Sunday, 7 July 2019


Raavan: The epitome of evil as per our Hindu mythology. We know him as a man who was egotistical, evil incarnated, kidnapped the wife of a pious and honorable king, and considered himself to be way above than the heavenly Gods above!

While growing up in a simple Indian Marwari household, granny would always warn us against growing up to be someone like Raavan as he was a "bad man". Moreover thanks to Ramanand Sagar's Ramayana, we took this to our heart and believed it with all our faith!

However, as with all childhood 'truths', this one too took a bad fall! We all realized that in reality, Raavan was a highly educated man, a Shiva worshipper, a great warrior, a loving brother, and above all a just king!

There have been many stories written, plays written, and even movies being made to showcase the story of Raavan from a different perspective, to highlight his positivities, and to bring to life his story
from his point of view!

Amish as an author needs no introduction. He is a master storyteller who seamlessly weaves mythology with fiction. The Shiva trilogy was an absolute delight to be read. Till date, no author had been able to write Lord Shiva's story with such a unique and out-of-the-box storyline!

The Ram Chandra Series is another brilliant gem by this genius man. To come up with a storyline that is completely tangent to what has been passed on since ages as our great Hindu truth is not a simple task!

This is the third book in the series after Ram: Scion of Ishkvaku and Sita: Warrior of Mithila. 

At the onset, I have to give in to my fangirl emotions and have an "OH! MY GOD!" moment.

A very well-crafted story that begins with the early childhood of Raavan in the ashram of his father, sage Vishrava. Raavan did not have a happy childhood and was never loved by his father. This had a deep-rooted effect on his mindset and decisions later in life. He is shown to be an exceptionally talented man who was not only a brave warrior but was also a highly accomplished musician and an artist. He was very loyal towards his family and in fact, took up the job of looking after his mother and younger brother, Kumbhakarna from a very young age.

Raavan had a lot of hatred and negativity inside him and the responsibility of earning for his family since a young age made him a bitter and hard man. He rarely gave in to his softer side and preferred to be feared by others. Regular people crave to portray themselves as good and pious for the world, but Raavan was just the opposite. He enjoyed the stories circulated about him being cruel and barbarian. He reveled in his negative image and took immense pride in being considered as the larger-than-life barbarian of all times!

However, there was another side of Raavan that was privy to Kumbhakarna alone. The two brothers had a very strong and close relationship. Kumbhakarna was the only one who knew about Raavan's inner turmoil and did his earnest best to be there for his brother, both physically and emotionally. When Kumbhakarna realizes that Raavan has lost his moral compass, he does his utmost, through cash and kind, to cut down on Raavan's adharma and make additions to his dharma quota!

The story comes to an end when Raavan kidnaps Sita and is en route to Lanka in his pushpak vimaan along with Kumbhakarna. 

The fourth story in the series will be the grand finale bringing the stories of all the three principal characters together!

I have purposely not written much about the story as I did not want to reveal the suspense here and spoil it for all you wonderful readers out there.

If you have enjoyed the Shiva series and have in fact read the previous two books of the Ram Chandra series, there is absolutely no way that you can stop yourself from reading this book. This is a fantastic story, although slightly boring in some parts, but one that you will want to finish in a single sitting!

Amish has written in the Introduction of the book that he had changed the title of the book from Raavan: Orphan of Aryavarta to Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta as he felt that Raavan alienated himself from his motherland through his own actions. I am not in full agreement here. Yes, Raavan did distance himself from his motherland owing to his wrongdoings, but one should also consider the reason behind his hatred and anger. I am not justifying Raavan or his behavior but I do feel that he does deserve a benefit of the doubt!

Till next time happy reading and please do leave your comments to connect with me on this book!