The Penguin Companion to the Ramayana

The Penguin Companion to the Ramayana

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Author: Bishnupada Chakravarty
Debjani Banerjee/
Translator(s)/Editor: Debjani Banerjee
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 232
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143100467


The Ramayana is one of India’s most well-loved epics, retaining the essence of the ancient Vedas and embodying lessons and truths of life that have moulded Indian sensibility.

This delightful companion takes the reader on a journey from Ayodhya to Lanka through forests, seas and skies. Along with an overview of the Ramayana and a synopsis, the epic is recounted, episode by episode, with analytical comments drawing a parity between the present and a bygone time. An elaborate who’s who points to characters embodying values such as commitment to dharma, filial duty and loyalty, and evils like greed, lust and pride.

This companion also provides the reader with

New insights into the spectrum of characters in the Ramayana
Fresh perspectives on known and little-known aspects of the epic
Events recounted chronologically
Extensive cross-referencing that steers readers through other entries
User-friendly information valuable for students, scholars and the general reader alike



About the Ramayana

The Ramayana in Brief

The Story of the Ramayana

Known and Little-known Facts of the Ramayana

The Reader’s Ready Reference to the Ramayana