Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Ashok Kumar Banker’s internationally acclaimed Ramayana Series® has been hailed by critics as a milestone (India Today). AKB eBOOKS is India’s first bestselling international ebookstore, offering exclusive digital downloads of prolific Indian English author Ashok K. Banker’s. The seeds of war have been planted and the world is on the brink of the greatest of all in Ashok Banker’s The Epic Mahabharata series, The Children.
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Bookworms will rule the world! Bridge of Rama Ramayana series. The first series fiction to find such success in Indian publishing, it has since been followed by numerous imitators, spawning the burgeoning mythology genre. In Malaysia, they have a completely different version of the Ramayana from our own. Just as we watch a Ram Leela and see the characters being played – Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Ravana, Hanuman, etc – not the actors wearing the masks, so also we retellers must remain behind the mask of culture, letting the greater story be seen and heard, not our own individual selves.
That is the greatest epic of all. But the greatest is one you haven’t mentioned at all: Who can count how many breaths one has taken? In my Ramayana Series, I was less proficient with Sanskrit and in any case, the original epic is too full of religious praises to read well as a ‘story’. I don’t believe they should be given any awards for writing.
There is both peril and pleasure involved in retelling an epic tale like the Mahabharata to an Indian audience. Returning to the roots of the great ancient tales that mahzbharata inspired countless mxhabharata and filmmakers, Banker sought to reclaim the original stories through a series of multi-volume retellings as well as original fiction and non-fiction.
If you compare the four versions of Ramayana written by these four writers: His refusal to identify himself as belonging to a caste, religion or community caused many conflicts during his childhood, since it was at odds with India’s traditional caste-based social structure.
Thank you for writing such masterful books. In response to increasing demand from his readers and the considerable delay by Indian publishers in embracing electronic publishing technologies, Banker began publishing and distributing ebook editions of his own work through his website and later through a dedicated ebookstore. This is a question that’s best answered by others rather than by me. I have tried to include the Lankan rakshasa point of view in my own Ramayana to some extent – although I had to make basic choices to avoid confusing the reader with too much variation.
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His translation is well written, competently edited and, based on what I could gather from my own miniscule research, very close to the original. Mauabharata, bestselling author and screenwriter, has sold over three million copies and been published in 21 languages in 61 countries.
It is also pretty much a Vyasa of sortsintroducing us to the mind of a man whose work continues to inspire and influence writers, management gurus, and military honchos around the world. Just finished book 6 of the Ramayana Series.
In conversation with author Ashok Banker – News18
It has been called “super-cool” The Bwnker”a milestone” India Today and “a magnificent labor of love” Outlook and appeared on most major recommended reading ashook during its publication. Yet today when we look back and refer to Valmiki Ramayana, it is regarded as ‘the’ Ramayana. He is credited as having introduced Indian mythology to a new generation of readers with works that have been described as “better written than many books in the genre that followed”, “well paced” and “breathes mahabharatx into characters that most Indians consider deities.
The son of an Iranian dissident fleeing the Shah regime stayed briefly with Banker’s grandmother in Byculla, exposing Banker further to radical Islamic thought and culture and making him even more determined to stay iconoclastic in his religious outlook.
In conversation with author Ashok Banker
That’s all I tried to do, very clumsily I bamker, but in all sincerity and with great passion. I’ll disagree with that – it’s Rama’s life which is the sensitive area, not Krishna’s. In my opinion, what I mean to say is that my retellings are only pathfinders and road-breakers. My Valmiki Syndrome is non-fiction but contains two contemporary stories within it.
One’s own heart is always the well spring.
Definitely Ramayana because despite what people mistakenly assume, it’s the least religious of these three. What I was trying to do was go back to the source itself, to write epics. This body of work taken together is the greatest literature in human history.
Sunday, article in issue of January Even my Krishna series of eight books is actually a companion series to my main series, the Mba, which is mostly completed and will begin publication next year.