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An epic feast for children

india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 18:43 IST
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The Ramayana
Author: Bulbul Sharma
Publisher: Penguin Books
Imprint: Puffin
Price: Rs 75
ISBN: 0143330314

The popular classic in which good vanquishes evil, now in a pocket-friendly version for children

The Ramayana is one of the best-known epics in the world—the tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, who exiles himself to the forest for fourteen years to honour his father’s word.

In the forest, Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana meet new friends and unusual foes, and each day brings new adventures.

But Ravana of Lanka, the king of demons, ruins it all by abducting Sita. To rescue her, Rama enlists the help of Hanuman and his monkey army. In the final battle many heroes die and new ones are born.

In this fast-moving version for children, the ancient tale takes on new life. The traditional ingredients are all there— drama and excitement, gods and princes, love and war, infinite stories within stories, monkeys who cross oceans and carry mountains, shape-changing demons and bizarre monsters— but described with freshness and vitality.

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