In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and trickery, the praise, the slander and above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of exiled royals.Stolen Hopeis about extreme deception and extreme love. It is about arrogant power and deep devotion. With every twist and turn, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana find themselves robbed of whatever and whoever they valued the most.Exploring the dynamics of human relations – between father and son, husband and wife, teacher and disciple –and the complex game of power and greed,Stolen Hopemirrors our own dilemmas in the modern world and teaches us how we must overcome them.Seek courage when everything, including hope, is stolen.


Shubha Vilas is a spiritual seeker, motivational speaker and author of ‘Ramayana – The Game Of Life’ a 6 book series and India’s first self help book based on the story of Ramayana.



Reading and reviewing a book is completely my own choice. I hardly pick up any mythological book but I never miss to pick up Ramayana-The Game Of Life by Shubha Vilas. I have read part one and part two of this book. So, my interest level rises up knowing about the third book of this series. I am actually  waiting for the other books of this series. If talking about the cover, the cover is very well beautifully designed. This book all around  starts with  Rama along with his wife and his brother, Sits and Laxman respectively moving to Panchavati from Dandakaranya forest. They lived there for two long years. Meanwhile, in that time Surpanaka see them and she want to marry Rama. After a while, she want and decided to marry Rama younger brother Lakshmana and finally her nose get chopped off. Surpanaka decides to take revenge and comes with her brother and army. The army looses before Rama. The book all over revolves around the forest time when Rama, Lakshmana and Sita lived there. A person would not get even a little bored while reading this book. The book even shows the part of Rama running behind the deer Maricha and on the other hand, Sita is taken away by a beggar. The author shows the part of Lord Rama’s life when he was sent away for fourteen long years from Ayodhaya by his father King Dasaratha. Rama, Lakshmana and Sita were warmly welcomed  by everyone where ever they
go. Each place was a lesson to their life. The language of the book was quite simple and easy to understand. I liked the box part of the book. That part gives so much knowledge. Apart from that, if one does  not understand  any meaning of the word, one need not to worry, the author has given foot notes below on the page. The book teaches us many lessons. Even if  a person has not read the first two parts of this series it won’t  be difficult to understand. The author has very well summarized both the earlier books on the starting pages. By reading them, one can easily  get overview  of those book. The author has brilliantly narrated  the book and the book was really too much engrossing. One will not love to put the book down  before ending this book. This book end with Lord Rams meeting with Shabari in Matanga Rishi’s ashram who waited for Rams for many years.She further guides them with a map to reach Sugriva. This book will inspire you. This book is a must read for everyone no matter which age group a person belongs too, as it will teach us many lessons. Among many lessons, I would like to share one of them, ” Every word from the mouth of great soul is the truth or becomes the truth eventually.  And naturally,  the most important ingredient needed to realize the words of such great soul is patience. “

Rating : 5/5

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