Prince of Ayodhya (Book One of the Ramayana) [Ashok K. Banker] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. THIS IS BRAND NEW BOOK. Ashok Kumar Banker is an author and screenwriter. His writing spans crime thrillers, essays, .. Prince of Ayodhya (); Siege of Mithila (); Demons of Chitrakut (); Armies of Hanuman (); Bridge of Rama (); King of. The original Ramayana was written in Sanskrit by a reformed thief-turned-sage named Valmiki, possibly as long ago as 2, B.C. Now, with breathtaking.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Books by Ashok K. But, alas, that was not to be. This is the first time I read a book by Ashok Banker.

It is the basis of much of Indian mythology, theology, poetry and art. Jan 06, Sudhir rated it really liked it. The palace intrigues back in Rama’s native city of Ayodhya are more successful, princw ultimately not enough to carry the book.

Banker says no, he was an asura and plotting to overthrow the human world. The storytelling, however is quite gripping. Black magic, people living for years, magic by manthara etc bankr too much to digest. But hope of salvation is still there, and it lies in the pure soul of Crown Prince Rama. Had I known there wasn’t much to read, I would have gladly skipped sections of the book.

But Banker says, no, you know very little, and I bow before that verdict. Never have we seen the Ramayana from the eyes of sensuality or lust.

Lists with This Book. Newer Post Older Post Home. And then it is detailed at times – and for someone like me who likes scenes to be crisp, it is slightly protracted.

He identified himself with other minorities and his closest friends were Muslims, Parsis, Christians and Jews. Banker certainly has the flair for it.


Queen Kaikayi and her aide Manthara are characters you won’t forget, not to mention the devil king Ravana! Though a successful writer in his own country—the publicity notes that Banker wrote the first Indian crime novels in English, the first Indian television series in English, the first Indian e-novel—it remains to be seen whether this series will rival the fantasy epics of George R.

Any fantasy readers read this book? Having depicted different aspects of Ramayana in dance and watched them being performed, it just looked like a theme beaten to death.

Next book it is!! All in all, I found it to be pretty neat series!

Prince of Ayodhya: The Ramayana, Book I — book review

For the convenience price the non-Indian readers, a helpful glossary has been provided toward the end of the book for just this purpose. I mean, in a retelling, one would have thought there would be more human elements as in failings, shortcomines, grey areasbut in this book, it m all black and white – I think that put off – a lot. Will I read banoer next one, may be. I took nearly 3 weeks to finish this. He, however, is quick to pick up the astras as soon as he sees Sita with Ravana. He does not even meet Sugreeva despite Hanuman’s request.

His first novel though the fifth published Vertigo is about a man struggling to make a successful career and home life in Bombay the former name of Mumbai.

Ashok Banker

The first series fiction to find such success in Indian publishing, it has since been followed by numerous imitators, spawning the burgeoning mythology genre. Not only that negative emotions are also given ample space in the narration. Ashok Banker says that the original story has not been told properly, i. The author does specify in the preface that Valmiki’s original Ramayana was very graphic, did not skimp on the horror and amorous descriptions.


Beyond a very little palace intrigue, and a moderate amount of exposition, there’s not much there–almost no character development, I give this book a resounding “eh.

John from the Bible, produced by Kelly and performed by Banker and other students at their high school auditorium, Hill Grange. Ayodya Read Edit View history. At the launch of Banker’s historical fiction novel Ten Kings in Chennai, filmstar Kamalhaasan was asked if he was adapting the book to the screen, but Kamalhaasan denied the rumour on ayodhga and in subsequent interviews.

Sunday, article in issue of January They have bigger roles to play in the next books of the series. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Looking forward to 17 more books pirnce the series. It has been called “super-cool” The Hindu”a milestone” India Today and “a magnificent labor of love” Outlook and appeared on most major recommended reading lists during its publication. Not only that negative emotions are also given ample space in the narration. Jan 21, Nisrin Aziz rated asho, really liked it. Since I am right in the thick of the action, I thought this to be the right time to write a review on the series.

The Prince of Ayodhya

The plot aahok gripping, the narration never falters, the subtle details of Dharma and Adharma will keep you engrossed till the end. For me, that was not a problem as they were familiar. The first feeling I got while going through this book was as if I was watching a Bollywood flick. Prince of Ayodhya was a book I hesitated to pick up because well, it is Ramayana retold. But then you realize how easy it is to turn the pages.