Author: D.S. Sarma
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171202225
In the following pages a purely literary approach is made to the Ramayana, and a fairly comprehensive summary of its story is given for the benefit of the young.
Though the poem consists of six kandas, (excluding the supplement, he so-called Uttara-kanda of doubtful authenticity) the story may, conveniently for our purposes, be divided into three parts. The first part, covering the Bala-kanda and the Ayodhya-kanda, is an intensely human tragedy full of situations which wring our hearts.
The second part, covering the Aranya-kanda, the Kishkindha-kanda and the Sundara-kanda is a long romance which takes us into dense forests and distant lands inhabited by strange subhuman of inhuman size at will.
And the third part, covering the Yuddha-kanda, is an epic describing a colossal conflict between two great Powers on Earth, - a conflict in the issue of which all beings in the universe, including the high gods in heaven, were interested.