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Author: Anant Pai
Painter/Illustrator/Animator: Ram Waeerkar
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175080690/2076/1376/0973
This set combines 4 issues titled:
1. Ancestors of Rama
2. Hanuman to The Rescue
3. Tales of Maryada Rama
4. The Sons of Rama
1. ANCESTORS OF RAMA
Tradition has it that Rama was the ideal king. Gandhiji was only reinforcing it when he named his ideal state 'Rama-Rajya'. Yet the predecessors of Rama, in his dynasty of the Ikshwakus, were as valiant and as benign as Rama himself. This story tells of their deeds.
The heroes of epics have their tragic flaws because epics always tell the whole truth. Like Rama, his ancestors also had flawed characters despite the glory of their personalities.
Inspired by the epic of Valmiki, Kalidasa wrote his classic poem 'Raghuvamsha'. While chronicling the lives of the ancestors of Rama, it noted the decline of the ruling house also
2. HANUMAN TO THE RESCUE
Hanuman was the chief general of the monkey king, Sugreeva. The story of his adventures, particularly after the monkey army reaches the sea-shore opposite Lanka, is one of the best efforts of pure imagination to be found in the Ramayana. When no one feels confident to make the mighty leap to Lank, where Sita has been held captive, he alone is found equal to the task. What follows after this leap to Lanka has fascinated Indian children for hundreds of years. At times, Hanuman reduces himself to the size of a man’s thumb. When it suits him he swells himself to the size of a mountain.
His exploits, particularly after he sets out to bring the herb Vishalya Karani from mount Gandhamadana to save Lakshmana, have been beautifully embellished in Krittivasa’s Ramayana, on which this Chitra Katha is based.
3. TALES OF MARYADA RAMA
Maryada Rama, the protagonist of these stories is a folk-hero. He is the hero whose image recurs in the folklore of all communities all over the world. The legends and fables, be they from Constantinople, Ispahan, Peking, Delhi or Tanjavoor, always have a hero who stands out as an example of the triumph of common sense over sophisticated intellect. Even his humor springs from common sense.
He becomes a folk-hero because he represents the common man in many ways. He brings to the underdog; the hope for success. The folk-hero has a native shrewdness which scores over the powers of establishment like the bureaucracy, the army, the royalty and the judiciary. The stories in this book tell us of Maryada Rama's success in meting out justice where the law is helpless to do it.
4. THE SONS OF RAMA
The story of Rama and Sita was first set down by the sage Valmiki in his epic poem Ramayana.
On returning to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile, Rama banished Sita because of the suspicions of his subjects. In the ashrama of sage Valmiki, she gave birth to her twin sons, Luv and Kush.
Based on Uttara-Ramacharita of Bhavabhuti.