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The Book of Ram

The Book of Ram

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Contributor(s) Devdutt Pattanaik
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Overview: The Book of Ram

The Book Of Ram by Devdutta Patnaik is the retelling of the Ramayana through a fresh perspective. The authour considers many life instances and teachings of Lord Ram and revisits the epic tale of Ramayana. He treats the readers with some celebrated and some lesser known characteristics of Lord Ram.


The book is written in an easy to understand style, where Lord Ram's character is brought to life using the various episodes of the Ramayana. Apart from simple storytelling, the author makes an effort to decode the nuances of each episode and presents a clear picture without bias.

An ideal book for someone who is partially familiar with the ballad of Ramayana and Ram's life but wants a deeper, more meaningful insight into it, this book is fit to adorn any library or personal collection.

About the Author

Devdutta Patnaik is basically a Physician who turned towards mythology and writing and is the proud author of popular titles like The Pregnant King, Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata.

Shop online for the Book Of Ram using ISBN 10 number - 0143419900 and ISBN 13 number - 978-0143419907.

Product Details
Language English
Publication Date October 23, 2012
Publisher Penguin India
Contributor(s) Devdutt Pattanaik
Binding Mass Market Paperback
Page Count 224
ISBN 10 0143419900
ISBN 13 9780143419907
Dimensions and Weight
Product Dimensions 11.6 cm x 1.4 cm x 17.9 cm
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     Ram Remains Serene In His Majesty 9 August, 2013 On
    Book Review: The Book of Ram by Devdutt bose Pattanaik

    The Book of Ram by Devdutt bose Pattanaik: ~~~Ram~remains~serene~in~ his~majesty~~~

    Author: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

    Author, his passions, his career and his versatility: Dr Devdutt Pattanaik (b.1970) is a multi-faceted personality mastering different streams of life. After passing out his MBBS from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, he spent 14 years working in the Pharma and Healthcare companies such as SIRO and Apollo. After that he started afresh as a marketing consultant and got associated with prestigious organizations like Sanofi Aventis and Ernst & Young. He is also a mythologist by passion. He topped the Mumbai University course in Comparative Mythology and lectures extensively on the relevance of sacred symbols, rituals and stories and their significance in modern times. His articles appear regularly in First City magazine (Delhi) and Times of India (Mumbai). He lives in Mumbai. His passion always being mythology drove him to writing and lecturing extensively on relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times. And it is in this capacity that he has joined Future Group as Chief Belief Officer where his role is to help construct the culture of the entire organization. He regularly writes in Economic Times (Corporate Dossier), Times of India (Mumbai), Hindustan Times, First City Magazine and Sunday Midday. His books have been published by VFS, Haworth, Inner Traditions, Indus Source, Penguin India and EastWest Publications displaying his command over writing superbly. Few of his books include: Shiva – an introduction (VFS, India), Vishnu – an introduction (VFS, India), Devi – an introduction (VFS, India), Hanuman – an introduction (VFS, India), Lakshmi – an introduction (VFS, India), Goddesses in India – five faces of the eternal feminine (Inner Traditions, USA), Indian Mythology – Stories, symbols and rituals from the heart of the subcontinent (Inner Traditions, USA), Man who was a woman and other queer tales from Hindu lore (Haworth Publications, USA), Shiva to Shankara – decoding the phallic symbol (Indus Source, India), Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (Penguin, India), The Pregnant King (Penguin, India – this was his first work of fiction), and The Book of Kali (Penguin, India - based on his talks).

    The Book: In this book, Dr Devdutt explores the eleven different iconic symbols of Lord Ram presenting relevance of Ram in modern times by examining him in his various roles: as Dashrath’s son, Lakshman’s brother, Vishwamitra’s student, Sita’s husband, Ravan’s enemy, Hanuman’s master, Ayodhya’s king, Vishnu’s incarnation, Valmiki’s inspiration, the Ramayan’s protagonist and Hindutva’s icon. The book tells about various perspectives of Lord Rama as Eka-vachani – the king who keeps his words – always, Eka-bani – an archer who strikes his target perfectly with the first arrow, Eka-patni – a husband who is eternally devoted to his single wife. All his aspects show him as ‘maryada purushottam’ who is perfectly able to balance his life with social values, his Raghu vansh, and the solar dynasty. He is known to be the 7th avatar of Vishnu. Ram word brings peace and harmony in life.

    My views: The author doesn’t want to preach via this book. This is a well researched book, which can be kept in one’s personal library, and can be read time and again, whenever a person wants some peace or solacement. This is a though provoking book, with each angle of Ram being reflected clearly that can be carved upon in one’s life. This book answers to many whys and hows, those were unanswered till now. In each man on this earth, there is a part of Ram and Ravan each with varying percentage. Similarly in each woman there is Sita, Ahilya, Surupnakha and Mandodri. A man’s personality has been reflected by many icons – Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman, Angad, Bali, Sugriv, Jatayu, Dashrath, Bharat, Shatrughan, Ravan, Vibhishan etc. similarly woman’s face has been reflected in many icons – Sita, Mandodri, Ahilya, Surupnakha, Mandodri etc. Logically, in today’s world, it is your karmas, or what you do in your actual life, that defines what icon a woman is, and what icon a man is.

    The book is a must read, for all ages, all genders. It is short, crisp and with a precision.
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