Author: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is the author of The Book of Ram. Penguin India is the publisher. The price is Rs. 250. Author, his passions, his career and his versatility are fabulous. Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (b.1970) is a multi-faceted personality mastering different streams of life. After passing out his MBBS from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, he spent 14 years working in the Pharma and Healthcare companies such as SIRO and Apollo. After that, he started afresh as a marketing consultant and got associated with prestigious organizations like Sanofi-Aventis and Ernst & Young. He is also a mythologist by passion. He topped the Mumbai University course in Comparative Mythology and lectures extensively on the relevance of sacred symbols, rituals and stories and their significance in modern times.
Dr. Pattanaik’s articles appear regularly in First City magazine (Delhi) and Times of India (Mumbai). He lives in Mumbai. His passion always being mythology drives him to write and deliver lectures extensively on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols, and rituals in modern times. And it is in this capacity that he has joined Future Group as Chief Belief Officer where his role is to help construct the culture of the entire organization. He regularly writes in Economic Times (Corporate Dossier), Times of India (Mumbai), Hindustan Times, First City Magazine and Sunday Midday. His books have been published by VFS, Haworth, Inner Traditions, Indus Source, Penguin India and EastWest Publications displaying his command over writing superbly.
The Book of Ram is a must to read in fact
Few of his books include: Shiva – an introduction (VFS, India), Vishnu – an introduction (VFS, India), Devi – an introduction (VFS, India), Hanuman – an introduction (VFS, India), Lakshmi – an introduction (VFS, India), Goddesses in India – five faces of the eternal feminine (Inner Traditions, USA), Indian Mythology – Stories, symbols and rituals from the heart of the subcontinent (Inner Traditions, USA), Man who was a woman and other queer tales from Hindu lore (Haworth Publications, USA), Shiva to Shankara – decoding the phallic symbol (Indus Source, India), Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (Penguin, India), The Pregnant King (Penguin, India – this was his first work of fiction), and The Book of Kali (Penguin, India – based on his talks).
The Book: In The Book of Ram, Dr Devdutt explores eleven different iconic symbols of Lord Ram presenting relevance of Ram in modern times by examining him in his various roles: as Dashrath’s son, Lakshman’s brother, Vishwamitra’s student, Sita’s husband, Ravan’s enemy, Hanuman’s master, Ayodhya’s king, Vishnu’s incarnation, Valmiki’s inspiration, the Ramayan’s protagonist and Hindutva’s icon. The book tells about various perspectives of Lord Rama as Eka-vachani – the king who keeps his words – always, Eka-bani – an archer who strikes his target perfectly with the first arrow, Eka-patni – a husband who is eternally devoted to his single wife. All his aspects show him as ‘Maryada Purushottam’ who is perfectly able to balance his life with social values, his Raghu vansh, and the solar dynasty. He is the 7th avatar of Vishnu. Ram word brings peace and harmony to life.
The Book of Ram is a must to read in fact
My views on The Book of Ram: The author doesn’t want to preach via this book. This is a product of a thorough research. In fact, the book must be in one’s personal library. And you can read it time and again. In fact, this book is the solution whenever a person wants some peace or solacement. This is an intriguing and self-probing book. In fact, it reflects each angle of Ram so clearly that one can carve upon in one’s life. This book answers to many whys and hows, those were unanswered till now. In each man on this earth, there is a part of Ram and Ravan each with varying percentage. Similarly, in each woman, there is Sita, Ahilya, Surupnakha, and Mandodri. In the same context,
The Book of Ram reflects a man’s personality by many icons. These icons are Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman, Angad, Bali, Sugriva, Jatayu, Dashrath, Bharat, Shatrughan, Ravan, Vibhishan etc. Similarly, it reflects woman’s face through many icons like Sita, Mandodri, Ahilya, Surupnakha, Mandodri etc. Rather, in today’s world, it is your karmas, or what you do in your actual life. In fact, that defines what icon a woman is, and what icon a man is.
Finally, The Book of Ram is a must for all ages, all genders. In short, it is short, crisp and with a precision.