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The Ram-Chandra Series: A work of great mythological fiction.

The Ram Chandra Series

Hey guys! Over the last week, I read the Ram Chandra series, written by Amish. I have been pestered by some of my friends and my mother to try reading Amish and so I decided to give it a go. I found it to be rather exceptional, especially because of its genre [Mythological fiction]. One does not come across a lot of books of the sort and Amish is the only one I know who writes such books. I was also pleasantly surprised as not many Indian authors are able to write so well [with all due respect to Indian authors].

The Ram Chandra Series consists of the following books as of now:
i. Ram- Scion of Ikshvaku
ii. Sita- Warrior of Mithila
iii. Raavan- Enemy of Aryavarta

The series consists of two more novels, one of which will be released next year. I honestly cannot wait to devour them both!

The three novels show the life of Ram, Sita and Raavan respectively, the leading protagonists in the epic- Ramayan. Amish has portrayed the characters fantastically. He has done a great job of capturing the essence of the characters, even though it differs from that of which in the real story.

The novels also show Sita as a true warrior and a strong headed person. She and her husband, Ram complete each other. In the epic, Sita is … well, not as strong as she is in the novel and that is one thing that I loved about the novels.

The novels also show Ram and Raavan in a different light. Don’t get me wrong, they are still the hero and villain respectively. But Ram is not exactly Dashrath’s favourite child and Raavan isn’t the villain you would think him to be. He does have a heart , at least in the beginning. He is shown to be molded into what he is because of the circumstances.

Another surprising thing about the novels is that they become better and better as you read on. The first book on Ram was mediocre and TBH a little boring, the one on Sita was good and the one on Raavan was magnificent! I loved the third book and finished it in a single day.

I personally thought that these three novels are like fanfiction of the Ramayan. Amish has just changed the circumstances, molded the characters slightly according to him but the basic story line remains the same. Ram still goes into Vanvas for fourteen years and Sita still gets abducted.

All the three books meet at the same juncture- the abduction of Sita. I cannot wait to read how Amish ends it all.

I would recommend it for everyone to read.

My Rating [of the entire series]: ⭐⭐⭐.75



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