Zip-Zap-Zoom Read ........ !
After re-introducing Lord Shiva in Shiva Triology , Amish Tripathi has pen down the Scion Of Ikshvaku , Ist of instalment in Ram Chandra Series . As the book was exclusively available on Amazon , I Recieved my Pre-ordered Copy Yesterday and once I start reading , it kept me hooked till the very end . Truly Spell Bounding Ist Instalment as The Immortals of Meluha was from Shiva Trilogy was .
FRONT COVER ~
Front Cover which is beautifully designed . Front Cover secures the scene of a jungle with a man holding his bow , his elbow aligned with arrow ,straight in air pointing towards a conical machine . After Reading I Realise that the pic depicts of Ram pointing his weapon towards the flying machine called Pushpak Viman .
BACK COVER ~
Back Cover holds the a short gist of the inside story embedded over the background showing a flying machine stood stationary on ground surrounded by green gas .
"Ram Rajya. The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price. He paid that price.
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 fulfil the destiny of the Vishnu?
Begin an epic journey with Amish’s latest: the Ram Chandra Series. "
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Coming to inside view , First page holds a gist about author and a digital signature beneath it .One of the finest part of writing is that author has put List of Characters and Important Tribes in alphabetical order in the beginning itself .
The First chapter Rolled out with the Kidnapping of Sita but later details the way Characters reached on the actions that happened in chapter 1 . So As The Series called Ram Chandra Series , So the books are pen down on the life of Lord Rama, inspired by Ramayana . Like Shiva in Shiva Trilogy , Author has tried to revive Ram in this series as well .
As the name of first instalment of Series , Scion Of Ikshvaku , suggest , the plot revolves around Ram belongs to the Ikshvaku scion .
Story basically breaks after 1st chapter when Dashrath and his allies lost badly to Raavan , then Head of security of Trading Security Forces , with which he lost major wealth ,leaving Ayodhya weakend .With mere Coincidence , First Prince of Dashrath , Ram , was born on the same day and Dashrath believed that Ram's Birth was inauspicious . It was widely held that all the good deeds of Ram's Life would not succeed in washing away the 'taint of 7,032' , the year that Dashrath was defeated and Ram was born . Beside Ram , later three more Prince born from two other Wives of Dashrath . Ram , the eldest was born from Kaushalya , Bharat from Kaikeyi & Laxman and Shatrugan from Sumitra . Author had portrayed Ram as Idealistic , One who considered laws are meant to be followed and all are equal in front of law while Bharat was Practical and Real , who thinks freedom to citizens will lead to good living among citizens .Laxman is portrayed as the cutest character among all and loyal to Ram while Shatrugan is shown as the one who keep himself engaged in Books and always stand beside Bharat .
With Ram sticked to Laws , gets negative behaviour of Nobles but once backed from Gurukal , is associated as Chief of Police Force by Mynthra while Bharat was made Chief of Foreign relations . As the crime was on hike ,but as soon as Ram resume his duties , he led the rules inscribed on temples as many citizens aren't even aware of laws , which dips the crime rate to all time low and makes him popular among common folks .Author has also inked about the masculine & Feminine ways . And the Vayuputras Council is with Asuras while Rishi Vashista allies with Nagas and Maharishi Vishwanmitra is linked with Malyaputras .
Later on Request of Maharishi Vishwamitra , Dashrath send Ram & Laxman with him to protect his ashrams from asura attacks and while returning back to Ayodhya , Vishwamitra takes Ram to Swayambar of Sita which ended up with Ram as victorious and Wedded to Sita , Princess of Mithila . And events turns in manner that Ram knocks down Raavan from Asurashastra , a celestial weapon , whose usage cause a penalty of 14 year exile . While Ram sticked to law and self-imposed 14 year exile on himself and when went to Ayodhya to seek his father's permission prior leaving , Keykayi plays his game of activating two boons from Dashrath which includes sending Ram to 14 Years exile as per law and Declaring Bharat as Crown Prince . It was in the last year of exile when Sita was kidnapped .
Author has embedded the character of all four princes to show true love among all four brothers .
As wrote author has re-introduced Ram but with highlighting evils that are dwelling in our society .
With Roshni , Amish ignites the memories of Heinous 2013 Delhi Rape case . How cast system is a serious threat to our society . How anger is the root cause of self-destruction . With his writing , Author has also flagged the matter of Polygamy , Reveals the true meaning of Relationships by Ram's Thought about Marriage and His Wife . At some stances I'm found myself agreed with Bharat's Ideology but Favours Ram in all .
Scion Of Ikshvaku ended with Sita's kidnapping and Hanuman still on his way with other Parihans to meet Ram .
From all , I found most amazing is the hilarious Laxman , when he was kid who keeps lisping and is loyal to his elder brother Ram .
" ......it's more important to be right than to be first . "
" This soil is worth more than my life to me . I love my country . I love my India . I swear I will do what must be done . Give me courage , My Lord ."
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