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The Ramayana: A Modern Translation

Ramesh Menon (Author)
Synopsis The Ramayana is certainly one of the world’s oldest legends. Modern scholars claim that it was first composed around 300 BC The devout Hindu believes that Rama lived many hundred millennia ago, in the Treta Yuga, and that was also when Valmiki first told his immortal story. The epic is called the Adi Kavya, the world’s first poem. The God Brahma himself is meant to have inspired Valmiki to create his classic, in twenty-four thousand slokas. The sages of India have always said that the true purpose of the Ramayana is to awaken its reader spiritually, and to send him forth on the great journey that leads to moksha, to God. These masters of old held that listening to the Ramayana washes one’s sins and purifies the body and the mind. They also believed that hearing or reading the epic with faith will give a man anything at all that his heart desires. Besides, the legend is a literary masterpiece in every sense, full of enchantment, mystery and wisdom. Hardly a handful of books in any language, from any age or part of the world, can be compared to it. The epic came through the mists of time in the ancient oral tradition of Guru and Sishya, before it was first written down. Along the way, surely numberless variations and embellishments were introduced into it by a host of now forgotten Rishis, Pauranikas, and even grandmothers telling Rama’s story to their grandchildren—in so many different languages and folk traditions. There is also a comparatively recent tradition of retelling the Ramayana in English, to which this volume belongs. Though he takes no liberties with the story, Ramesh Menon’s Ramayana is a novelist’s lush, imaginative rendering the epic, rather than a scholar’s translation. Yet, even if the language he uses is modern and exciting, his book remains, first and last, a work of worship, of bhakti. As he wrote and rewrote it for ten years, this was his offering to Rama.
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About the author

Ramesh Menon

Ramesh Menon was born in 1951 in new Delhi. He attended St Columba’s and St Xavier’s High Schools, and St. Stephen’s College. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Hong Kong, Bangalore and Jakarta, and now lives in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. He is the author of two previous books – Blue God: A Life of Krishna and The Hunt for K, a novel.

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Title The Ramayana: A Modern Translation
Author Ramesh Menon
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817223449X
length xviii+887p., Glossary; Bibliography; 24cm.