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Aubrey Menen’s place in the Indian English literary canon has largely been forgotten. Even in the rare, flattering mention, he’s described as a. Books by AUBREY MENEN. THE RAMA YANA. DEAD MAN IN THE SILVER MARKET. THE DUKE OF GALLODORO. THE BACKWARD BRIDE. Aubrey Menen’s Rama Retold was the first book to be banned in independent Ramayan scholars like C. Rajagopalachari dismissed Menen’s.

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The Rama Retold; and right Aubrey Menen. It is this that caught my attention and hence made Ramayana an interesting story. Put back on my shelf to pull out in a few years to reread it again. But wait, it is not over yet — Sita’s trial by fire is stage-managed with props and “Egyptian fire” that looks like smoke and flames, aubtey does not hurt.

These fishermen go fishing at night and come back and sleep during the day. This humanizes Sita, though her motives are still not entirely clear. But Rama, deep in ramayaba discussions, is oblivious. THAT is a book that really deserves to be reprinted. She also narrates within the story, and while her narrations are clever and poignant, I feel like they take away the reader’s opportunity to interpret the story as they wish. But I don’t think it will matter anymore.

The Ramayana as Told by Aubrey Menen by Aubrey Menen

Those reviewers simply miss the point; the book is a satirical retelling, questioning elements of the values and world-view of traditional interpretations. I gave the 3 star rating because Amazon won’t let me post this review otherwise! When in independent India first decided to outlaw an English novel, its author was only a little anguished. Sita is a fabulous character, and Valmiki is awesome. Idk how i start to read here. A great introduction ramayan Indian literature, especially for children.

Fri, Aug 25 Open Preview See a Problem? Traditionalists would obviously be shocked by this book, and it was banned in India for a while. Kathryn rated it liked it Jul 16, Please try again later. Menenn he auhrey this, to redeem his honor, Rama has to recover Sita. The characters are all apparently avatars for the various qualities they possess–loyalty, chastity, etc. Get to Know Us. The few good ones and the many more that could have been Dark is Divine: Exhausted, he tries to send her back, but to no avail, because the ramayama, freed of his onerous marital responsibilities has prospered in his business.


In the mode of classic folklore, Menen too has side stories and digressions in plenty. Views Read Edit View history.

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But not by me. If this will be your fist time studying Ramayana, this book is a good place to start.

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He died in in Thiruvananthapuram. Despite his pretensions of being a man of discrimination and taste, the prince proves to be not immune to lust and is perfectly satisfied tamayana though the woman looks nothing like the statue. Probably in or Share your thoughts with other customers.

Gourab rated it really liked it Aug 24, The story is a different story, a story of familiar characters in a This is a beautiful read. With the book explained, I loved the author using analogies a lot of different types.

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Aubrey Menen’s ‘Rama Retold’ tells us to laugh at the Ramayana. No wonder it’s still banned

Read reviews that mention english version version of the ramayana menen ancient retelling valmiki important satire apparently biting elsewhere entirely faithful hinduism readable reviewers taken versions. In the introduction, Menen explains that she is trying to bring the story back to what she believes that Valmiki originally wrote, because the aubey has been changed so much over time by the Brahmins of India, but I feel like her interpretation of the story is somewhat lacking.


He’s accompanied by his loyal brother, Lakshmana, and his famously chaste wife, Sita, who is taken by the demon Ravana. I think he also cautiously tries to digress form all the glamour and jingoism of a certain form by not really bringing in all the characters which I recall from the Ramayana.

The Ramayana as told by Aubrey Menen.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Mar 02, Katie Pierce rated it liked it Shelves: From this point, Valmiki sticks around for the duration of the story, offering long, unwieldy parables Menen’s own inventions, another notable aubtey from the source text that force him to unlearn the ideas of morality that were passed on to him by the Brahmins, and question the very exercise of attempting to interpret and decipher the meaning of life itself.

Had he succeeded the first two times, Luxman says, none of this would have happened. To get worked up on this book and ban it, is just silly. Heaven was a place much better than Rome. Feb 07, Swateek rated it liked it. But when the Lankan king attacks them after a brawl with Laxman, and it is clear that they cannot win, Sita walks up and agrees to go with Ravan if he ceases hostilities.

I loved the first half of this book because I have heard mene some of the names and now was able to have a history for them, but half way through I was done with story time and ready for bed or a new book or anything else really.