Stand Strong by Shubha Vilas #BookReview

Stand Strong by Shubha Vilas #BookReview

Book Details:

Name:  Stand Strong, Author: Shubha Vilas

Genre: Mythology / Spiritual

Publisher: Jaico Books, 2017

Number of pages: 326

The book ‘Stand Strong’ is Book 4 of The Game of Life Series written by Shubha Vilas.  I had read the previous books and loved it.  And so was looking forward to read this.  The book is based on the Ramayana which is one of the ‘itihaasas’ for Hindus to understand the way of living.  Ramayana shows its character Ram as ‘Maryaada Purushottam’ that is the ideal man.  As the story is familiar,  I will not analyse further.  But,  it is a great story.  It is simple as compared to the Mahabharat with its multitudes of characters, yet has deep impact.

The story starts where book 3 has ended with the appearance of Vanaras or monkeys.  In this book, Hanuman finds Ram and Lakshman in the forests searching for Sita who has been abducted by Ravana.  Hanuman is currently serving Sugriva who is the Sun God’s son.  Well,  the book tells us the convoluted way in which the Sun God got Hanuman to serve Sugriva.  As Guru dakshina,  the Sun God asked Hanuman to serve and protect his son Sugriva from his brother Vali, till he meets Ram.  Sugriva is hiding from his brother Vali in the Rishikesh mountain where Vali is not allowed to set foot due to a curse.  Well,  the curse came about because… but that is another story.   Continue reading

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How do you select a quote from a book filled with quotable quotes and life lessons?  But then, it is no ordinary book.  It is one of the two Itihaasas that a Hindu has to be familiar with to understand life.  It is the ‘Ramayana – The Game of Life Series’.  I am currently reading Book 4 of the series called ‘Stand Strong’ by Shubha Vilas.

‘Rituals are like ornaments that decorate the body of dharma.  Following the rituals sincerely but forgetting dharma is like foolishly attempting to hang ornaments in thin air. ‘

The book is ancient text,  but the wisdom is definitely 21st century.