About the Book
Millions of people in India and elsewhere believe that Rama, the hero of Valmiki's ancient Sanskrit epic, Ramayana, was a historical figure like jesus Christ, and Valmiki's timeless epic, like the New Testament, a faithful account of Rama's life, his trials, tribulations and triumph.
Confining within the four corners of the original story. Ram Varma brings in a refreshing whiff of realism in his retelling. washing off the artificial veneer of obscurantism that has distorted and obscured Valmikis picture. The reader gets a glimpse of real Rama without the props of godhead provided in the Puranic age.
- Illustrated with beautiful paintings.
- A modern retelling of the Ramayana.
- Makes the Ramayana more credible by reinventing it.
- Well researched and scholarly
About the Author
If the killing of a swan occasioned the birth of poetry in Valmiki's heart, It was the wanton despoliation of his pristine poem, Ramayana, during Puranic times which kindled the sparks of wrath in Ram Varma's heart, which resulted in this book.In his student days, Ram Varma was drawn to the fount of English poetry and took masters degree in English Literature from Allahabad University. He taught the subject at Jodhpur University for a couple of years before joining IAS in 1964. He served the new state of Haryana right from its formative years in various capacities and rose to be its Chief Secretary. Even the modern day reader should find Ram Varmas rendering of this enduring story from Indias mythical past in the free-flowing Hindi blank verse riveting and rewarding.