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This review is from: Prince of Ayodhya (Ramayana) (Paperback)
In June 2004, after my entrance exams in Chennai, I set off to the huge Landmarks bookstore in Spencers plaza, and guess what??? I found out a novel called Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok K. Banker in the fantasy section.The cover was really cool, and so I opened it and began to scan the pages, to check it out. Man, I must say I was hooked!!! I loved it from the first chapter. The author has a really vivid imagination. He has written it out in contemporary english, which makes it kinda unique and even more interesting..
What I love about the book is the way the characters have been described- each character has been fleshed out beautifully. Banker has obviously given a lot of thought into all the major characters, and has introduced several new ones too, thereby making the story even better. Each person is complex and multifaceted, unlike the staid characters of the Ramayana tv series.
Mr Banker has done the emotional aspects really well- the relationships between Dasaratha and his three wives, and especially the conflict between Kausalya and Kaikeyi; and the relationships between the four princes, especially Rama and Lakshmana, have been portrayed very well.
And the fight scenes are incredible. The battle between Rama and Lakshmana, powered by the shakti of brahman, against the hybrids of Tataka will remain etched in my mind for a long long time. The way he has written it out is so good that I felt that I was there too!! And the best thing is that Ravana features from the first book itself. The character of Ravana has been created brilliantly.
I must say this is one of the best books I've ever read... On a scale of 10, Prince of Ayodhya deserves 9!!!!