I know I’m a tad too late in writing this, but better late than never 😉
Oh! btw, before I start, this isn’t a review; just my view on how I found the book to be.
Scion of Ikshvaku is the first book of the Ram Chandra Series by Amish Tripathi.
The book delivers what it promises to – An unbridled account of the life of Ram. Right from his birth, his childhood, his relationship with King Dashrath, his equation with his 3 Queen mothers, his bonding with his brothers, his Swayamvar and beyond, specially, the reason behind the 14-year exile or the infamous Vanvaas (I hadn’t even guessed about this reason in the wildest of my dreams); every intricate detail, with ample references to apt Sanskrit verses, has been delivered in the signature Amish style – one which has got him such huge readership. The secrets and lies that lie behind every event that unfolds are worth turning the page for.
The instances, where the Ram-Lakshman duo stand up for each other, where Raavan makes his marks in Ram’s life, where Ram stands by his people and the law, are described with such perfect emotions that they make you want to delve more into the beautifully written passages. And that’s where the author wins.
‘Scion of Ikshvaku’ brings with it the baggage of Amish’s rightly gained stardom, which is sufficient to vouch for the book to be a reader’s delight, only, I felt it wasn’t as fast paced as the books of ‘The Shiva Trilogy’ (the one minus that I could think of, for the book), but maybe the forthcoming books of the series will make up, in full, for it. Yet, this is no reason for one to not grab his copy 😉
P.S. I thought I should mention this, though. I liked Kavita Kane’s view of ‘Lady’ Urmila and Ma Kaikeyi in ‘Sita’s Sister’ better.
Because of two delicate theories I learned from it.
- Appearances are deceptive (Read ‘Appearance’ as what you get to see/hear) courtesy, a case of Ma Kaikeyi (Try reading the book to know what I mean. I dare not reveal it, lest I spoil the surprise for someone 😉 )
- Circumstances bring out the best in you, show what you are made of. – ‘Lady’ Urmila. (Yes, I prefer to call her a ‘Lady’, for her forthrightness, courage and the determination of steel that she is made of).