Scion of Ikshvaku: Review

Amish Tripathi’s third novel, and the first one in his Rama trilogy, Scion of Ikshvaku, is his most mature book yet. Where the Shiva trilogy faltered in its unbridled adolescent-ish rigor and enthusiasm without paying an excess of attention to a tight and well structured story line, Scion of Ikshavaku is a treat for readers with its well chosen words and sophisticated execution.

Scion of Ikshvaku presents all the major characters of the Indian epic Ramayana in newly packaged avatars, who resemble Valmiki’s people only superficially. Their innermost desires and backgrounds are exposed skilfully, without seeming over the top, which was often the case in the Shiva trilogy. I was especially impressed by the way Amish handled the characterisation of Kaikeyi and Manthara, two of the most despised women in Indian folklore. Moreover, even Ram Chandra himself is written about wonderfully. He’s presented as man who believes in law and dharma to the point of madness, exposing several grey areas in a man considered to be a God. Ravana isn’t shown to be conventionally evil and wicked, just as a man who would rather do whatever he pleases than care about others.

The writing is fluid, and usually moves along effortlessly. The romantic angles could have been pruned a bit more so that the love stories wouldn’t have appeared to be quite so corny and clichéd. That being said, Sita was shown to be a force to be reckoned with, a feminist before the term was invented, and for that alone, Amish deserves a round of applause. In fact, a lot of the characters in the book were staunch supporters of equal rights and opportunities for both the sexes, which goes on to show that the society in the ancient world was much more liberal and sensitive than contemporary times, a fact often hidden by centuries of oppression.

Scion of Ikshvaku was a fast-paced read full of adventure and philosophy and a few light moments. Recommended to anyone interested in ancient Indian myths and culture!

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