Prince of Ayodhya (Book One of the Ramayana) [Ashok K. Banker] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. THIS IS BRAND NEW BOOK. Ashok Kumar Banker is an author and screenwriter. His writing spans crime thrillers, essays, .. Prince of Ayodhya (); Siege of Mithila (); Demons of Chitrakut (); Armies of Hanuman (); Bridge of Rama (); King of. The original Ramayana was written in Sanskrit by a reformed thief-turned-sage named Valmiki, possibly as long ago as 2, B.C. Now, with breathtaking.

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Rama ayodgya not my favorite historical character, but I loved the flavor of his character in this book. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize there was a Sanskrit glossary in the back of the book until after I finished reading it. The story itself may be a great tale, but, if so, Banker isn’t the one to tell it.

Jul 02, One rated it really liked it. The storytelling, however is quite gripping. The dramatization of the events are invigorating some of them were good to note — as you will read ahead — and not like the Ramanand S Please go through my review written on my blog: However, there is a lot lurking behind the scenes. It is the basis of much of Indian mythology, theology, poetry and art. A basic fantasy novel about a young boy with special powers killing monsters with the help of a magician, except instead of battling ogres and dragons, the supernatural creatures in this book are based on Hindu mythology.


I am now reading the 4th installment in the series. Hats off to Mr Banker for pulling this off much before Mythological Fiction was popularised by the currently ruling writers.

Teenagers and adults will eat it up like it is an amazing fantasy novel! At this crucial juncture, the Brahmarishi Vishwamitra wants to take the potent Rama Chandra away from his kingdom.

You’d think there wouldn’t be much real conflict, or suspense. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ashok Banker.

Prince of Ayodhya (Ramayana, #1) by Ashok K. Banker

The book does a really good job presenting some of the myths of India. The signs are ominous.

Some scenes are brought out very well, some scenes felt over the top. The book didn’t feel original.

Ashok Banker

He is still adjusting to the life of a prince, after the years spent amidst nature. It’s a ripping good yarn, though Banker lacks Tolkien’s knack for varying bankwr to avoid monotony.

So if you are curious, you have to read the next book.

He is credited as having introduced Indian ayorhya to a new generation of readers with works that have been described as “better written than many books in the genre that followed”, “well paced” and “breathes humanity into characters that most Indians consider deities. One might just as well say is a very late version of a Ramayana-type story.

Jyoti’s Pages: Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok K. Banker

I know little of Indian mythology plenty about the food though and I found it astonishing how many themes in this ancient ayodhja cycle were similar to Greek, Roman, Persian, Norse or Celtic mythology. But it is content of this story which make me feel that it is fiction and not a story of a real man. Oct 12, Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore rated it liked it. These and some more incidents, leaves one with prinve feeling that something is about to happen. He speaks positively of the practice of Sati, where a woman commits suicide upon her husband’s funeral pyre.


But it turns out, that she was a bitchy and conniving queen, hell bent on creating trouble for anyone coming between her and Dasaratha and her political aims. But, to my sheer delight after a couple of months, I received the book. But nothing more scary than that.

Random House Academic Resources website. See the full review here http: The plot is gripping, the narration never falters, the subtle details of Dharma and Adharma will keep you engrossed till the end.

That is not how I imagine them to be and certainly not how Tulsidas and the other authorities know them to be. He speaks positively of the pract A basic fantasy novel about a young boy with special powers killing monsters with the help of a magician, except instead of battling ogres and dragons, the supernatural creatures in this book are based on Hindu mythology.

Now, with breathtaking imagination, Indian novelist Ashok K.

Kaikeyi is yet another character to watch out for. I like to read different versions of the same things, in different scriptures.