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Stolen Hope

(Ramayana: The Game of Life #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  58 reviews
In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and the trickery, the praise and the slander and, above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest lif ...more
Published December 30th 2015 by Jaico Publishing House
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Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
I got this book from author Shubha and Leela in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much for the copy, I really enjoyed the book.

The story of Ram has been continuously retold over and over again by different authors of different eras. New adaptations are made, new stories are included and differing perspectives are unveiling different shades of each character. Author follows Valmiki Ramayan, and explains each event in Ramayan with utmost intensity. I loved the part where she had compared
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My friends
A solid five hundred stars. The copy is provided to me by Sh Shubha Vilas as a token of affection with these remarks.

“Dear Rajan! Here is a book that integrates Ramayan with our lives….and hoping that these life lessons become your life time companions.” Regards Shubha Vilas

This is not an ordinary book. This is a gem. This is an epic. This is not merely a retelling of Ramyana. It is interpretation of it. It has pearls of wisdom. You can not give it a casual reading. It is so intense and enlighte
Purba Chakraborty
My rating is 4.5

I had read the last book of the Ramayana Series, which was Shattered Dreams. Just like the earlier book, Stolen Hope was a beautiful and enriching read. I could learn various facts about Ramayana by reading this book and they were narrated in such an engrossing manner that I was hooked to the book. The footnotes in the book provided profound philosophies and some beautiful wisdom that changed the way I thought about many things.

The Book #3 of Ramayana, Stolen Hope starts from the
Manish Purohit
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always strongly believe that retelling of our rich mythological texts is very important, for the pearls of wisdom they hold are pivotal to imbibe virtues and develop a value system in the society. Thus, all the genuine efforts (be it in the form of print or electronic media) in this directions should be encouraged and applauded.

Shubha Vilas series on Ramayana is one such honest attempt which is aptly termed as ‘The Game of Life’ as it presents to the reader the glorious story of Rama’s journe
Rahul Khatri

RAMAYANA : THE GAME OF LIFE -Stolen Hope is the 3rd installment of Ramayana series penned by Author Shubha Vilas . Author had effectively interlard the Ramayana story with thought provoking contemporary life lessons . Book takes up the incredible Ram's story from where ' Shattered Dreams ' left off . Beginning with the trio , Rama , Lakshman and Sita , listening to the history of the Dandakaranya forest from the sage which direct them to meet another sage and the sa
Pankaj Goyal
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aren’t we Indians all acquainted with the story of Ramayana? The story of Ramayana has been told not only many times, but also in different forms. A number of us must have heard this story through our grandparents or parents. A number of us must have watched this story either on TV or in cinema halls. In fact, we saw the arrival of a new TV serial called Siya Ke Ram recently. Ramlila festivity (traditional Indian performance of Ramayana) forms a basic part of the social existence of the Hindu-sp ...more
Kumar Jagannath
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Name of the Book: Ramayana The Game of Life, Stolen Hope, Book 3

Author the Book: Sri Shubha Vilas Prabhu

Published By: Jaico Books

Published In: India

Copyright: Sri Tulasi Trust

Printed by: Rashmi Graphics, Mumbai

Year of Publication: 2016

Number of Pages: 312 Pages

Name of Reviewer: Kumar Jagannath,

Here’s yet another feather to the collection of Lord’s peacock feather crown. The Stolen Hope is the 3rd collection of Ramayana The Game of Life and is just like the other two Wonder
Chitra Iyer
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the second book, namely Shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas has come out with the third installment in the Ramayana series. This book is called Stolen Hope. I was so very kindly approached by the author for a review. It is always an honour to be sent books for reviews and having read the previous book, I was only eager to participate in the ongoing story which the author has so mesmerisingly conveyed.

The story continues as Rama, Sita and Lakshmana enter the Dandakarnaya forest, seeking shelter
Deepali Joshi
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why do snakes have a forked tongue?
How did Sitaphal (Custard Apple) get its name?
Why don’t the squirrels hurt themselves even after falling from heights?

Stolen Hope is the third book in the series and follows The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams. Shattered Dreams captured that part of Ramayana where King Dasaratha gives Rama 14 years of exile and reserves the throne of Ayodhya for Bharata due to a promise made to Keikeyi. Stolen hope is an account of thirteen years of Rama’s exile along with Sita
Nitin Vadher
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all this is not the first time I am reading this author Shubha vilas, I have already read his first two books among Ramayana series i.e. Rise of sun prince and Shattered dreams you will find both the review links here in this blog, and now about this book stolen hope is the third book among the Ramayana series. If you have not read the first two books then it doesn’t matter, here in this book author have provided short description about both the books in introductory chapter.


The st
Shreya Vaid
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's a book, Stolen Hope, that integrates Ramayana with our lives..

I opened Stolen Hope with a note to me by the author Shubha Vilas, and on the basis of that note only I started my journey with the epic Prince Rama, Lakshamana and Sita.

Stolen Hope starts with the time when Rama, Lakshamana and Sita were camped in Dandakaranya forest during their fourteen year exile. Together they undertake a journey to unravel mysteries related to sages and their powers. Wherever they went, it was like sages
Gita Madhu
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-authors
When I was little, my family owned a set of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana - these are the two main mythologies of the religion that is now called ‘Hinduism’. They were big and thick and bound in some rust red cloth and had plenty of colour pictures. I spent long hours pouring over these pictures as a child, as dust motes danced in the slanting afternoon sun of our living room.

The Ramayana consisted of two volumes and my mother would begin a reading of it at some auspicious point and conclude
Nandhini Chandrasekaran
As the reading continues, the deer on the footnote on the page continues to move as well, walking, running, leaping and finally gets attacked by an arrow on the last page. Sometimes, I could relate the state of the deer to the intensity of my absorption into the book. And on the last page, I felt disappointed, like the wounded deer, that the book and mostly, my learning had to come to an end.

Re-telling Ramayana was a part of the author's intention. Yes, only a part! And the rest was imparting w
Solomon Manoj
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Rating: 4.5

Note: I received a copy from the author in exchange of an honest review. Thanks for the personalized copy Shubha Vilas.

Cover: I was confused as well intrigued as to why the author chose Lakshmana and Jatayu to be on the cover but as I came closer to the end of the book it made perfect sense. The book is not just about Rama but of all creation who he loves without discrimination.

Blurb: The synopsis parallels to that of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana’s story along with ours. Can there be any
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading first two books in the series, I was eagerly waiting for next part in this series. Written by Shubha Vilas, The Game Of Life series is a something that made me want to read whole series together. Depsite of the fact that I have, we have read numerous versions of the epic-Ramayana. As the reviews of last two books states, this too has its own strength in terms of wisdom put in footnotes. Making it different, than just being just a 'tale'.

Stolen Hope starts and ends in the exile peri
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 starts with the adventures of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana in the Dandakaranya forest. In their exile of fourteen years, this part of the book covers their last few years in the journey including Janasthana and Panchavati. Knowing about the torment and anguish suffered by the sages since years, Rama vows to destroy every single demon in the forest. Their expedition is a dangerous venture as they fight the ferocious demons and save the wise men. They also learn interesting stories
Mahathi Ramya
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers the story of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita leading the ascetic life in Dandakaranya for thirteen years until Sita is abducted by Ravana. This part of the series covers till Rama and Lakshmana enter Kishkindha. So, we have to wait for the next part to read about the adventures of Hanuman.

I have received a signed review copy from the author in December and I was eagerly waiting to complete this book. I like the way the author provides morals which are relevant to our contemporary world
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you know why the custard apple is called as Sitaphal or why don’t squirrels get hurt when they fall from heights or why the snakes have a forked tongue… Well! I know now… All this and much more wisdom in the third book of the Ramayana The Game of Life…

Aptly titled as the Stolen Hope, it takes you on a mystical journey with Ram, Sita and Laxman and stops at a point where you are craving to read more - a point where Ram's hope, his wife is stolen from him and he starts his journey to find her.
Tushar Mangl
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am fortunate enough to receive the third book in the series which continues the story of Ramayana. In the first two books we read about the growing up years of Ram and his marriage to Sita. Shortly after announcing his intent to coronate Ram as king, Dashratha is asked by his wife to exile him. This so that her son becomes the ruler of Ayodhya. Ram renounces the Kingdom to follow his step mother's wishes.
The story continues and this book chiefly focuses on the time Ram Sita and Lakshman spend
Jyoti Babel
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Re-telling Ramayana is a mammoth task and the author is doing it with utmost dedication and sincerity. In his series of Ramayana, the author has tried to stay true to Valmiki Ramayana. As you read the book, you will realize how much research has gone into the writing it. I came across many unheard-of small tales which made the reading experience even more enriching.

The story in the book takes off from the point it was left in the last book. The trio - Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are settling down i
Rishi Prakash
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book had been on my shelf for almost two months now and i was just making my mind because mythology has not really being my genre but i am glad i finally did :-) I must say I was pleasantly surprised that by the time I reached the end of the book as it took me back to those days of Ramayana serial which was such a joy and must watch for so many reasons. I could literally remember the characters and smile thinking about the incident which i read here!

The Stolen Hope is a part of the Ramayan
Radhika Taneja
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first came across this particular book, I felt that this would be like any other interpretation of the Ramayana, however with the first few pages only I realised that each phrase, each sentence had a deeper meaning attached to it. The tale is woven perfectly into an elaborate narrative which not only talks about the story of Ramayana but also the 'significance' of Ramayana for us, for the new generation. I really appreciate how this narrative not only talks about the course of Ramayana bu ...more
Shrikanth Venne
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indian-author
This was the best book in the set of first three, filled with action packed sequences.

Points I liked in this book:
1) The book starts with a fight of Virdha which kept me glued to the book.
2) Rama and Laxmana chop off hands of the gigantic Gandharva demon who had been cursed.
3) Fight between Ravana and Jatayu.

Points I think could be improved:
1) In this book Ravana was shown as a lustful and a pervert person who only wants a new girl each night.
2) He got 18 curses from the sages and girls as told
Nagarajan Narayanan
I have read many books on Sri Ramayana. But this one is strikingly different. Many books offer different variations of the great story. The Stolen Hope offers rare insight about the values inherent in the great epic. Everybody would love to keep this book in the family book shelf so that the entire family can benefit.
Surender Negi
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hinduism
Shubha Vilas: Without Doubt an poet of Lord Rama Life

There is many thing which I can say about this book, as I am writing review for all related series of Ramayana : The Game of Life. No Doubt this book drag you into the deep sentiments with Lord Ram, that its almost impossible for coming out.

Personally, Two time I feel tears in corner of my eyes when I read about, How Writer success to describe the pain of Lord Rama Heart without Mata Sita and When writer explain the pain of shabri. This book
Shoma Abhyankar
Most of my age have grown up listening to stories of Ramayan from our elders and can narrate the common and most popular stories from the epic quite easily to our kids. This book from the series "Ramayana: The game of life" is book III 'Stolen Hope'. In this book the duration of exile for Rama, Lakshmana and Sita is narrated through various stories that are interconnected to various other characters who each play a part in the whole epic.
There are many stories in the book which I was not aware o
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Practically every Hindu is familiar with the Ramayana and knows there are various versions. Every new version is definitely a labor of love and dedication. Shubha Vilas, an Engineering and Law graduate, involved with the Hare Rama movement, has also brought out the Ramayana in multiple volumes. The only volume I have read so far is Ramayana: The Game of Life - Book 3 - Stolen Hope. There is much to learn and relearn from each version and each time we read the Ramayana, and there are many descrip ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book about Aranya Kand. Sita gets kidnapped!
Ramya Abhinand
The simplicity in explaining an epic as mighty as the Ramayana
Well researched and addition of sub-stories that are of relevance in the Ramayana
Great Packaging- loved the front cover.
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