Ramayana.
Thoughtful sentences from the book are inspiring and the dialogues compel us to mull over the sentences and read on a “slow-go” mode. The sibling talks, the education and the discussions that happen in the Gurukul of Vashishta have a lot for the readers to learn. Ram is the righteous royal who considers the nobility also among common men and has a vision of imposing the law on all, just as equally. Laxman is that loyal guard-brother of Ram who constantly doubts a conspiracy going on behind his brother’s back. He blindly abides by what his elder brother say, though he protests at first. Sita is the tactical and powerful leader here who is portrayed as the Prime Minister of Mithila, who can also fight strategically and can hunt clean. One can find this character very similar to Sati of Shiva Trilogy. Within Bharat is a rebel who refuses to accept the laws as they are, if the logic and law doesn’t coincide. Shatrughan is the scholar who is the mightiest with books than on battle field. Urmila is that innocent girl who packs almost a tonne of luggage when they set for exile and is left behind since she is that delicate girl who couldn’t stand the forest even for a day.
Roshini is a doctor who serves the poor. She gets brutally raped and hurt by immoral gangsters. Roshini’s episode resembling Nirbhaya’s episode of Delhi seems so apparent in the novel. Dhenuka is a juvenile who is the chief assailant in the story. That leaves us with an enraged thought of what could be done with the juvenile who escaped the death sentence because of law.
It’s not just this part of the story; there are a lot of situations and conversations which can be linked to present day’s happenings and today’s society. This a truly thoughtful novel which has told what it wants to. How we intercept it, is left to the reader though.