Saturday, 7 March 2015

Book Review “Shattered Dreams”, the Book 2 of Ramayana – by Shubha Vilas


Blogadda wrote saying I was selected  for reviewing "Shattered Dreams by Shubha Vilas. 

Here is what I think...

 Overall the book makes thought provoking reading. The flow of the narrative and the revelation of human emotions behind the familiar scenes make it a page turner. Indeed, the mind does get hooked, when you realize that gods, demigods and godly humans exhibit emotions similar to the emotions of the common man and that they also exhibit similar anxieties. It is a learning experience as to how these heavenly beings handle their emotions and cope with adversities in life.

The author has put footnotes about the lessons at relevant points in the book. Though the flow of the narrative does get affected due to these footnotes, a student of management or psychology can use these “interruptions to reflect, ruminate and digest the lessons. In addition, one is tempted to anticipate such footnotes in the scenes ahead.

 One has always had logical doubts about various scenes like
  • How a loving wife and mother like Keikeyi can turn a villain overnight
  • Why Rama who is god incarnate, cannot correct his father when he erred in decision making
  • Why Urmila does not insist on following Sita’s lead of accompanying her husband to the forest
  • Why Ravana who was a learned Brahmin turns into a vicious demon


All these doubts are debated by various characters and a logical; explanation is provided in the book. The debate of Jabali and Rama is another instance of such a debate.
To a student of Management the five concepts explained by Rama to Bharata are invaluable:
  1. Respect Management
  2. Decision Management
  3. Reputation Management
  4. Team Management
  5. Character Management

 These concepts are further clarified in various points and then one begins to realize as to how these can be put to use in one’s own profession as a manager, leader, politician or administrator. For a teacher too these points are a starting point for a complete presentation on Management principles.

There are certain questions that do linger in one’s mind at the end of reading the book:
  • What happens to Manthara after Shatrughna releases her on Bharata’s instructions
  • Why do gods and seers always insist on testing and retesting people; don’t they have “trust’ in the persons they are testing? Can they not read a person’s mind?
  • Can gods also be a victim of human emotions like jealousy, vanity and lust?
  • Before going to meet Dasaratha and Keikeyi, Rama and Sita have a symbolic exchange of messages through the exchange of a flowery garland and an imaginary garland. This indicates that they know that the time has come for them to proceed on the journey to fulfill the purpose of their birth on earth. Yet Rama insists on testing Sita about whether she would like to follow him to the forest.

In spite of the doubts that linger, the book does provide a thought provoking explanations to most scenes and also lessons in coping with adversities in life as well as lessons in the Principles of Management as well as Dharma; which are as relevant today.

My recommendation read the book, you will enjoy it!

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