Book Title: Ram Chandra Series
Author: Amish Tripathi
No. of books in the series: 3 published + 2 upcoming
Publisher: Westland Books
Genre: Mythological Fiction
Do I recommend it? Sure!
First of all, I would recommend you to read these books in order. Like it is meant to be read. You know, Book 1, then Book 2, and then Book 3.
I’m just telling you this because contrary to what I’ve been told, these are NOT standalone books. Nope. Not at all. Nada.
Consider these books to be three parts of a giant puzzle. Without one part, it’s just incomplete. Some parts might just not make sense.
From the titles of the books, you already know that each of these books is majorly about the titular characters. Amish Tripathi has further explained in his ‘Note on the Narrative Structure’ that this series is written using a technique called hyperlink which is also referred to as a multilinear narrative.
Amish picks up the point of conflict in the well-known epic and embarks on his narrative from that point. And I love how every book ends back at that same point. It gave each of these books a well-rounded structure.
What I love about Amish Tripathi’s writing is that it shows how much research he has done to bring his perspective out to us readers. His way of storytelling has a charm that captivates me. He fills up the loopholes in the stories that we heard as children and ties the loose ends pretty effectively.
However, the first book of this series (Scion of Ikshvaku) failed to impress me the way The Shiva Trilogy did. His writing somewhat seemed off in this book and the charm was lost. The characterization was done well but again, I was not impressed by Ram (as a person), however, after further mulling over my thoughts, I realized that his character building was so subtle that you might just miss out on the whole point of being Ram.
The other thing that made me cringe while reading Ram: Scion of Ikshvaku were the dialogues. It is known that this story is based around 5500 years back in our history. And yet, the characters talked like we do in modern days. So, I was pretty bummed that the dialogues seemed era-inappropriate.
Sita, the second book, was way better and that charm which was absent, was found in the pages of this book again. There are a few surprises in this book and some scenes are absolute tear-jerkers. (Wanted to mention a few of them here but it might spoil your reading experience)
Also, Sita has been provided with a personality that I’ve never come across before. I totally loved it. Brilliant characterization and beautiful imagery had me mesmerized.
The third book, Raavan, swept me off my feet. Amish’s brilliant writing was on every page of this book and I was totally awestruck by the characterization of Raavan as well as Kumbhakarna. I simply have no words to explain how great I feel to have read this book. I would only like to say that if you decide to pick this one up, it won’t disappoint you.
But do remember to read the previous books before you read this one. At the end of this book, all the dissatisfactions I felt while reading Ram were soothed.
The best part of these books is the portrayal of the relationship between the siblings. It touched all of my heartstrings. The relationships have been portrayed so wonderfully that these godly figures became human to me.
Now, I’m even more excited to read the upcoming books of the series! Yes, there will be two more books most probably. Hope they come out soon.
1. Do you read Mythological Fiction?
2. Which is your favourite?
3. Have you read any books by Amish Tripathi?