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- Enemy of Aryavarta
- Written by: Amish Tripathi
- Narrated by: Sagar Arya
- Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
India, 3400 BCE. A land in tumult, poverty and chaos. Most people suffer quietly. A few rebel. Some fight for a better world. Some for themselves. Some don’t give a damn. Raavan. Fathered by one of the most illustrious sages of the time. Blessed by the Gods with talents beyond all. Cursed by fate to be tested to the extremes. A formidable teenage pirate, he is filled with equal parts courage, cruelty and fearsome resolve. A resolve to be a giant among men, to conquer, plunder and seize the greatness that he thinks is his right.
truely great ending. 1st part was boring though.
- By Satyajit Saha on 12-10-19
not disappointed, not satisfied
Raavan should have told the story of the most feared villian in Indian mythology, but it just seems to set the stage for the next part of story and fill in missing links. Amish has managed to deftly work into the story the role of the kanyakumari as Raavan's muse and love interest, and hence paves way for a woman to be the downfall of him as is said in many traditional versions of the Ramayana. But a reader who picks up the book with so many expectations after getting to know the awe inspiring warrior of Mithila, will be slightly disappointed to learn that the story of the legendary Raavan, his ten heads and twenty hands is not that fantastical. The character of Kumbhakaran on the other hand has been given more opportunities to showcase his thoughts, his self, and we feel we know Kumbha as much as we know Raavan, or maybe we didn't get to know Raavan as much as we should have. Nevertheless the book is still worth a read for it has memorable events portraying the military proficiency of Raavan, his love for Kumbha, the powerful aura of Vedavati influencing Raavan to live a life of Dharma, his pain , his anger, his hatred for aryavarta and his human side, his feelings.
Until the fourth installment - Jai Shri Rudra!