[E–pub/Pdf] Raavan Enemy of Aryavarta by Amish Tripathi

Between Silences kFinally after the drag of Scion of Ishvaku and a moderately paced Sita Amish gets his groove back with Raavan I somewhere found a deprived boy with a fighter spirit who had to choose a wrong path for his beloved ones and ultimately as his greed and ego took over him turned into the greatest villain in historyIts always fun to read Amish books Love the way he tell his stories Entertaining thrilling and dharmic Eagerly waiting for 4th and 5th book Amish jee i am sending you cream biscuits Please write fast I have always enjoyed reading Amish Tripathi s books His stories which borrow richly from our rich mythological texts have presented the narrative in a different and sometimes contemporary fashion His three books of Shiva Trilogy depict Shiva as a noble and yet very relatable character Nowhere in the series you feel that as an author Amish has transgressed the line of respect and centuries Amish has followed reverse chronological I would say 3 stars to part one 35 to sita 4 to this part Hope pattern continueDetailed review may follow This country is dead to meDada whispered KumbhakarnaControl your monsters did she sayDada listen to meI will unleash the monster I will destroy this landGoosebumpsThe point where Raavan accepts his identity and the transformation into evil is complete Pure goosebumpsIt s certainly the best book of Ramchandra series till now and dare I say probably the best of all Amish s booksI ll give you 2 reasons why One everybodynows about the childhood and formative years of Ram and Sita We all have heard about Raavan but only after the point he crosses paths with Ram I was excited to watch out for his backstory Two the first three books were bound to feel repetitive because of the multilinear structure of the series But this one doesn t at least not as intensely as the second book I think the credit goes to the fresh story and the convergence of all the clues left scattered in the first two booksYou won t feel like putting it down until you ve turned the last page The twist at the end is mind numbingPS Watch out for the philosophical debates between Raavan and Vedavati DisappointedThere is no methodological references except the same names unlike other books and series Why people li Repetitions Horrible style of writing I floated through the book I lost it at the reference of Sabarimala Was deliberately trying to bring in Sabarimala Is the author trying to whitewash the issue Not a good job I had completely forgotten this book was releasing last week until someone mentioned on a group chat and I new I had to read it immediately I actually didn t have a lot of expectations just wanted it to be an engaging read but this one turned out to be surprisingly very goodIt wasn t until the second book of this series Sita did I realize it was going to be a multilinear narrative with the first three books following three different characters but merging at the same point towards the end This made the experience of reading Sita a bit boring because the last third of the book felt very repetitive I guess I went into this book feeling similarly but Amish definitely did a great job of dispelling all my misconceptions The writing is very engaging right from the Get Go Fast And go fast paced and while also not shying away from the and dharmic discussions that I ve come to associate with Amish s books The entire reinterpretation of Raavan s backstory which we generally don t now much about is done masterfully and I loved how much of emotion the author was able to evoke in us I also really loved the whole theme of every hero needing a strong villain in their life to have a large scale impact on the minds of the people I guess my only gripe was that because the book was covering a very long timeline there were huge time jumps and we are only told about major events rather than showing them happenRaavan s character is really a study in contrasts He is Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations knowledgeable accomplished intelligent and ruthless but on the other hand loves his brother Kumbhakarna to no end He has his moments of humanity and just when you think he is capable of change something happens that completely changes the trajectory of his life The depiction of unreuited love and absolute grief is so utterly raw and gritty in this book that it really shook me Kumbhakarna is a character whom we don t much about at all in the original epic but he completely fascinated me here and I really liked him a lot At his core he is aind and compassionate person who wants to be dharmic but his devotion to his brother is also complete which leads him onto paths he doesn t necessarily want to embark on I adored the interactions between the brothers how they were able to show their vulnerabilities to each other made me very emotional and connected to their relationship but also seeing it change gradually pained me It s definitely this relationship that carries the emotional weight of the story and is what made it such a wonderful readTo finish I just wanna say that if you are fan of Amish s earlier works you should definitely read this one because I thought it had a great balance of mythology political machinations mystery and emotion It also ends on a very epic note and I m already very excited to see how Amish is gonna interpret the rest of the epic However if you haven t read any of the author s books before I would highly recommend to start with the Immortals of Meluha While books before I would highly recommend to start with the Immortals of Meluha While Ram Chandra series is not exactly a spin off of the Meluha trilogy there are many interconnecting elements between the two that I feel can be enjoyed better if you have start at the beginning Raavan one of the most debated characters in the history of Indian mythology Growing up we have often heard conflicting sides of his nature There are instances where he is ind generous compassionate and servile Then there are situations where he is shown to be vile arrogant cruel sadistic and selfish Incorporatin. WITHOUT THE DARKNESS LIGHT HAS NO PURPOSEWITHOUT THE VILLAIN WHAT WOULD THE GODS DOINDIA 3400 BCEA land in tumult poverty and chaos Most people suffer uietly A few rebel Some fight for a better world Some for themselves Some don’t give a damn Raavan Fathered by one of the most illustrious sages of the time Blessed by the Gods with talents bey. .
Raavan Enemy of AryavartaWas using a multi linear style of storytelling I felt that Ram and Sita ended up meeting too soon and the story from then on became a repetition of the first book Barring a few plot twists scattered here and there Amish did not really offer anything new Which is why I was despite fears that this is a story beyond the skill of the author to add depth to was excited for RaavanRaavan is a character who for most of the epic operates independently of Ram and Sita He is always present on the periphery as a monster but does not interfere in their affairs till that fateful day where their destinies finally meet This gave Amish a chance to tell the story from a rare perspective and give voice to a character who is possibly one of the complex beings in Indian mythology So complex in fact that he would fit perfectly into the Mahabharat which I always find to be a much complex and grey tale as compared to the relatively black and white Ramayana Raavan the great ing and the monster the devil who desired to be God the impulsive romantic who was cold and calculating hoarder of wealth and yet generous presented Amish with the chance to revive the series and for the first time add a fresh perspective and substantial depth to it Amish succeeds in this And he succeeds beautifullyRaavan is not a perfect book Not by miles There are too many points in the book which feel like a Bollywood movie or an Ekta Kapoor soap replete with melodrama a tragic love story and even a semblance of rebirth which would make any director worth his salt proud These elements feel somewhat out of place in a world which is so grounded in politics economics and all the manipulations therein The narrative drags in some parts and the book could definitely have been 50 pages tighter But all of this does not stop Raavan from being an engrossing and captivating read and once again Amish achieves this primarily through characterizationRight till the end it is the characters which Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work keep you the reader hooked to the plot The paradoxical Raavan the conflicted Kumbhakaran and even minor characters with a lot of depth than you would have suspected them of having if you ve read the Ramayana are whateep the book going Having a complex anti hero like Raavan definitely makes the book interesting than both the previous ones in the series and pays off in unexpected ways which lend emotional and philosophical weight to the book Speaking of philosophy the book has chapters which delve into discussions around Dharma The book could have done without these discourses but Amish has plotted them well and weaved them into the overarching story subtly enough that these exchanges act to drive the plot and even develop the characters For a book rooted in Indian mythology this is crucial since so much of the morality we associate with actions come from our interpretation of what dharma is And fortunately or unfortunately our dharma is much flexible than a character like Ram would make it out to beRaavan Enemy of Aryavarta is ultimately one of the better books you ll read coming from Indian authors and one of the best ones around Indian mythology It takes a well nown epic and builds it into a world where it feels at home and grounded in logic It takes familiar ground and attempts to pave new roads into it It takes effort to give complexity and weight to a character who could have easily become a generic villain but instead acts to give him motive character who could have easily become a generic villain but instead acts to give him motive shades of grey Amish could definitely improve further with respect instead acts to give him motive shades of grey Amish could definitely improve further with respect fluency of plot and pacing but he has already come a long way since his first book Raavan is definitely worth a read even as a stand alone book given the character and the themes it potentially discusses Well what to say The wait is finally over and I am so happy that I finally have the copy in my hand Not getting into the usual characters plot climax writing style and entertainment uotient I will uickly give you 7 reasons why I think this book is an absolute must read for every lover of mythological fantasy fiction out there1 It is an action packed adventure packed 5 star entertainer Technically I gave it 45 stars but you get the drift2 The character of Raavan is something to look forward to There are many shades to Raavan and the entire character arc is done very "well You will admire him maybe love him detest him pity him and would want " You will admire him maybe love him detest him pity him and would want hate him to no end but there is no way you can deny the charisma of the man Right till the end of the book you never really get to now him completely There is certainly a different Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War kind of an enigma in the character3 The character of Kumbhkaran he is yet another character whom you should look forward to whose usual treatment in other fictions and popular culture has been uite caricaturish But Amish surprises you with Kumbhkaran He is humble polite grounded and dharmic His selfless devotion to his brother is the stuff dreams are made of4 The vivid descriptions of the cities and the palaces the battle scenes and the people the social fabric and the economic system there is a lot of description in the narrative that adds to the beauty of the book In addition to that there is a good dose ofnowledge to be gained from the book5 It s a racy read with simple language The book makes use of a language that will appeal as much to a beginner as it will to a regular reader Amish does well when he leaves out the irrelevant years of Raavan s life while focusing only on the important events which matter6 While we do get the answers to all the uestions that were left unanswered in the previous books Raavan creates some mysteries on the way that will leave you on a cliffhanger once again This makes sure that you are as excited about the next book as you were about this one7 It is just so different from any other fiction that has been written on and about Ram Sita Raavan and RamayanaIn the end the book is totally worth the wait and I am excitedly looking forward to the next in the series. Nd Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French kill without remorseThis exhilarating third book of the Ram Chandra series sheds light on Ravaan theing of Lanka And the light shines on darkness of the darkest Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America kind Is he the greatest villain in history or just a man in a dark place all the timeRead the epic tale of one of the most complex violent passionate and accomplished men of all ti. G such nuances into a story is an arduous task The Demon King of Lanka has been subjected various interpretations over time The benevolent egoist the arrogant devoteehe is described by words that are self conflicting He is a character whose good deeds are often eclipsed by his selfish and cruel actions He is intelligent a great philosopher His treatise on Ayurveda and philosophy are wellnown The 10 heads symbolizes his supreme intelligent in all fields of life He is a prolific musician At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture known for his paintings a great physician a trader who mints money from thin air supreme tactician the lists are endless Regardless he has a short fuse Once he is enraged he forgets the distinction between good and bad All that remains is the ever consuming rage like a wild fire that destroys everything in its path In short he is a persona held in much awe and respect Sometimes I think it is these ualities of Raavan which actually propelled Ram to his glory The greater the difficulty the greater the rewardComing to the book Amish has done a great job in imbibing the Raavana we are familiar with into his words He has gone a further mile and ensured some surprises are in store for us The romantic side of Raavana is explored in this book However this same repetition of worshipping the feminine is recurrent in his earlier tellings of Ram Sita then Shiva and ParvathyBut hey I am not complaining he has done it wonderfully We see Raavan grow from a child to the Demoning that he becomes Another thing that surprised me was the character of Khumbakharna From the obese glutton of a man whose major role is often side lined to his appearance in war Amish has transformed him into a loving charismatic brother who will do anything for his Dada This Khumbha is a character that Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity keeps Raavan in check The brotherly love between these two characters has been portrayed beautifully Many minor characters also mention appreciation but suffice to say that the character building was engagingThe world building description of places and the travels of Raavana were also handled with utmost care It was a pleasure to read and imagine the world through his words His approach to the philosophy of life also deserves merit He has broached these subjects in a simple manner The plot was engaging There was no repetition from the previous books Following a parallel line of story telling the instances in the previous two books wereind of repetitive In this book there was no repetition and beautifully tie in with the thread was left open in the previous books And what is a climax without a twist There is a surprise waiting at the end but the surprise is not in the plot but rather in the way he handled the charactersThe book is not without its negatives Many people may find the theme of the book repetitive but I would like to say that he is just building a universe for his books And then there is Vidur and Buddha He casually spouted these names in the Ramayan Era So that is it folks I highly recommend the book to everyone This is the best book in the Ram series so far Writing mythology is a double edged sword and it takes an author of no little skill to choose the right edge to employ at the right time Done wrong the book could feel like nothing but a mundane re telling of an extremely well nown story Done right however and you have a chance to delve into some of the deepest and most complex characters ever put on paperThankfully Amish is an author who errs on the side of the latter The Shiva Trilogy was one of the best pieces of work by an Indian author I have come across This was not because of the language was beautiful or the story went flawlessly Both these factors Left Something To Be something to be accustomed as we are to the fluency of British and American authors However both language and plot being adeuate Amish truly Excelled At His Characters Through The Shiva at his characters Through the Shiva the characters really stood out in their complexity actions and motives It is exactly what made the Mahabharat in my opinion the greatest epic of them all stand out and endure across ages and generations It stands the test of time because each character in the Mahabharat is a shade of human nature and human nature is eternal The Shiva Trilogy was great because of these precise reasons The reader remains engaged in the characters even when the plot went on a different sometimes unreuired tangent or dragged for some reason or anotherAmish added humanity and complexity to characters who were till now considered Gods He managed to create a world where all the divinity of our mythology was grounded in science and logic and this is what helped the man penetrate a generation that hardly reads and craves above all logic He managed to get an entire generation in India started on good books and for that alone I cannot grudge him anythingThe Ramayana however poses an entirely different set of challenges Where Shankar was always nown to us as a God and an exceptionally powerful one at that Ram was always nown to us a human being virtuous and flawed at the same time There has been no shortage of literature and fiction published in his name all telling the same famous tale from different perspectives For Amish to add a new dimension to a character so well explored was never a simple task I would not say he succeeded at it completely though the attempt is pretty good The first book in the series Scion Of Ikshvaku was or less a direct retelling of the Ramayana though Amish did connect it to the larger universe he is building of the Ramayana though Amish did connect it to the larger universe he is building elements such the Nagas Somras the tribes of Vishnu and Mahadev etc However the plot and the characters themselves were nothing new and I found myself reading yet another version of a story India nows in its very genesThe second book for me fell completely flat While Sita is a character who often takes a backseat in the original epic Amish had the chance to really dive into her character and decode her However given that he. Ond all Cursed by fate to be tested to the extremesA formidable teenage pirate he is filled with eual parts courage cruelty and fearsome resolve A resolve to be a giant among men to conuer plunder and seize the greatness that he thinks is his rightA man of contrasts of brutal violence and scholarly nowledge A man who will love without reward

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