Book Review: Rise of the Sun Prince

First of the 6 book series "Ramayana: The Game of Life" is "Rise of the Sun Prince". A tale retold by Shubha Vilas following closely Valmiki's and Kamba's Ramayana for modern audiences.


We are a huge population with different thinking and perception. Some of us like thrill while some are comfortable with the predictability and a smooth sailing life. But this book won't give you the smooth ride, instead the twist and turns at every possible moment. 

It has adventure & romance, struggle & immortal values, poetry & intellectual analogies and so much more.

With this book which is not just a book but a way of life be ready to have an interesting ride.


The story in Book 1 is narrated by Love - Kusha, sons of RAMA. So beside them the book mainly focuses on 5 main characters from Ramayana.

  1. VISHWAMITRA, the ever angry sage. A teacher, who in the process of mentoring gets nurturing. The story shows one of the great transitions, from an imperfect teacher to perfect student and his process in learning the Laws of Progressive Living.
  2. DASARATHA, a dutiful king and a loving father. The story shows the conflict between the two from time to time and how duty wins over everytime.
  3. VALMIKI, the sage who emerged from an anthill. His transition from bad to good.
  4. SITA, the purity. One whose life revolves around a bow. Her balancing between the tradition and unconditional love for Rama.
  5. RAMA, the main character.

Its not one character but all together make one RAMAYANA, completing each other.
The book broadly focusses on Relationships; Parents-Children, Husband-Wife, Guru-Pupils, between Siblings and Leader-his Followers.


This first book has 9 chapters which will take you from the start, time before Rama's birth. Rest assured each chapter is a surprise in itself. Giving insight of everything which we might not be aware of until now. Author has given Beautiful explaination and used metaphors which will keep u stick to the story and will leave you craving for more knowledge about this SANSAAR.

He presents the very truth of life in a simple yet interesting way.

Footnotes at almost each page and the anecdotes teaching you what to do and what not to, well thats commendable on author's part.


Shubha Vilas, the author is a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker. Academically has earned BE in Electronics & Telecommunication and is also a LLB with specialization in Patent Law.

His Leadership seminars are popular with top level management in corporate houses. His thought provoking seminars focuses on relevant and vital themes like "Secret of Lasting Relationships", "Work Life Balance" and "Soul Curry to Stop Worry". He believes that a good teacher sees Learning and Teaching as integral twin aspects of personal and spiritual growth.

He periodically interacts with youth and apply the teachings of Bhagwat Gita, the Ramayana etc in dealing with modern-day life situations.


"Gripping" is what I would say. Complex Ideas, Simple words, Rich Literature and Beautiful Cover Illustration.

I loved this book. Totally!! 

If you really wanna dig in history a bit more and are interested to read an epic with modern spell and the filmy masala where there is a hero, a heroine and loads of villains, without diverting from the facts then this book is the right passage.


"To justify one's actions is easy. Acting responsibly and being accountable for actions is very difficult"

"A desired qualification must be preceded by the endeavor to prove that it is deserved"

"Life itself is a school campus - each day is a different classroom and every experience a different subject. It is called a school of hard knocks."


Book- Rise of The Sun Prince

Author- Shubha Vilas

Genre- Mythology, Religious

Language- English

Publisher- Jaico Publishing House, India

Year- 2014

Pages- 252

Price- 250
My Verdict- 9/10

With this I wish you all Happy Reading.


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