The Game of Life – Rise of Sun Prince. I can’t draw the comparison with his ‘Rise
of Sun Prince’, since I have not read that, but I found this book to be unique in
its own way. Ramayana is an age-old epic and we are no strangers to the story.
Although mythological tales have been reiterated many times, this book links
the stories very deeply with the philosophies of life. As the title of the book
says, indeed it talks about ‘Game of Life’. A very interesting read which
explores the epic’s various dimensions, basically revolves around the incidents
leading to Rama’s exile, Lakhsmana / Sita deciding to join Rama, Dashratha’s
death and Bharata’s humility and his persuading Rama to come back.
within a span of seven days, since it needed an in-depth reading. I felt like going
back and re-reading it again. I also wanted to just sit back and ponder upon
the beautiful concepts / philosophies of life mentioned in the footnotes. I
wanted to look within myself and focus on my insights as a reader. Simple yet
powerful leadership sutras are also mentioned in the footnotes. Rather, almost every
paragraph of the book talks about a concept. Various chapters are titled in a
very interesting manner which raises curiosity to understand how the chapter
justifies the titles. An excellent effort to revisit the epic with an in-depth
Between his delusions and his consciousness, Dasaratha realizes that he is in
fact fighting two monsters – the monster within and the monster outside. Which
of the two monsters was Dasaratha fleeing from? Dasaratha desperately wants to
change his and Ayodhya’s ordained destiny. Dasaratha’s moonbeam is none other
the narration beautiful is the sub plots and stories of characters apart from
Rama and Sita weaved with the larger context. It is also interesting to
understand, how Nemi became Dasaratha and how Dasagriva (Ravana) was born with
the attributes of both races – Rakshasas (asuras) as well as that of Brahmanas.
are also discussed in detail, be it Dasagriva’s rivalry with his half-brother Kubera,
the flying tyrant – Pushpak Vimana, the invincible father-son duo
Ravana-Meghananda, Ravana’s journey to become Trilokeshwar, Manthara corrupting
Kaikeyi’s mind (detailed version), Rama meeting Trijata, the boatman Guha, Charioteer
Sumantra’s bidding adieu to Rama, the Hope March. Anasuya’s covert prediction
of future to Sita etc. The book explores
various relationships and its intricacies beautifully.
which I found so useful are:
- Six inner enemies
- Why do people who love each other suddenly realize that they
have nothing in common?
- How does one handle reversals in life?
- Can negative emotions be tools to display positive love?
- Confronting blame and praise
- The five tips on management, a good leader should adhere to
want to make a special mention of a few of them, which enticed me, and made me
fall in love with this book:
- Life is a combination of hope and despair, the one that
dominates you carves your personality.
- The easiest way to forget your limitations is to shift the focus
from self-absorption to active-facilitation.
- Every protector needs protection. Being constantly reminded of
such a need keeps the protector humble.
- The danger of anger is that it suddenly makes one a stranger to
- The pain is supremely acute when an unavoidable and uncontrollable
obstacle terminates an expectation that was very close to being met.
- The highest manifestation of gracefulness is gratefulness.
- The easiest way to evade truths was to shrug them off as
fantasies spun by fertile minds, rather fearful minds.
- Expressions of love may be illogical, but expressions of
expectations should be logical.
instances, concepts are connected just for the sake of it. Also, at one point,
when Sita calls Rama by his name, the footnote says: Sita was so hurt that she
addressed Rama by His own name. In traditional societies, women did not
directly call their husbands by their names. That Sita was hurt was evident
from that one utterance. She realized her mistake immediately and ensured that
she never repeated it again. Didn’t this footnote reflect male chauvinism or
non-acceptance of diversity? Too much description at times slows down the pace.
discussed are also not new. But yes, what makes this book a must-read is the
simplicity with which the plot has been presented and related with the Game of
Life. It turns out to be self-help book, a wonderful merger of spirituality
with way of life. The learnings can be easily comprehended and applied by
anyone, be it of any age, gender or walks of life. The book is packaged with an
attractive cover-page and easily readable fonts (with appropriate font size) in
dilemma and ends with a riddle.
book which would definitely entice you. Happy reading!!!
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