3400 BCE. INDIA
Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram.
He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he, against the darkness of chaos.
Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfill the destiny of the Vishnu?
For the first #FlashbackFriday post, I present to you ‘The Scion Of Ikshvaku’.
The pop culture – cum – mythology geek in me absolutely adores this story! Uh, an urban retelling of The Ramayana? Count me in!
For those of you who are unaware of the story, Ramayana is a holy scripture sacred to Hindus. It’s the story of Lord Rama, the eldest son of King Dashratha and all the sacrifices he makes for his people and his family. Lord Rama is believed to be an avatar of the mighty Lord Vishnu, who is the nurturer of the universe, according to Hindu Mythology.
Rama had always been the King’s favorite son and as the eldest, he held the rights to throne of Ayodhya. However, Kaikeyi, Rama’s step mother, wanted her son Bharata to rule. So, she asked the King to grant him the two wishes he had promised her when she had saved his life in the midst of a battle. She asks that her son be made King and that Rama be banished from the kingdom for fourteen years. Heeding to her demands, Dashratha follows through because he can’t go back on his word and Rama is banished from the kingdom. His brother, Lakshaman and his wife, Sita, accompany Rama on the journey. But, things go down south when Raavan, the demon king of the neighboring kingdom kidnaps Sita for his own. What follows is one of the most remembered wars in Hindu Mythology as Lord Rama and his army of monkeys takes down Raavan with his brother Lakshaman, his trusty sidekick Hanuman and Raavan’s brother Vibhishan who is tired of his brother’s reign of terror, at his side.
The Scion of Ikshvaku is a different take on this memorable story were things aren’t what they seem and Rama isn’t the favorite son anymore. If anything, he’s hated by everyone in the country.
This take on the Ramayana is new, fresh and absolutely well written. The lucid language, the phenomenal plot and the amazingly thought out characterization of this story are absolutely mind boggling. I adore all of Sir Amish’s writing and this isn’t different. The way he spins tales and makes them his own is something that will fascinate me for years to come. It is absolutely gorgeous to see his stories unfold. It’s like magic. Really.
This is something you should definitely read if you’re looking for an amazing and satisfying read.
Please note that The Scion of Ikshvaku is the first in series of The Ram Chandra Trilogy.
Nobility is about being noble, Maa. It’s about the way of the Arya. Its not about your birth, but how you conduct yourself. Being a noble is great responsibility, not a birthright.
Amish is an IIM (Kolkata) educated, boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions.
Amish has most recently written the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas & The Oath of the Vayuputras), which have sold over a million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. The books that he plans to write in the future are also in the areas of mythology & history.
Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife, Preeti and son, Neel.