Demons of Chitrakut (Ramayana) Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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Banker spins a good yarn, full of colour and atmosphere and authentic touches (STARBURST)
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Based on the ancient Indian epic, The Ramayana, this is the third volume of Ashok K. Banker's gripping saga.See all Product Description
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And I can't wait for the Mahabharata.
Some readers who think Mr Banker is inspired by Lord of the Rings would do well to throw out their copies of Tolkien and read the true ancient epic. Ashok K. Banker's Ramayana shows how a great story should be told, and makes every Indian proud.
The Indian editions are the definitive editions of my work, containing a lengthy Introduction by me titled 'Retelling the Ramayana', which provides an essential perspective on the work, the final versions of all the books--including some small but significant changes, particularly in some book endings--no glossary, thank God, and are generally the best-edited, designed and published versions, in my opinion at least. In short, they're the Author's Preferred Edition, particularly the new hardcover omnibus editions, which represent the story in the way I had originally intended and are truly sumptuous to hold (and behold). Also, significantly, they aren't packaged as 'Fantasy' or 'SF' like the firang ones, which is a ridiculously transparent attempt at cashing in on the commercial success of the fantasy genre a la LoTR and Harry Potter. Please, people, my Ramayana series is a retelling of an epic, and that's exactly what it should be called, 'Epic'. I'd venture to call it 'Itihasa', but even Mythology, which is the label Penguin uses for the books here in India, is acceptable. But certainly not Fantasy as in one of the ubiquitous Tolkien rip-offs that are churned out in droves by western publishers, or even SF, both genres that can sometimes be wonderful in their own right, but are totally inappropriate in the context of an epic that pre-dates Tolkien by some thousands of years, and the entire tradition of western literature as well!Read more ›
I just got done reading book two of the series (someone borrowed book 1 from me before I could really get into it). It's written in a very LOTR-esque style which makes it hard to put down. Yet I found that I was able to enjoy book 2 without having the first book (that may be because I know the basic characters of the story even though I don't remember specific incidents).
The pace of the story was fast, the descriptions detailed and colorful, and the characters fleshed out. Seeing the protagonist Rama as a man and not an outright demi-god added a connection that made me want to follow the progress of events.
I'm dying to read through all four books. Mr. Banker has made this epic not just palatable but very appealing to those not brought up hearing it from their grandparents.
To those who don't know what to expect, my suggestion is, just read the book and you'll see for yourself. When it comes to something so original, no amount of listening to other people's opinions ever does justice. Thi sis a great story, brilliantly retold. Don't believe anyone who says otehrwise.
I loved the way Rama and Sita are portrayed as ordinary individuals, who are in love with each other. Each character is unique and hence, stands out- the devious Manthara, serving the dark lord Ravana, and manipulating Kaikeyi; the helpless Dasaratha, who is forced to send Rama to the forest; the wise Vibhishana, who hopes to create a righteous Lanka; Ravana, who is trapped inside a rock, powerless; the girlish yet forthright queen Sumitra;the vulture king Jatayu, who comes to Rama's aid- I could go on and on....
The scene where Rama tells Sita that he has been exiled is one of the defining moments of the book. Their exile in Dandaka van is very realistic. We observe Rama mature into a great persona, who follows his dharma steadfastly, no matter what the obstacles may be...
Some of the scenes which stand out are: the confrontation between Manthara and Kausalya, the entire Surpanakha episode, the meeting between Rama and Bharata etc... The story ends on a tantalising note with Rama, Lakshmana and Sita aided by a ragged band of bandits, fighting a 14,000 strong army of rakshasas determined to finish them once and for all...
Banker has the enviable ability to slip into the "skin" of the character, and it shows. The end result is truly a masterpiece. I feel that ashok banker's Ramayana series will achieve the same exalted status that Valmiki's Ramayana in Sanskrit, Kamban's Tamil version, Sant Tulsidas's Ramacharitamanas in Hindi, Ezhuthachan's Malayalam version, and lots of other Ramayanas retold by literary geniuses in their own vernaculars were able to attain... Truly an epic!!!! This book gets a 9.5 on 10....
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This is the 3rd book of the series and plunges on in the same gusto as the previous 2. Fantastic story and a credit to Banker for keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.Published on 30 Aug. 2013 by Scrumpy74
I am currently re-re-reading Demons of Chitrakut by Ashok K Banker and wanted to post this review of the same. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2006 by Sabarish