Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions.

Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national bestseller, Rise of the Sun Prince, in the new spiritual and motivational series Ramayana – The Game of Life. Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodhya since the weddingof Rama and Sita at the end of Book 1.Now, in Shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama’s exile. Through tales of Rama’s unwavering and enigmatic persona, the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively; through Bharata’s actions, it teaches us to handle temptation; and through Sita’s courage, to explore beyond our comfort zone. This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail.With Valmiki’s Ramayana as its guiding light, Shattered Dreams deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitramanas, as well as folk philosophy from the Loka Pramana tales, to demonstrate how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. Experience the ancient saga of the Ramayana like never before.

The story begins with Dasaratha being breathless. He was fleeing from this dark, menacing monster. He was fighting with two monsters. The story ends with Rama, Sita and Lakshmana headed towards Dandakaranya jungles. The story is all about Rama coronation. The author has also paid emphasis on six Anarthas to conquer. Dasaratha decides to make the king as he himself wanted to get retires and now he wishes his son Rama get marries to earth as he his already married to Sita. With the news that Rama would be the next king of Ayodhya, the whole crowd was happy. All the people were celebrating this news. Where there was celebration on one side there was introduction of Ravana on another side.  Ravana had already received twin boons from Brahma but he was blessed with Lord Shiva blessings. Shiva gave him a divine sword named Chandrahasa but with a warning. In Ayodhya, there was smile on each face listening to this news that Rama would be the next king but only one lady was unhappy i.e Manthara. She thought Keikeyi would be too jealous but surprisingly she was happy. Manthara won by convincing Keikeyi and explained her that Rama was her step son and Bharata was her rel son. At last, Keikeyi got convinced and she hoped that Rama would hand over the reign of kingdom to Bharata. Manthara gave ideas to Keikeyi ans she agreed and implemented them. The author has so beautifully expressed each characters, emotions and places. For all age group RAMAYANA THE GAME OF LIFE will be readable. Once started reading, you will only wish to close the book when it ends. We get to learn amny lessons from this book. The book has also mentioned about Learnings from the Volatile Behavior  Of Lakshmana and the composed behavior of Rama, Triple Virtues, how does one handle reversals in life, four gems and many more teaching points. One may find many books on Ramayana in market but this book is quite different with giving their readers many lessons of life. 

My rating for this book is : 3.5/5.
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