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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,160 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Ramayana is one of the greatest epics of Hindu Religion.The author captures the pathos and beauty of Valmiki's magic in inimatable manner.Written in homely style,the work is striking in originality and beauty of expression. The popularity of the book is so great that it has run into forty two impressions ever since it was originally published in the year 1951
Paperback, 51st, 492 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (first published August 19th 1951)
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The reason I'm giving this five stars is because the author provides a detailed glossary of anglicized sanskrit words, as well as a guide to pronouncing sanskrit vowels. While he chooses not to include a translation of what he calls "the legend" of Sita's betrayal, he still provides an extremely detailed translation of Valmiki's text as it is, including some translation from the poet Kamban's version of the Ramayana (who translated it into Tamil). However, this book is very simply put forward, a ...more
Nuning Soedibjo
Baru pertama kali saya membaca buku Ramayana versi pengarang India. Ada banyak cerita yang baru saya ketahui, dan versi ini sangat berbeda dengan versi Jawa yang sudah saya baca.

Misalnya Trijata, digambarkan sebagai raksasa disini. Padahal di versi Jawa, Trijata digambarkan sebagai putri yang cantik. Ada beberapa tokoh yang tidak diceritakan disini, misalnya Trigangga kalau tidak salah.

Namun buku ini cukup memberikan porsi yang besar kepada Hanoman.

Banyak cerita yang sangat menarik di kisah Rama
As students, my wife and I traveled to different parts of Asia, and this seemed to be the dominant theme in various dance performances Kerala to Bali.

We thought of buying the book, Ramayana, itsellf, but it was always too large, notwhithstanding the language barriers with academic translations.

That's why it was a pleasure to find in Delhi in June, 1986, at more than 45C degree hot weather a bookstore targeted to children, and to find easier read for Ramayana.

On 300 pages - the whole story.

I first read the Ramayana when I lived in India a decade ago, and had a much different impression of it reading it again. First, now that I'm a mother myself, I see more clearly how engrossing a story it is for kids, a way to impart the values of a culture in the most engaging and memorable way. Magic monkeys, 10-headed demon gods, and army of bears, more blood than you can shake a stick at, it's a rich, engrossing story full of moments of hilarity and poignancy. That said, as a modern woman, th ...more
Scott Ray
As a westerner reading this it was a good book....I compared it to reading the Roman or Greek Mythology that we all read throughout school. It is very useful to know the stories that shape the Indian culture.

As for this translation: It is written in modern English (I think 1972 was the last edition). It is written in prose...the original is written in poetry/song. miss a lot of the original art of the story....but you know the stories...

The other thing about this version is that the aut
Prasad GR
Easily among the best books I've read. Rajaji's retelling is infused with so much love and devotion, that I've ended up with a deep desire to read the originals penned by Valmiki and Kamban. To think that my curiosity over Delhi University's ban on A K Ramanujan's essay 'Three Hundred Ramayanas' would be so amply rewarded is in itself exhilarating.
Abhimanyu Saraf
This was my first read and took me a long time to finish in small parts. Details provided reveal new sides and facts about the epic that is unknown to most. I believe this version is not tampered with and one of the most authentic conversions one will find for English reading of the epic.
A decent retelling of the Ramayana, one of the fundamental myths of Hinduism. Rajagopalachari has a tendency to divert from the main story with side comments on his personal interpretations of the morals depicted in the story. Otherwise, it was a good education into Indian culture.
good story. but that man was an cunning politician. he corrupt the story also. everlasting story was completely corrupted by his way of narration
This summary/translation of an incredibly important epic is both entertaining and poetic. I recommend it highly.
Ramayana - Probably the book that saved me or ruined me. The verdict is still out! Still i love it. Awesome book!
Nov 29, 2008 Divya marked it as to-read
It's sitting on my desk waiting to be read .. i love the story and need to refresh myself on the details.
deepak vijay
This version is good but one will want to read the full version to better appreciate this epic.
Another book that I had the pleasure of reading while in India for 3 months in 2010.
Great book. We can find a lot of advice for our life. We can learn from this story.
Arjun Pradhan
good for basic knowledge of ramayana, would recommend it as school text
This is more like roman than epic, was a so so reading.

Ashish Jaituni
A good read, just like his 'Mahabharata'
Aug 27, 2012 Ashima added it
Very simple read but enjoyable nonetheless
Bwhittell Whittell
It's the Ramayana...not a bad book
don't really like the story
rama yanam into myself
Kavya Chilukuri
A must read for those who want to get their facts right about the mythological (Or might I say historical) story.
Rajaji's thoughts and opinions and the slight variations in the versions by Kamban and Valmeeki are gently woven into the storytelling, making it a very enjoyable and informative read.
Kids would find this very enlightening and enjoyable as this prose is generally devoid of philosophical opinions which are usually found in such books and may serve as a detractor for young minds.
I enjoyed this. I liked how much editorialising the author did. Most authors would be resigned to using just a few footnotes here and there but Rajaji will happily stop in the middle of a scene and discuss the different versions and different interpretations of the narrative as well as expressing his own personal opinions. It's pretty indulgent but he seems like a wise and charming author so i appreciated it.

I enjoyed the story and would recommend this version of the Ramayana to anyone with an i
S Sadagopan
Had enormous influence on me when I read it first in 70's
I keep reading it multiple times in the past 40 years

Will recommend to any one
Brilliant retelling of the Ramayana. In my childhood day, I would have read and re-read this book many many times all over.
Sreekala Madhavan
Ramamyana made more sense to me after reading this book
Karthik Kashyap
nice translation. a simple language being used.
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