Author : Shubha Vilas
Published December 30th 2015 by Jaico Publishing House
ISBN 8184958242 (ISBN13: 9788184958249)
Edition Language English
Book Blurb : Stolen Hope
In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and the trickery, the praise and the slander and, above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of the Exiled Royals.
Stolen Hope is about extreme deception and extreme love. It is about arrogant power and deep devotion. With every twist and turn, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana find themselves robbed of whatever and whoever they value most.
Exploring the dynamics of human relations – between father and son, husband and wife, teacher and disciple – and the complex game of power and greed, Stolen Hope mirrors our own dilemmas in the modern world and teaches us how we must overcome them.
Seek courage when everything, including hope, is stolen.
Book Review :
Stolen Hope is a beautifully engrossing narrative of that episode in Rama’s story where his luck and hope is taken away from him. The narration is clear and employs simple language.
The story starts where Rama, Sita and Lakshmana relocate to the forest Dandakaranya. Amidst their life filled with day to day adventures. they have a face to face with Surpanakha, who falls in love with Rama even when she was aware of Sita being his wife. The cover of the book will pique curiosity as it features neither Rama nor Sita, but the reason for it is revealed towards the end of the book and we know why there cannot be a better cover for the book Stolen Hope.
The book is the third in the series of books retelling Ramayana, but it can be read as a stand alone book too. Despite it being a book that deals with the Holy and the Divine, it does not preach. The story is narrated just like any other, however there are detailed footnotes for those who would want to delve deeper into the philosophical.
I was given a copy of the book Stolen Hope along with a lovely note by the author Shubha Vilas, to review. This however has not influenced my review and posted here is my honest unbiased opinion of the book.