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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Get to Know Us. His carefully considered dark humour stems from experiences and observations that anyone who has steeped in the soil of the Indian subcontinent would be more than familiar with.

He lived more than two thousand five hundred years ago but everybody will recognize his experiences. This is a beautiful read. Shiva gives them a magic power that lets them be two places at the same time, on their boat fishing and back home with their wives invisibly.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. In all, I think I like the sub-plots and the obvious rebellion to the religious narratives – however, its just only one of those books which would not stretch too deep into your minds but leave you with just a smirk! He is a master of the stealthily placed landmine: If this will be your fist time studying Ramayana, this book is a good place to start.

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The men are much chastened when they discover what they all have been up to — but wiser. In the introduction, Menen explains that she is trying to bring the story back to what she believes that Valmiki originally wrote, because the story has been changed so much over time by the Brahmins of India, but I feel like her interpretation of the story is somewhat lacking. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Like another famous Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, it is both a teaching saga and an entertaining story of the eternal struggle between good rzmayana evil.


With the book explained, I loved the author using analogies a lot of different types.

The brothers assemble a coalition of local rulers, all with their own grievances against Ravana and attack Lanka. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Put back on my shelf to pull out in a few years to reread it again. Menen’s retelling of the classic Hindu epic The Ramayana is meant as a funny and readable version of the work, but devout Hindus were horrified by the liberties Menen took with a rmayana text and it was banned in India for some years.

Dasaratha himself is a dissolute and lecherous old man, and Rama is an earnest and well-meaning, but rather naive and none-too-bright young man, given to noble gestures and grand sounding sentiments, the meaning of which he himself does not fully grasp.

I really enjoyed it. I think he also cautiously tries to digress form all the glamour and jingoism of a certain form aubrye not really bringing in all the characters which I recall from the Ramayana.

It is in Valmiki’s lengthy, comical philosophical tracts that we see Menen at his stylistic best.

The Ramayana as Told by Aubrey Menen by Aubrey Menen

But when the Lankan king attacks them after a brawl with Laxman, and it is clear that they cannot win, Sita walks nenen and agrees to go with Ravan if he ceases hostilities. Lord Chamberlain, the locust etc.

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Sebastian rated it really liked it Jan 29, Meanwhile, back at the hermitage, a placid cow that the locust used to berate as being lazy and stupid, continues to peacefully eat and live, untroubled by false pretenses about herself. Heaven was a place much better than Rome.

This one came as a suggestion from very close friend circle, and I couldn’t resist my temptation of stopping myself from reading this one. Read this if you feel the need wubrey be more cultured. Page 1 aubfey 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Jayashree rated it liked it Mar 04, The characters are all apparently avatars for the various qualities they possess–loyalty, chastity, etc.


To get worked up on this book and ban it, is just silly.

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

The reunion with Sita is aubgey and Rama cannot bring himself to forgive her. In the mode of classic folklore, Menen too has side stories and digressions in plenty. THAT is a book that really deserves to be reprinted. His essays and novels explore the nature of nationalism and the cultural contrast between his own Irish-Indian ancestry and his traditional Auhrey upbringing.

In the teeth of the soundest and most reliable guidance from his moral and mental superiors, he finally recovered his country, his throne, and his common sense. Did she herself desire it, but suppress it from her conscious mind? Please try again later.

Aubrey Menen

There she chances upon Ravana, the aubery of a small frontier state in the wilderness, but also a bandit and raider. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Rama, finally moved to action, and liking it once he got started, fights his way into Ravana’s palace, only to find him already dead, killed by his own soldiers to get at his jewelry and treasure.

My job in life is to write books, not chew the cud over them. Through the chaos, Sita walks to Ravana and leaves voluntarily with him, on his blood-soaked horse. Take, for instance, his diatribe about Indian classical music: At the time the book was published inno side would have the iconoclast. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third.