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The Ramayana is, quite simply, the greatest of Indian epics - and one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling 'Almost every individual living in India,' writes R. K. Narayan in the Introduction to this new interpretation, 'is aware of the story of The Ramayana. Everyone of whatever age, outlook, education or station in life knows the essential part of the epicThe Ramayana is, quite simply, the greatest of Indian epics - and one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling 'Almost every individual living in India,' writes R. K. Narayan in the Introduction to this new interpretation, 'is aware of the story of The Ramayana. Everyone of whatever age, outlook, education or station in life knows the essential part of the epic and adores the main figures in it - Rama and Sita. Every child is told the story at bedtime . . . The Ramayana pervades our cultural life.' Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki, probably around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless variant versions in different languages. Here, drawing his inspiration from the work of an eleventh-century Tamil poet called Kamban, Narayan has used the talents of a master novelist to recreate the excitement and joy he has found in the original. It can be enjoyed and appreciated, he suggests, for its psychological insight, its spiritual depth and its practical wisdom - or just as a thrilling tale of abduction, battle and courtship played out in a universe thronged with heroes, deities and demons....

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The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic Reviews

  • Corinne
    2019-05-28 23:06

    I happened to pick up this book when I went to New Delhi for work. I didn't know about Indian mythology at all, because in Europe we read only Greek Mythology at school, but what I've always like about India is that in this country, the animals seem to have equal rights as Man. So, when I picked up this book in the bookstore, and read the back cover, I was immediately drawn to the efforts of the monkeys, in collaboration with man, to save a kidnapped woman.And I was touched by the book's deep wisdom and its keen insight into the human nature, coupled with a gripping narrative of action, in high tension. What a powerful story-telling!!!I returned to the bookstore to buy the other Indian epic, 'Mahabharata', translated by the same author.

  • Chris
    2019-06-16 23:45

    This is one of those really entertaining but makes you want to smack someone. But at least the gods in this version agree with me.It is nice to know that the Bible isn’t the only work that screws women over.The amount of time that men in this epic, who keep telling you they are powerful dudes, blame women for everything is just maddening. Even Sita who couldn’t be raped because Ravena can’t force her has to prove her virtue. Hello. Yeah, yeah, I know it was before feminism. I get it. But I am a modern lady; I can still get upset by it. But outside of the whole women are to blame for everything, it’s actually really good and engrossing. It’s even fun.And if you are wondering, like the guy who commented below, where men say that here are some examples:"Finally the King burst out, " . . . Those cherry-red lips I thought sustained me, but they have only been a source of the deadliest poison to finish me off . . ." (52). True she is a evil woman, but no one forced you to do what you did. "The picture she [Soorpanka] conjured up was convincing . . . Soorpanaka's words had lit an all-consuming flame within him [Ravana]" (81)"When he heard of his son's death, Ravana shed bitter tears and swore, 'This is the time to kill that woman Sita, the cause of all this misery'" (149). You did kidnap her.As for Sita's virtue test. I know that critics, both Western and Eastern have problems with it. Even the epic seems to realize this for it says, "Rama explained that he had to adopt this trial in order to demonstrate Sita's putiry beyond a shadow of a doubt to the whole world" (163).Look, like all great epics, the work is a product of its time. I understand that. But I am not going to respond any differently simply because of that. I have similar problems with the Bible, Homer, and so on. I cannot turn off my feminisim completely. I'm sorry, I can't. It doesn't stop me from enjoying the story. And to be frank, do you really think modern women were the first to ask these questions or notice these problems? +

  • Ashley
    2019-05-24 23:50

    3.5 stars. I couldn't belief that I actually enjoyed it despite being far removed from the cultural context of the work! The moment I ascertained that I was required to read The Ramayana for my World Literature Module in university, I felt frightened and intimidated. I had a strong feeling that I would not enjoy it because of its unfamiliarity and because of the fact that I had to step out of my comfort zone and read a book involving wars. The first two chapters of the book was perplexing to me; however, I found myself totally immersed in the story and enjoyed it very much! I assumed that I would feel uncomfortable and emotional because I had established my own set of beliefs and world views and feared that they might be diluted. Nevertheless, I was foolishly mistaken! Thanks to RK Narayan's brilliance in translation, I was able to rid myself of all the subjective feelings; my prejudice was evaporated and I didn't feel removed and isolated when I read the text. I must say that I actually appreciate the work and that world literature is not as scary as I've thought!

  • Jay
    2019-06-18 23:09

    Even to a skeptic like me, there is something soul stirring in the Ramayana .. mystic even!

  • Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
    2019-06-14 00:53

    I guess the whole world has heard of blue Rama and his beautiful Sita, but now that I'm actually reading the story, I find their love not as amazing as I thought. In the movie A Little Princess, Sarah was obsessed with the story, and I liked the scenes she imagined.Rama is not as amazing and dashing as all that, he even cheats on Sita and treats her badly. Another book that encouraged me to read this book (though it wasn't about it) The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck, because I was obsessed with her India.The last part when Rama sends his brother to dispose of Sita while pregnant to a forest, kind of reminds me of Mary, she gives birth but not alone.And please tell me what's up with Indians and suicide?? It's NOT romantic and it's not okay, there's NO greatness in it or valor. I've noticed this aspect in many stories and movies in the Indian culture.

  • Christian
    2019-06-07 21:07

    The Ramayana was an amazing book to read. However, this book has so many names that are hard to remember and has some vocabulary words that you need to be able to understand. At the begging of the book, it was boring. However, as you read further on you would find the book more interesting. It deals with this main character named Rama and Sita and Rama’s brothers. They help Rama get to a surtain point were Rama comes face to Ravana. Ravana is an evil monster that is ruler of all evil wanting to destroy Rama. The Ramayana is story of Rama journey to destroy Ravana and along the way; he makes friends with other people that would help with his journey. The theme of the book is good vs. evil, friendship and trust at the end good has its victory. This book is amazing and I would recommend people to read it and its fun to because you get to learn about other people’s culture and you would find it different in particular reason. The reason is that they have these types of gods that protect the world and is different from other religions.

  • Aria
    2019-06-03 21:41

    This review can also be found on Snow White Hates Apples.After I’ve finished reading this book, I’m certain that mythology, fairy tales, folklore, legends and such all share common notions no matter which culture they are part of. In The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic (which I will shorten to ‘The Ramayana' from here onward), is a tale both familiar and unknown to me. Although the Indians are ‘one of the three main races’ in my country, I’ve never really ventured into their culture, beliefs, traditions and such—a huge error on my part. Even so, as mentioned earlier, there are common notions that can be found in this tale and due to this, I felt like I already knew the tale.This ‘modern’ retelling of The Ramayana is a very easy read. There is a glossary for terms I know not of, and a list of characters which is very helpful since there are many in this tale. However, despite finding this an easy read, I found the narrative disjointed at some parts. The short stories within this tale threw me slightly off course since I was expecting this tale to focus on Rama and his journey only. The breaking of the fourth wall—which is common in tales like this—isn’t as smooth as I’d like it to be as well. I don’t know how else to put this except that it didn’t seem like part of the story to me. In a way, it was like breaking the fourth wall’s fourth wall.Other than that, I unfortunately found R.K. Narayan’s translation of this epic is too simple. I do like that it made reading this text easier, but I also think that the words used are mostly common and somehow, that just took away the beauty and complexity of this story. I’ve read a few versions of translations for Grimm’s Fairy Tales and although simple words are also used, there are still some complex/big words which then, gave them a lovely balance between simplicity and complexity. In this version of The Ramayana, I felt that it is overall, more simple than complex. Due to this, I also got bored reading this epic after a while and even though my interest did revive, getting bored at any point is still a negative.The Ramayana is a patriarchal text. Like the fairy tales we all know and love, the women’s journey is also the question of the man’s desire here. While Rama develops throughout this epic, Sita remains flat and acts as a source for plot points. Had Rama not desired Sita in the beginning, she would’ve never had a ‘journey’ in this text. Nevertheless, The Ramayana is still an enjoyable read. I probably wouldn’t reread this translation but it’s worth the first read.

  • Timons Esaias
    2019-06-06 23:42

    Okay, first the consumer warning: THIS IS NOT THE VALMIKI VERSION OF THE RAMAYANA, nor is it the Kamban version, which is referred to on the back cover description. I was insufficiently attentive in the bookstore, when buying the Penguin Classics of this and the Mahabharata. I did not realize that this was essentially a modern novel version of the Tamil version, reshaped by the Indian novelist R. K. Narayan.So what you get in this edition is part of the story of Ramayana, revised to modern tastes, and told in legendary-sounding prose.Narayan does not like the part of the story in which Rama shoots and kills Hanuman, after Hanuman saves his bacon. The solution is that Narayan tells us that Rama is known to have done that, but he leaves it out of the narrative. Narayan also doesn't like the "second ending" of the Valmiki version, so in an epilogue we are told it exists, told about the doubts of authenticity, but not given anything but the slightest synopsis.In other places the flavor of the ancient originals is given by lines like, "At this point Kamban begins to describe the preparations for the wedding of Rama and Sita. It is one of the most fascinating sections of the epic. The details of the wedding pavilion; the decorations; the arrival of guests from other countries; the flowers in the bride's house and then at the bridegroom's and the preparation of the bride and bridegroom themselves: their clothes and jewellery, the moods they were in -- all are described by Kamban in minute detail, running to several thousand lines of poetry."That's an interesting way of boiling the story down while still giving a nod to the original versions, and (despite being annoyed because I'd thought I'd bought an original version) it works well enough.I enjoyed this easy-reading version of Rama's story, and it makes for a good introduction to the complex mythology of the Hindu pantheon. I can see why Narayan might have felt there was a need for this update. Judged by the author's intention, it works.

  • Derek
    2019-06-18 04:44

    An incredibly pleasant read, with some interesting additional apologetic work by the translator that adds value to the criticism and understanding of the "original" text (such as Sita's immolation and his murder of Vali). This version is barebones, but with enough meat to really provide a great framework for diving into a deeper, lengthier version of the text, provided an English reader such as myself can find one. If anything, this text reminds me how absurdly complex and rich this culture is and, compared to staples of Western civilization, it is humbling to see an ocean when all you have seen before are ponds and lakes. If anything, through this story and the Mahabharata, I have developed a genuine (and unexpected) love and respect for Hinduism; it has profoundly impacted the way I live -- especially the way I think about storytelling and folklore.

  • Derek
    2019-05-31 01:44

    Narayan’s translation of The Ramayana is an entertaining and interesting read, especially in regards to the gender roles within the story. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in classic Indian mythology, although it is worth looking into other translations of The Ramayana as well since Narayan has omitted and/or simplified a few important scenes.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-20 23:54

    A little too late for Diwali, but.Really enjoyed this. I would like to read it in verse eventually.

  • Wesley Fox
    2019-06-11 03:07

    An interesting shortened version of the Indian epic. It has less lecturing than the Bhagavad Gita and more ethical and moral dimensions to it. I enjoyed it more.It is about Rama, the son of a king in a fictitious kingdom in some forgotten time. He is adored by his family and his people. One day a sage comes by and requests Rama come with him to complete a ritual in a remote place. During the journey Rama completes several great deeds even as a child, convincing the sage and others he is the reincarnation of a god, Vishnu. He finds a stunning bride, Sita, on the way back as well. On the eve of his coronation, his stepmother approaches his father, the king, and holds him to a promise he made when they first met long ago. He granted her two wishes or boons, that she could request at any time. She had her own ambitions for herself and her son, and so decided to cash in on his promise. He is to exile Rama and place her own son on the throne instead. It is a question of honor and so the king agrees.Rama is cast out into the forest, his wife is stolen by a demon, which leads to a great campaign to rescue her and destroy the demon hordes in the forests and frontiers of the world.Entertaining, great descriptions, and interesting characters make this story pretty easy to get through, even for a westerner. You get a glimpse of ancient Indian culture, especially the concepts of honor, duty, divinity, and romance. Polygamy is practiced as is the subjugation of women to an inferior status. The sexism in the story is pretty thick, but no more than the sexism from our own ancient and medieval western stories.I had serious problems with one particular part of the story: Rama's rejection of Sita once she is rescued from the demons. He is bothered by the fact that she's been living in a stranger's palace for months. Never mind that she was kidnapped and is held against her will by a vicious demon. If she relented in her defiance of the demon's advances, even once, he was ready to reject her. In other words, if she was raped, he didn't want her back as his wife. She wasn't raped and didn't relent, so the story could continue to its happy ending.The interesting twist is that several characters are incarnations of gods, but they don't know it. They are born with a blindspot to their true identity, only aware that they have gifts and must play a special role. Here, Vishnu is Rama but doesn't know it. He lives and acts as a mortal, granted one with some godlike powers. This is exactly interesting to see unfold, as Rama/Vishnu can fail in their destiny or quests on Earth. Gods and goddesses are capable of mistakes when in human or non-divine form, as Rama did when he let a demon trick him, lure him out of his home allowing the demon to kidnap his wife.It was enjoyable overall and didn't take long, thanks to its shortened modern prose.

  • Sanum
    2019-05-30 02:59

    I love this book so far, The 4 stories told in the first chapter are really good stories! I think a good proverb for all 4 stories can be "We do sins to realize we are right in the end”, or "Everyone has a good and a bad side, people just see one side of the story”. I think this because the stories have a bad guy, that was a good guy before, but they had a reason to do what they did, for example in Ahalya’s story, Indra can be taken as the bad guy since he cloned himself to make love to Ahalya, and he was cursed with female parts, and then with a thousand eyes. Indra couldn’t be blamed for it because he couldn’t stop himself from doing so, since he was in love with her. He had a good side, but his bad side was shown.Sita and Rama love each other so much, I love their story, and how Rama would do anything to protect her. For example when Thataka, Ravana's sister came and fell in love with Rama , and tried to trap Sita, Rama was furious! Sita and Rama are perfect for each other, and as people say are perfect humans, with good looks. Another example of their love is when Sita decided to go with Rama on his exile( as well as Lakshmana), Sita didn't want Rama to leave and wouldn't agree unless she went with him, this shows the love she has for him and how much she cares, she wasn't willing for him to leave her alone.This whole mission of Rama was for him to kill Ravana and destroy all evil. Rama’s mission was really to win Sita back from Ravana, and with that he also did what he was born to do which was kill all evil, especially Ravana. on page 162 Rama surprised me and I felt so bad when he told Sita that he freed her to do whatever she wanted. I felt like there was no point to the book when I read that paragraph but after I read the whole page I realized it was just a test. I was relieved after that.

  • Bookworm1858
    2019-06-13 22:58

    The Ramayana by R. K. NarayanPenguin, 1972157 pagesEpic; Mythic5/5 starsSource: Bought and read for schoolSummary: The epic of Rama, the god Vishnu in human form, and his quest to rid the world of Ravana.I loved this book. I thought that I was vaguely familiar with the story as I read it and I think I may have seen parts of a filmed adaptation at some point. This is a shortened prose version so it has lost some of its embellishments; I imagine that this would be a very fun story to hear as the storyteller would add little bits of color and points of interest, tailored to fit the audience. However as a book, I think it works in the shortened version.It moves along fairly quickly but with side stories and diversions as might be expected in an epic. Rama's eventual quest to destroy Ravana comes about because his beloved wife Sita is kidnapped by Ravana. However before he can finish the task, he meets many other creatures and has many other adventures that burnish his reputation.Overall: A fantastic story that I highly recommend for Westerners as we're probably not familiar with the story.Cover: Rama is apparently always represented as blue although I'm not entirely sure why.

  • Elise
    2019-06-03 23:49

    Narayan's The Ramayana is a nice modern prose retelling of the longer Indian epic originally written in verse. It serves as a wonderful introduction to Indian culture, values, mythology, and spirituality. However, it was extremely difficult to get into at first, but once I was engaged, it was difficult to put down. There were so many vividly drawn battle scenes that successfully put this reader right into the middle of the action with all of the great accompanying visuals--flaming serpents, battling bloodthirsty monkeys, gold and bejewelled deer, demons, and Ravana with the ten heads, each of which grows back as soon as it is cut off. I think Narayan's version of The Ramayana would be studied most profitably in a comparative context, alongside other mythological epics from around the world. What great insight into the differences among world cultures as well as their similarities in the form of archetypes it would surely offer.

  • Bryce
    2019-06-13 22:02

    I am currently reading several books to prepare for a trip to India. This is a prose retelling (in English) of the Ramayana by great Indian Author R.K. Narayan. It is also considerably condensed from the original epic poem. I thought Narayan did a great job of making the story very readable and understandable. Images of and references to Rama and Sita are plentiful in Indian culture, so it is great to now understand their story and its implications.

  • Jackson Cyril
    2019-05-25 04:45

    A shortened version adapted from Kamban's Tamil version of the Ramayana. From the excerpts of Kamban's Tamil that I have read and heard, this translation-- indeed perhaps any translation-- would fall woefully short. That said, this was a wonderful translation-- and short enough to finish over morning coffee!

  • Marcy
    2019-05-28 02:57

    A beautiful translation of 'The Ramayana', with a wonderful narrative contextualising the aspects of the story edited out. It is an abridged version, but Narayan does a lovely job bridging the gaps that exist in the story by telling you what you missed--not only in terms of plot, but also in terms of literary style.

  • Sandeep
    2019-05-29 23:06

    Privilege, honor reading & reliving this epic!Simple precise writing by RKN. I could not have expected anything more.Cheers,

  • Katie
    2019-05-20 21:53

    I'm glad I'm done reading this for Ancient Civ!!!

  • Tnahsin Garg
    2019-05-21 21:44

    Mr. Ram was a gifted and brilliant undergraduate student at University of Ayodhya (10.0/10.0 GPA). All the students, staff, and faculty loved/worshipped him immensely and were really looking forward to his graduation. It was an open secret that shortly after getting his Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Ram would be offered a permanent, full-time job in the department. In certain circles, there were even rumors that his position was going to be most senior position ever created, and he would become the kind and generous leader/hero that they deserved. But alas! As the fate had it, even though Mr. Ram was the hero they deserved, he wasn’t the one they needed. Especially, not at that moment, according to Prof. Kaikeyi. Now, Prof. Kaikeyi was quite hot and had a certain charm over the department head (Prof. Dasrath). So somehow, she convinced him that instead of Mr. Ram, Mr. Bharat, her favorite student, should be given the job instead. Now, Mr. Ram being Mr. Ram, coolheaded and what not, happily agreed to leave Ayodhya for graduate studies in the forests. Mr. Bharat, another old worshipper of Mr. Ram, tried his level-best to tell him that graduate school was pointless if one could get a good-paying job after undergrad only but Mr. Ram didn’t listen. Ultimately, they agreed that Mr. Ram would be allowed to fool around in the forests for about 14 years, pursuing his exotic but unrealistic research ideas. Afterwards, he can come and get the same job in the department which Mr. Bharat was happy to pass on to him anyway. Thus began Mr. Ram’s painful but adventurous 14-year research journey in the forests. He spent the first 7 years getting an MS and a Ph.D. After that he did not know what to do but still needed to pass the remaining 7 years, so he decided to get a couple of post-docs around the world. Somewhere in this timeline (it's not clear when), his favorite, most cherished, and pure experimental sample (Sita) gets stolen by a foreign, genius rival (Dr. Ravan). In order to get back his exotic sample Sita, he gathered his collaborators (Sugreev, Hanuman) and laid siege to Dr. Ravan’s lab. Also, I should mention that Dr. Ram’s collaborators happened to be monkeys (bear with me please, it’s all true) and by working with them he also acquired the highly sought-after skills in academia, i.e., teamwork, diversity, and inclusion. Finally, with the aid of a disgruntled ex-group member (Vibhishan) from Dr. Ravan’s lab, his monkey friends, as well as bureaucrats from heaven, Dr. Ram was able to retrieve his precious sample Sita. Suddenly, everybody, like everybody in the battlefield, even the corpses started giving uncomfortable stares to Dr. Ram as he was about to put the sample Sita in his pristine vial. It was then he wondered aloud, “What if my precious sample Sita has become contaminated?” The only way to sterilize sample Sita was to put it through fire ignoring the possibility that the fire may alter its chemical structure. But lo and behold! Sample Sita survived the ignition test and was made pure again. Afterwards, everybody became extremely satisfied and extremely happy. Then, the whole army jumped into this mind-blowing airplane which could fly forward, backward, and sideways at your will, and flew back together to the University of Ayodhya. Back in Ayodhya, all the worshippers, Mr. Bharat, and even Prof. Kaikeyi were eagerly waiting for Dr. Ram to come back and bless them. Shortly after his arrival, Dr. Ram was finally crowned as the Head of Department. And everybody, including the burnt sample Sita, went on to live merrily and happily ever after. A few days after everybody calmed down, Mr. Bharat pulled Prof. Ram aside and remarked to him,“Bro Ram! Btw, I told you, you would have got this job 14 years ago anyway. Why didn’t you listen to me back then? Poor sample Sita had to go through all this ordeal of living in forests, getting kidnapped, and then getting burnt.”“Oh actually, I really like traveling. And I really wanted to go out, see the world, and get some experience abroad. You won’t understand it Bharat. It's called wanderlust.”

  • Taiya
    2019-05-30 01:48

    This was an entertaining story that gave great insight into a mythical, magical, and colorful culture of ancient India. This is the story of King Rama, his wife Sita, and their adventures and conquests. This book is particularly appealing due to its pull towards people with roots but no immediate connection to India. The writing is very monotone, the point and style of the writing is to tell the story and that comes across, depending on your preferences this can be good or bad. The plot is hard to follow at first but once you get used to the pace it is very enjoyable. The flow of the story is very good it keeps readers interested without being confusing. Overall, this story is amazing due to cultural insight and an entrancing plot.

  • Alex Rhea
    2019-06-07 22:51

    Very well done translation of a unique and captivating story. While the tale and its characters are clearly very foreign to a western audience, Narayan makes the story accesible to western readers. I would recommend to all who want to read something different or would like a taste of Indian literature.

  • Manish Shetty
    2019-06-09 23:40

    One of the greatest hero of India and the most loved and worshipped. While reading the book, i had a nostalgic feeling of my childhood, I had seen the television series when i was in school, i still remember watching it in my neighbors house as we didn't have tv that time. My neighbor's house used to be full of neighbors.

  • Alex
    2019-06-06 02:02

    I really loved this! it reminded me a lot of traditional Greek mythology. the writing in this particular translation was wonderful and enjoyable. The story itself was vibrant and lively. I hope one day I can at least read parts of the whole Ramayana because I loved this story so much.

  • Ben Sharon
    2019-06-19 05:09

    Narayan perfectly narrates Indian epic in such a descriptive yet succint enough language to fit a relatively thin paperback.

  • Adam J. MacRae
    2019-06-14 22:59

    The Indian Epic. A delight to read, it's no wonder "Whatever the medium, the audience is always an eager one. Everyone knows the story but lives to listen to it again."

  • Haewon
    2019-06-11 01:51

    Women in the book “Ramayana”Positive - Sons respected their mothers.- Sons treated their step mothers same as their real mother.- Women had the right to speak ex. Kaikeyi told Dasaratha to exile Rama and crown Bharatha.- men couldn’t kill women easily ex. When Rama was learning from Viswamithra, he couldn’t kill Thataka because she was a woman.(don’t judge a book by its cover) negative- Men could marry more then one wife- Women couldn’t chose who they wanted to marry with ex. When Sita was in love with Rama, she didn’t say anything to her father and just kept it to herself.At first, I thought this book was boring because it had some languages that I couldn't understand. However, when I kept reading it, it really got me in to it. As I was reading this book, it was just like if I was watching a movie. You could just see the images while you are reading this book. I actually like this book! It includes both action and romance. I recommand this book to all the teenagers who wants to learn and is interested in gods of India. This book is about a boy named Rama and his brother Lakshmana learning more about weapons from Viswamithra who was a warrior and a conqueror before. First, when Rama killed Thataka, who was a strong and evil woman with an arrow, the gods were watching him and thought that he was like a savior. So the gods asked Viswamithra to teach Rama more about controlling weapons and knowledge. Viswamithra told Rama many different stories of gods to teach him to have more knowledge and to be wise. Everything was going well until Dasathra(Rama’s father) felt like he was getting old and needed a rest. He decided to give Rama the crown. However, Dasathra’s favorite wife, who was the second wife named Kaikeyi had to mess up all the happiness. But I think it was not much of Kaikeyi’s fault because at first, when her handmaid, Kooni told her the news about Rama being crowned, she was happy and excited about the ceremony. Kooni, however, convinced Kaikeyi that it was not fair. So, Kaikeyi asked Dasaratha to exile Rama for 14 years and crown Bharathra. Dasaratha had to listen to her because before, he promised her and owned her two “boons.” When Rama was about to get exiled, Sita, his wife told him that she was going to go with him and Lakshmana also followed.After Rama’s exileWhen Rama was exiled, he had to live in the dangerous forest and had to protect his wife more than ever. One day, Rama was just walking around the forest and found a beautiful woman. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her. However, Rama found out that she was Ravana’s sister, Soorpanaka. Ravana is the ruler of Lanka and also the most powerful demon. Soorpanaka disguised herself to be beautiful. When she saw Sita, she thought that Sita was a demon who used magic to look beautiful because Sita looked like a goddess. Rama let Soorpanaka down but she thought that if she put Sita away from Rama, then he would bring her and marry her. So when Sita was trying to gather flowers, Soorpanaka just beat her up. When Lakshmana saw what was happening, he just chopped Soorpanaka’s breast, ear and nose. Soorpanaka told Kara(Ravana‘s step brother) about the situation but Rama ended up defeating Kara and his armies. So Soorpanaka told Ravana about Sita and Rama. She described how beautiful Sita was so that Ravana would fall in love with her. When Ravana finally couldn’t stop thinking about Sita, he stole Sita from Rama. On his way to find Sita, he met Sugreeva and Hanuman(monkey). And they were a big help when Rama was finally having battle with Ravana.Battle between Rama and RavanaSugreeva, as he promised, sent a large amount of armies to Rama. Even though Sugreeva forgot about it for long time, Rama was just thankful that he brought the armies. When the battle began, I thought it was just like a video game because Rama and Ravana would be using different kinds of weapons that was impossible to protect themselves. Rama was fair about the battle because when Ravana fainted, he would wait for him to wake up so that he could battle fairly. The battle shows how much Rama is getting wiser and wiser. When Rama had the change to kill Ravana, he used arrow to cut his neck but it was keep growing. Because before the battle, Ravana prayed that his neck, arms, and feet would be safe. But he forgot to pray about his heart. At last, Rama used “Brahmasthra” and killed Ravana. Rama was pleased that he won the battle but when he saw Sita, he was acting strange to her. Rama told her that he wouldn’t get back together because she stayed with Ravana. Sita tried to burn herself when he said that. She did burn herself but the God of the fire saved her.Returning to Ayodhya14 years passed and it was time for Rama and Sita to go back to Ayodhya. When Bharathra was trying to burn himself because he thought that Rama wasn’t going to return, Hanuman put off the fire saying that Rama is going to be here soon. Bharathra was happy to hear this news. And when Rama and Sita returned, they became king and queen.

  • Aaron
    2019-05-23 22:46

    Glad I finally got around to reading this.

  • Mahamuda Rahman
    2019-06-18 01:08

    A very short, yet enjoyable version of Ramayana in which the reader will experience the lucidity of R.K. Narayan's narrative style.