The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic by R.K Narayan

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The greatest of all Indian epics – and one of the world’s supreme masterpieces of storytelling

A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe thronged with heroes, deities, and demons, The Ramayana has been thrilling readers and listeners since the fourth century BC. Here, R.K Narayan – one of India’s greatest literary lights – draws mostly on the work of the eleventh-century Tamil poet Kamban an recounts it with the narrative flair of a master novelist. Narayan’s Ramayana is an ancient treasure to be savoured as much for its wisdom, spiritual depth, and insight as for its colourful portrayal of otherworldly passion and strife.

“In Narayan – the sage of Malgudi who always knew how to connect our hectic and fraught present to a barely remembered past – this ancient tale found its perfect modern chronicler.”  – Pankaj Mishram, from his Introduction

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