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The Ramayana is certainly one of the world's oldest legends. Modern scholars claim that it was first composed around 300 BC. The devout Hindu believes that Rama lived many hundred millennia ago, in the treta yuga, and that was also when Valmiki first told his immortal story. The epic is called the Adi Kavya, the world's first poem. The God Brahma himself is meant to have i ...more
Kindle Edition, 728 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers India (first published December 1st 2010)
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Vinita Somaiya
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The storytelling of one of the best epics of Indian mythology is very interesting and detailed. The writer has described the tales and the characters in a beautiful way. It covers a multitude of stories within the story which is a difficult feat but the author binds them with ease. The only thing which I really wanted to know and found missing is the internal conflict of the characters, for instance, the feelings of Sita when she is doubted by her love, her God. But overall a great book for some ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Now I've finished both Hindu epics, namely the Mahabharata and Ramayana, both in the form of a novelization by Ramesh Menon. Both of them are very readable to those of us unready to tackle poems in Sanskrit that together measure around 225 000 verses (five times the length of the Bible). Ramesh Menon has done an excellent job in transforming the story of Rama into enjoyable and beautifully written novel.

While the novelization is executed well, the story itself is somewhat lacking in depth and i
Sean Holland
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read... until Uttara Kanda, which sucks. Still, not bad enough to take away from the absolute insanity that is the first 6 books.
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Shashank Narayan
Feb 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
The Ramayan is truly an epic. A brilliant story which is an epitome of idealism of one man, our god - Ram. Ramesh Menon however, is probably the worst writer to have undertaken the task of writing this epic. He has zero regard for the reader, doesnt seem to give a damn if the reader understands the story or not. Worse, feels like he has zero regard for the characters. he undermines each character, Ram included, to a point where I wanted to physically hurt the author. The narrative is so lacklust ...more
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