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The Valmiki Ramayana

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THE ENDURING EPIC OF GOOD VERSUS EVIL, NOW IN ITS DEFINITIVE TRANSLATION The Valmiki Ramayana remains a living force in the lives of the Indian people. A timeless epic, it recounts the legend of Rama, the exiled prince of Ayodhya, and his battle to vanquish the demon king Ravana. Exiled on the eve of his coronation, Rama enters the forests of Dandaka with his beautiful wife, Sita, and devoted brother, Lakshmana. When Sita is abducted by Ravana, who takes her to his isolated kingdom on the far side of the southern ocean, the two brothers set out to rescue her. What follows is a heroic tale filled with intrigue and adventure, gods and demons, colossal battles and ancient wisdom. But the Ramayana is also an intensely personal story of love and loss, duty and honour, petty jealousies and destructive ambitions. In Bibek Debroy’s majestic new translation, the complete and unabridged text of the Critical Edition of this beloved epic can now be relished by a new generation of readers.

    BOOK, 512 pages
    Published 25-10-2017
  • Original Title : The Valmiki Ramayana
  • Genre : Social Science
  • ISBN : 9387326268 (ISBN13: 9789387326262)
  • Language : en
  • User assigned genres : Ramayana
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Nikhilesh rated it
December 03, 2019
The best English translation of the Ramayana. This book may not be able to capture the essence of the epic as truly as Sanskrit but this is the best you can get in English.. Might be difficult to read for readers of mythological fiction such as Amish but the amount of knowledge in this book is just amazing!! Jai shree Ram!
Samir Patil rated it
November 15, 2019
This book has motivated me to plan to read the original
Chandan Singh N rated it
July 11, 2019
Again a perspective of Ramayana from the authors point of view .
Mrigank Sharma rated it
March 13, 2019
it is a translation of Ramayana's critical edition, in this book, you will have a continuous flow of story, not the one shloka & translation pattern, which I found helpful, Bibek debroy has made minor mistakes regarding translation when he directly translates words like "Vrishabh" into "Bull", which is not correct as per Sanskrit grammar rules, where the word "Vrishabh" means best among all in the given context of shloka, apart from this translation is pretty much good, since it is a real Ramayana, it will burst a lot of hype about Rama and ot ... more
Ashish Iyer rated it
December 06, 2018
I always wanted to read Valmiki Ramayana. This is the one i got which is purely translated from Sanskrit. The translation is very well done and readable. Foot notes is really helpful in giving more context regarding the Sanskrit words, people, explaining various relationships within the story. This book is quite different and the language author has used is different too. You need patience to read this kinda book because its unabridged version. You should be careful when you pick translated version because most of author literally changed the m ... more


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