Harsimran Kaur ON Oct 21, 2022 IN BOOK REVIEW, WAR OF LANKA BY AMISH/NON-FICTION
The chariot of love does not thump into the ground when the proliferated wet sand plunges its croaked wheels to create a mist of uneven dampness; the chariot so imbued in the revelation of ‘love dwells in and sustains integument charm’ disembarks with gust and gallop proffering the earthily sand to rise up leaving behind the disenchantment of its soaked shabbiness.
The ‘victory of love’ is irrefutable when faith overpowers the deuce of ambivalence and the silent grief propels the nerve synapses to re-open the longing for the beloved; the mustering courage then fuels the deprived soul with protracted energies fostering a simulacrum of love lost.
The ‘Ram-Sita’ epic is a tale of love sanctified by indissoluble faith in each other contemporaneous with a nomadic life led for 14 years in the dense forest; an excrescence of demonic Raavan corrugating the sheath of love eventually scurrying a cataclysm of enveloped emotions and desiccated grief. Sita is abducted by the Machiavellian Raavan and then a ‘war of dharma’ perpetuates on the expansive swathe of ‘Lanka’ to protect the honour and sanctity of the revered ‘Queen Sita’.
Amish is a prolific writer and knows how to chew the last morsel with the same genuineness as the first—no page in the book ‘War of Lanka’ leaves you with an unpalatable taste—each husk of grain polished with characteristic refinement, distinguishable reasoning and emotional sustainability.
Sita is professed to be the ‘New Vishnu’ by the Malyaputras. Herstoicism is a perfect example of a woman with unflinching faith in her husband ‘Ram’ to rescue her from the unfortunate clutches of the Lankan Emperor.
Ram is noble, his dharma is his belief in the existence of life—each node a moral understanding of a belief to part away with perfidy and chicanery. He is the ‘Vishnu’ as per the Vayaputras.
Raavan is a conspicuous narrator of his own grief and gullibility. A panjandrum, whose authority disparages many, carries a secret of his ignominious life; so well guarded and sacred that would make his demonic intransigence seem a charade.
Amish presents ‘War of Lanka’ – the fourth book of the Ram Chandra Series. The first three, ‘Ram’, ‘Sita’ and ‘Raavan’ expatiated about their individual journey and ideologies. ‘War of Lanka’ brings all three of them together to formulate their destinies for the benefit of ‘Mother India’.
- Is Raavan a toxic schnapps that will dilute the harmonious love of ‘Ram and Sita’ or disgorge a metamorphic channelizing of human mind to accept and revere the ‘Seventh Vishnu’?
- Will Sita trust Raavan or out him at the ripper’s edge for disclosing a past that is intrinsic to her existence?
- Ram is not a war strategist but the ineluctable task to bring Sita back requires precision. Will the War be won with ‘Dharma’ or the manipulative vanity of Raavan and his comrades thin the boots of the opponent?
Righteousness is a formidable sword of defence from the ignominious charade of the evil-minded. Dharma is the duty to be righteous, and Ram is born with that privilege. Sita absorbs it in every crisis of her life and Raavan’s solipsism eludes him to follow Dharma. The book reconciles their respective swivels of elucidating ‘Dharma’.
The battle juxtaposes the ‘right and the ‘wrong’, the insoluble retreats of the boisterous bellies and the Spartan demeanour of the peripatetic nobility, and finally the relevance of ‘Dharma’ and the tendentious bigotry.
From the robust army of the ‘Ram Nobility’ crossing the bridge made of the wood of the ebony tree, and sliced on it the platygyra coral stone as the top layer to the massive hegemony of elephants tusking the whiff of air to topple the enemy and the final blow of Hanuman of incinerating the wheat crops, the strategies uplifted by the Ayodhians thunder as a staphyloma blackening the vision of the Lankan army.
A literally masterpiece….