Price of Perfection


Amish Tripathi, the author of the bestselling Shiva trilogy, is out with his new book, Scion of Ikshvaku. An author who releases his book with a mind-blowing trailer has paved the way for a best-seller series

A kingdom of devas, a helpless king, three queens, four brothers, a crown prince, an enemy demon king… and an ideal society. This is a story most of us have heard many a times in our lives, in many a forms. It is a chronicle that has been worshipped and equally criticised. Its protagonist has been scrutinised by one and all; has been blamed and revered. He is a King, a Lord. He is Ram.

Scion of Ikshvaku is the first book of the Ram Chandra Series by Amish. This comes after the bestseller Shiva Trilogy. The book has gained the interest of many in no time. Firstly, because Amish with his fast-paced adventure Trilogy made a not-so-much-into-reading population of the country read each book of his and love it. His previous readers have waited for this book. Secondly, it is a story that most people know. And it always intrigues people to know what a bestselling author has to add to it.

As debated as the idea of Lord Ram’s ideal society may be; the book however lived up to the expectations of its readers. Ikshvaku, as most of us don’t know, is the founder of the Suryavansh Dynasty (Lord Ram’s dynasty). It is fastpaced, just like Amish’s previous books. The book effortlessly glues its readers to itself. It really becomes difficult to put the book down.

Amish, through Ramayana’s plot brought in light many of the ills of the current society. There is an at-length discussion of two forms of society, the masculine and the feminine. One can easily relate the ideologies to the current scenarios. Through his gripping skill of weaving a thrilling story with a delicate thread of mythical characters, Amish has wonderfully woven a sure bestseller. Narrations of recent incidents that stirred our nation of 1.2 billion, are mind-numbing. The narrative totally holds the reader. I got angry at the ills, blushed with Lakshman and smiled from ear-to-ear with the characters. The character of the maryada purushottam (the follower of laws; the perfect man), doesn’t fail to inspire.

Ram, the protagonist, is a follower of rules. He believes that it is only by following rules is one capable of establishing a perfect society. He is so adamant on following rules that people use the same rules against him. Even in dire need, Ram doesn’t waver from his laws. And his views are justified with such simplicity that one tends to totally agree with them. Amish however created a balance of views by introducing Ram’s brothers, who think laws restrict a society. Bharat, specifically, holds opposing views to that of his eldest brother. He believes in Freedom. Despite ideological differences, there is an amazing chemistry between the brothers. The respect, love and the friendliness between them makes ones heart smile. I especially liked the character of Lakshman.

Another achievement by the author is how mythology has been collaborated with the present practicality of the readers. Be it the daiviastra or Lord Raavan’s vehicle. It has all been justified in the current scenario, with nothing unbelievable about them. The narration of towns and cities are so vivid that you feel like a part of the population. Sita’s character is not that of a feeble and frail woman. She is the woman of a tougher make. And it is worth reading about.

The beauty of our hero, Ram, lies in his simplicity. His heroism is expressed subtly… through his respect for his people, his land, his wife, his teacher, his laws and his enemies. If one reads the book with the idea of finding similarities and differences with the Epic, it may get a little surprising. The book has broken stereotypes in every chapter so to speak. It would be unjust to write about how Amish has dealt with Lord Raavan. It is meant to be read.

They say, a film based on his books would be a delight. But the way this author writes, I felt like I was in the midst of a film, with the characters so brilliant and expressive; I fear if a film would be able to do justice with the simple words.

How the story unfolds in the next part is something I’m looking forward to. And I’m sure it would be worth the wait. Keep it simple and straight in life and business. Life will be far more sorted. And as the other block-buster ‘Bajrangi-Bhaijaan would say “Jai Shree Ram”