Title– The Rise of Sun Prince
Author– Publisher- Jaico Books
Genre– Mythology & Spiritual
The Book is a retelling of an Indian Epic Ramayana which is the first part in the series of six books that takes us through the divine story of Lord Rama from his birth up-to his marriage. The narrative closely follows Valmiki’s Ramayana with excerpts, folk tales as well as the beautiful analogies drawn from Kamba Ramayana.
The genre of the book is mythology and spirituality.
Shubha Vilas is a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker. He holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law. He regularly interacts with youth through premier institutes like IISC, Bangalore, BITS Pilani, and JBIMS Mumbai and gives seminars to business leaders, individuals and coach & guides them to live a better life based on human values by providing the practical applications of the Bhagavad Gita; the Ramayana and Vedas
The people of our age have learned Ramayana not from scriptures but through movies and TV Soaps such as Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana. Well! The story is not new but this does not make the book uninteresting. The narrative throws fresh perspective on how Valmiki came up with the Ramayana, insights into Ayodhya, Lord Rama’s life, tales of Dasaratha‘s leadership and Life of Ravana. Well, the list goes on, as the book delves into each & every aspect of the Ramayana. The Trivia such as Dasaratha has 353 wives, how island of Lanka was originated and others like this were something which makes it more interesting apart from the usual story. The language is simple and easy to comprehend. Apart from that, the footnote on pages gives the reader a spiritual meaning to some of the aspects related to life which one can imbibe in their character and life to make it more meaningful and happy.
Inspite of knowing the story, the book is an interesting read. I definitely was looking for lots of trivia and the book did not disappoint me. I was wondering what new does the book has to offer but this is different. The book covers all aspects without missing any details. Also every character has the due importance in the book and is not solely written to glorify Lord Rama.
I would like to personally rate the book as 4.5/5
How Kamba Ramayana is different from Valmiki Ramayana?
Some of the salient differences between the two are:
- Valmiki Ramayana is the original epic which provides a base to many other version of Ramayana written in India. Kamba Ramyanan was written by Tamil Poet Kambar (Addressed as Kamban).
- Kamba Ramayana is not a verbal translation of the Sanskrit epic by Valmiki, but a retelling of the story of Lord Rama.
- There are seven chapters in the Valmiki Ramayana. These include Bala Kanda, Ayodhya Kanda, Aranya Kanda, Kishkindha Kanda, Sundara Kanda, Yuddha/Lanka Kanda and Uttara Kanda. But, the Ramayana written by Kamban contains only six chapters. It does not have Uttara Kanda.
- There are 12000 verses in Kamba Ramayana. On the other hand Valmiki Ramayana contains 24000 slokas or verses. So, Valmiki Ramayana is double in size.