Book Mine: Ramayana For Young Readers

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Hachette India, Oct 25, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages

All is well in the prosperous and orderly kingdom of Ayodhya until the greedy Queen Kaikeyi tricks King Dashratha into sending his beloved eldest son and heir apparent, Rama, into exile for fourteen years. The noble prince, accompanied by his brother Lakshmana and wife Sita, leaves for the forests. When Sita is abducted by Ravana, the demon-king of Lanka, it triggers off a series of events starting with the search for her and culminating in the cataclysmic battle between Rama and Ravana. What unfolds in between is a remarkable tale of divine reincarnations, fierce demons, powerful kings, magical weapons and amazing creatures – all woven into the extraordinary and keystone Indian epic of good and evil, love and enmity, boons and curses, hardship and destiny.

These retelling of the Ramayana, written especially for young readers by the inimitable Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, and checked and proofed originally by none other than Rabindranath Tagore, has been translated for the first time into English by leading children’s writer and translator, Swapna Dutta.

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About the author (2013)

Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury (1863-1915) was a famous Bengali writer, painter, violinist, composer, technologist and entrepreneur. He was born on 12 May 1863 in a little village called Moshua in Mymensingh District in Bengal, now in Bangladesh. He spent most of his adult life in Calcutta (Kolkata), where he died on 20 December 1915. He was the father of the well-known writer, Sukumar Ray, and grandfather of the renowned film-maker, Satyajit Ray. Among his important works are ‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’, ‘Tuntunir Boi’ and the young-reader versions of two epics: ‘Chheleder Ramayan’ and ‘Chheleder Mahabharat’.

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