On The Jacket :
Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national bestseller, Rise of The Sun Prince, in the new spiritual and motivational series RAMAYANA – THE GAME OF LIFE.
Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodha since the wedding of Rama and Sita at the end of Book 1.
Now, in Shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama’s exile. Through tales of Rama’s unwavering and enugmatic persona, the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively; through Bharata’s actions, it teaches us to handle temptation; and through Sita’s courage, to explore beyond our comfort zone. This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail.
Quick Review :
Shattered Dreams is very slow and way too stretched book.
Full Review :
Shattered Dreams is second book in the series. I have not read the first book but couldn’t find any negative impact about it, Because It’s Ramayana, who doesn’t know the epic story – Ramayana?
Shattered Dreams narrates the episode of Rama’s Exile, Dasarata’s death and Bharata’s Coronation. I somehow feel it’s way too smaller a plot to write a complete 385 pages book upon. Don’t get me wrong here, there are fascinating stories and all the dilemmas of each person towards the similar situation shown here; yet I feel the plot is dragged unnecessarily. There’s a chapter on Ravana too. How Ravana became Ravana you will get to know in this book.
Book 2 starts with Dasarata’s nightmare. Nightmare about his death and thus he decides to coronate Rama as King of Ayodha. But Fate has other plans as Kaikeyi withdraws her two boons and asks for Rama’s Excile and Bharata’s Coronation. Dasarata dies due to the guilt that he couldn’t do anything for Rama. Rama, Sita and Lakshmana leave Ayodha for Vanvas. Rama, Sita and Lakshmana stay at chitrakoot for the first year of Exile. Lakshmana constructs a beautiful home for Sita with whatever is available at forest.
Author has narrated Bharata’s dilemmas and his sincerity, Lakshmana’s ever ready nature to serve Rama, Sita’s ever loving nature, Kaushalya- The ethereal mother, Kaikayi’s sudden fear and stiffness, Dasarata’s impotence to stop Rama’s exile and Rama’s ever Righteous nature, ever calm and soothing character very well. But at points it became very draggy.
There are footnotes on every page, sometimes about the situation, sometimes about the person and sometimes just to put Author’s point of view about the situation/Person. After every important Discussion Author narrates the essence of the situation from his perspective, what we need to learn from Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata. After some 100 pages I stopped reading the footnotes.
Ratings : 3/5
Half star extra for the beautiful cover.