Scion of Ikshvaku

Scion of Ikshvaku

Ram Rajya. The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price. He paid that price.3400 BCE. INDIAAyodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despon...

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Title:Scion of Ikshvaku
Author:Amish Tripathi
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Scion of Ikshvaku Reviews

  • Avanthika

    Bending and re-telling the actual story with whooping level of imagination is Amish’s usual way of entertaining and he strikes again, “The Scion Of Ikshvaku” is for the people who do not whole-heartedly believe in the Raamayan.

    Ram. The prince of Sapt Sindhu. Son of Chakravartin Samrat Dasarat. Yet he is considered inauspicious and his birth year is marked as tainted 7032 for the defeat Dasarat faced. While Sapt Sindu is facing bankruptcy, Raavan’s Lanka is blooming with golden streets. Ram know

    Bending and re-telling the actual story with whooping level of imagination is Amish’s usual way of entertaining and he strikes again, “The Scion Of Ikshvaku” is for the people who do not whole-heartedly believe in the Raamayan.

    Ram. The prince of Sapt Sindhu. Son of Chakravartin Samrat Dasarat. Yet he is considered inauspicious and his birth year is marked as tainted 7032 for the defeat Dasarat faced. While Sapt Sindu is facing bankruptcy, Raavan’s Lanka is blooming with golden streets. Ram knows that his father’s ways of ruling are not efficient. But as ideal son, he refuses to rebel against Dasarat. He gains the hatred of elites to whom Bharat is dearly. Ram needs to regain back his misinterpreted name among his people. And Lakshman, Ram’s shadow, finds that their guru Vashista is associated with a naga. At the corner of his mind, he believes that Vashista could harm Ram.

    Kaikeyi plays fair to make Bharat as the crown-prince and all the pieces of the puzzle are falling into her chamber with the wealthy Manthara’s guidance. On the other hand, Kausalya and Sumitra are trying to establish their statuses in Dasarath’s palace. While Ram stays idealistic, Bharat grows up to be practical and real. Ancient India had paved way for many civilizations that followed the two ways of living (rather rebelling): masculine & feminine ways. Ram needs to choose between the two. And the Vayuputra counsel is with the Asuras. While guru Vashista allies with Nagas, Guru Vishvamitra is allied with Malyaputras. Ram helps Vishvamitra in tackling the asuras who attacked Akatsyakootam. And yes, Ram seeks a woman to love and respect. He doesn’t believe in polygamous marriage and in his wife, he doesn’t want a soul to compete for equality but wants to be complimentary, completing each other. He finds his companion in Sita. And once again, the demon king Raavan crosses Ram’s path and Ram knocks him down with Daivi Astras after which he’s banished from Sapt Sindhu for 14 years following Dastrat’s orders. Kaikeyi plays her role perfectly.

    Excellent remodelling of the ancient epic. I loved the efforts Amish has put to bring up the description of Ayodhya, Mithila & Lanka. You could actually imagine the way the cities were built and the organization of the people. Raavan comes here and there in few chapters, yet you can understand the mightiness and fear he had cultivated. The first part of RamChandra series ends with Sita’s abduction and in the second part, if am not wrong, we’ll be facing Ram’s hard hitting fate, Sita’s strong will, Lakshman’s incontestable support, Hanuman’s undisputed royalty and the furious Raavan en masse.

    The parts I liked the most:

    •The death of Roshini reminded me of Nirbhaya. And the juvenile who was spared by Ram reminded me of Kasab. It was very realistic and proved how rules are bended for the criminals to escape. Atlast, Manthara has got a strong reason to hate Ram.

    •The part where Ram met Sita for the first time was hilarious. The short-tempered quick-witted Lakshman scores in that particular chapter.

    •At many places, I found myself denying Ram’s ideologies and agreed with Bharat’s ideologies of ruling. Yes, he sounded diplomatic and dynamic.

    •Ram and Sita names their piece of land as the “land of pure life” and the name Sita opted made me rejoice :D

    •The meeting of Lankan Surpanakha and the Ayodhi brothers was bitter as expected. Jatayu’s death left me paralyzed.

    Negative :

    Sita’s suyamvar. Too much of imagination and the entire suyamvar has been modified.

    Amish’s sophistication in the contemporary writing is lime-lighted through the thoughts he had expressed throughout the book... I would like to share few quotes that I cherished.

    P.S. Will be waiting to discover the dark side of the descendant of Ikshvaku clan. Oh Amish ! Release the second book of Ram Chandra series ASAP.

  • Rahul Khatri

    Zip-Zap-Zoom Read ........ !

    After re-introducing Lord Shiva in Shiva Triology , Amish Tripathi has pen down the Scion Of Ikshvaku , Ist of instalment in Ram Chandra Series .As the book was exclusively available on Amazon , I Recieved my Pre-ordered Copy Yesterday and once I start reading , it kept me hooked till the very end . Truly Spell Bounding Ist Instalment as The Immortal of Meluha was from Shiva Trilogy was .

    FRONT COVER ~

    Front Cover which is beautifully designed . Front Cover secures the

    Zip-Zap-Zoom Read ........ !

    After re-introducing Lord Shiva in Shiva Triology , Amish Tripathi has pen down the Scion Of Ikshvaku , Ist of instalment in Ram Chandra Series .As the book was exclusively available on Amazon , I Recieved my Pre-ordered Copy Yesterday and once I start reading , it kept me hooked till the very end . Truly Spell Bounding Ist Instalment as The Immortal of Meluha was from Shiva Trilogy was .

    FRONT COVER ~

    Front Cover which is beautifully designed . Front Cover secures the scene of a jungle with a man holding his bow , his elbow aligned with arrow ,straight in air pointing towards a conical machine . After Reading I Realise that the pic depicts of Ram pointing his weapon towards the flying machine called Pushpak Viman .

    BACK COVER ~

    Back Cover holds the a short gist of the inside story embedded over the background showing a flying machine stood stationary on ground surrounded by green gas .

    WRITING ~

    Coming to inside view , First page holds a gist about author and a digital signature beneath it .One of the finest part of writing is that author has put List of Characters and Important Tribes in alphabetical order in the beginning itself .

    The First chapter Rolled out with the Kidnapping of Sita but later details the way Characters reached on the actions that happened in chapter 1 . So As The Series called Ram Chandra Series , So the books are pen down on the life of Lord Rama, inspired by Ramayana . Like Shiva in Shiva Trilogy , Author has tried to revive Ram in this series as well .

    As the name of first instalment of Series , Scion Of Ikshvaku , suggest , the plot revolves around Ram belongs to the Ikshvaku scion .

    Story basically breaks after 1st chapter when Dashrath and his allies lost badly to Raavan , then Head of security of Trading Security Forces , with which he lost major wealth ,leaving Ayodhya weakend .With mere Coincidence , First Prince of Dashrath , Ram , was born on the same day and Dashrath believed that Ram's Birth was inauspicious . It was widely held that all the good deeds of Ram's Life would not succeed in washing away the 'taint of 7,032' , the year that Dashrath was defeated and Ram was born . Beside Ram , later three more Prince born from two other Wives of Dashrath . Ram , the eldest was born from Kaushalya , Bharat from Kaikeyi & Laxman and Shatrugan from Sumitra . Author had portrayed Ram as Idealistic , One who considered laws are meant to be followed and all are equal in front of law while Bharat was Practical and Real , who thinks freedom to citizens will lead to good living among citizens .Laxman is portrayed as the cutest character among all and loyal to Ram while Shatrugan is shown as the one who keep himself engaged in Books and always stand beside Bharat .

    With Ram sticked to Laws , gets negative behaviour of Nobles but once backed from Gurukal , is associated as Chief of Police Force by Mynthra while Bharat was made Chief of Foreign relations . As the crime was on hike ,but as soon as Ram resume his duties , he led the rules inscribed on temples as many citizens aren't even aware of laws , which dips the crime rate to all time low and makes him popular among common folks .Author has also inked about the masculine & Feminine ways . And the Vayuputras Council is with Asuras while Rishi Vashista allies with Nagas and Maharishi Vishwanmitra is linked iwth Malyaputras .

    Later on Request of Maharishi Vishwamitra , Dashrath send Ram & Laxman with him to protect his ashrams from asura attacks and while returning back to Ayodhya , Vishwamitra takes Ram to Swayambar of Sita which ended up with Ram as victorious and Wedded to Sita , Princess of Mithila . And events turns in manner that Ram knocks down Raavan from Asurashastra , a celestial weapon , whose usage cause a penalty of 14 year exile . While Ram sticked to law and self-imposed 14 year exile on himself and when went to Ayodhya to seek his father's permission prior leaving , Keykayi plays his game of activating two boons from Dashrath which includes sending Ram to 14 Year exile as per law and Declaring Bharat as Crown Prince . It was in the last year of exile when Sita was kidnapped .

    Author has embedded the character of all four princes to show true love among all four brothers .

    As wrote author has re-introduced Ram but with highlighting evils that are dwelling in our society .

    With Roshni , Amish re-minds the memories of Heinous Delhi Rape case . How cast system is a serious threat to our society . How anger is the root cause of self-destruction . With his writing , Author has also flagged the matter of Polygamy , Reveals the true meaning of Relationships by Ram's Thought about Marriage and His Wife .

    Scion Of Ikshvaku ended with Sita's kidnapping and Hanuman still on his way with other Parihans to meet Ram .

    From all , I found most amazing is the hilarious Laxman , when he was kid who keeps lisping and is loyal to his elder brother Ram .

    " ......it's more important to be right than to be first . "

    " This soil is worth more than my life to me . I love my country . I love my India . I swear I will do what must be done . Give me courage , My Lord ."

  • Vishnu Chevli

    Before I begin let me clear this was not a review copy. I actually bought it within the first month of release and I have received author signed steel bookmark with the book as well.

    Now coming to the author, Amish Tripathi, I had three spans in last 15 years in which I was drawn towards reading. The first one was due to the Harry Potter series and that span continued for 2-3 months. Next two spans started with Amish Tripathi's Shiva Trilogy. And It is till date in my favorite top five book serie

    Before I begin let me clear this was not a review copy. I actually bought it within the first month of release and I have received author signed steel bookmark with the book as well.

    Now coming to the author, Amish Tripathi, I had three spans in last 15 years in which I was drawn towards reading. The first one was due to the Harry Potter series and that span continued for 2-3 months. Next two spans started with Amish Tripathi's Shiva Trilogy. And It is till date in my favorite top five book series. The series is also my wife's favorite. We have two sets of the trilogy. So it was obvious that we will buy the next series of Amrish. I know I am 3 years late to review the book.

    "Scion of Ikshwaku" is the story of Rama, one of the most prayed gods among Hindus. Well like Shiva Trilogy the story is not plain Ramayana. Amrish has used his magical touch to repaint it. Just like Shiva from Meluha, Rama is also shown as a mere human. Amrish has shown how a human was got the title of a God. Timeline of the story is around 3500 BC when the old order of Malayputras (previous Vishnu) and Vayuputra's (previous Mahadeva) were maintaining harmony. Dashratha was the supreme leader of Bharatvarsha. He lost to Kubera and his general Ravana. Treaty cost Ayodhya and whole Bharatvarsh heavily. Rama and his three brothers were being trained and educated by Vashistha (an ex-Malayputra) Vashishta wanted to bring new Vishnu to the society, he found the qualities of ideal Vishnu in Rama and he trained Rama thoroughly. Rama wedded Sita, a strong character who hold an equal ground with Rama in all situation.

    Talking about comparisons, similar to Shiva Trilogy, the same concept of society rebuilding, law and order discussed in the book. You can think of this book as a prequel to the timeline. The author has wonderfully shown the importance of the law-abiding. The way Amrish has shown male and female nature of society and its ruling is fundamental and realistic. The book is not up to the mark compared to Shiva Trilogy, but if you want to dwell in the world of ancient modern India, similar to Meluha then there is nothing better than this book.

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  • Mith

    I want my money back.

  • Swapnil Tembe

    Read Scion of Ikshvaku. Like me, i am sure many who loved the Shiva Trilogy would be disappointed to some extent. Here are some goods and bads.

    Goods

    1) The ocean of imagination knows no bounds when it comes to Amish. One of the reasons why we fell in love with the first trilogy. It continues to some extent.

    2) Connecting these to the Vayuputras and Nagas discussed in this previous books.

    3) Character building.

    4) A great Cover design (Not sure if it qualifies here!)

    Bads

    1) This first book is plain si

    Read Scion of Ikshvaku. Like me, i am sure many who loved the Shiva Trilogy would be disappointed to some extent. Here are some goods and bads.

    Goods

    1) The ocean of imagination knows no bounds when it comes to Amish. One of the reasons why we fell in love with the first trilogy. It continues to some extent.

    2) Connecting these to the Vayuputras and Nagas discussed in this previous books.

    3) Character building.

    4) A great Cover design (Not sure if it qualifies here!)

    Bads

    1) This first book is plain simple vanilla. The way you have known the story before.

    2) You feel at times the descriptions are a bit stretched. Unnecessarily.

    3) Few modifications like the Arjun/Draupadi type Swayamvar for Ram/Sita does not gel in. I mean there is a "Basic Structure" of the Ramayana which i think you should not play around with.

    4) Creating a Nirbhaya type case is so blunt and desperate attempt tp look contemporary.

    Overall I am disappointed. That Shiva "Magic" is missing.

  • Shwetha Anand

    Less said the better. Forget acceptable standards of literature, is it too much to ask for a decent read that doesn't involve inane statements like" Shukracharya was from Egypt"?? Well apparently it is..

  • Saloni

    Should be retitled "How To Give Mythology A Screw Over".

  • Charn Singh

    Is there any particular reason for rewriting an epic that’s more than perfect in its own originality? Answer is yes- to prove the lack of inspiration. Or perhaps just to show-case inexcusable mind-numbing dilution to which such an epitome can be reduced to.

    Unfortunately, this blockbuster "Scion of Ikshvaku" is a clichéd, redundant, naïve, and pretentious presentation, where writing has relatively little character or style. It is thus clearly evident from first few pages, that Amish is failure at

    Is there any particular reason for rewriting an epic that’s more than perfect in its own originality? Answer is yes- to prove the lack of inspiration. Or perhaps just to show-case inexcusable mind-numbing dilution to which such an epitome can be reduced to.

    Unfortunately, this blockbuster "Scion of Ikshvaku" is a clichéd, redundant, naïve, and pretentious presentation, where writing has relatively little character or style. It is thus clearly evident from first few pages, that Amish is failure at wannabe epic fantasy writer who had education and career rooted in altogether different sciences.

    It takes more than just basic research and ‘modern’ twists (with aid of fundamental English) to produce a good story book, leave apart re-imagining of Ramayana. Scion of Ikshvaku then comes across as nothing but insult to both mythology and literature.

    Here we have a book that is a total mockery of construct and execution of plot as well as characters. Even if I hypothesize this to be completely a book on its own, and not something that is poor derived version of Ramayan, it turns out to be amateurish at best, throwing at you clichés, stereotypes, purple prose, and forced narrative. Also, its more than evident that writer has some serious need to look into creativity classes. The editing-or lack thereof-is appalling; the grammar and syntax are unforgivably bad; and the flow is uniformly dull and uninspiring. Nothing in the book is remotely literature but a weird concoction of rush-forced scenes. And how?

    Amish wanted to link up the science and perhaps throw in some steam-punk sub-genre; all he could do with that idea was come up with rotary motors among other such poor stuff. Since war had to be part of Ramayana, he wanted to sound mature by talking about battle strategies. “Needle formation” was how the armored spearhead (or boar-head as in Vikings history) get on to be described. He wanted to have characters some personality, and Lakshmana had French “touché” assigned to him. Book wanted to connect with today’s generation, and where does it turn to? Nirbhaya like rape tragedy. He painfully tried to make us believe about Dashrath as the greatest king (without fleshing out the character even remotely) and in next scene had him going into battle all arrogant and ignoring (or not knowing) very basic of war fundamentals. And wait- that is not all; the queen had to be waiting on battle side just because Kayikie gotta save Dashrath.

    I have seen people applauding the author for explaining things scientifically. We obviously should have better standards- world believes Indians to be good scientists. No, I was not expecting Michael Crichton stuff over here, nor I was waiting for chapters of quantum physics to unfold. But then the absurdness of nilly-willy make up stuff made my eyes bleed.

    I had to give up the book after some 35% cause I was afraid of getting brain dead.

    Naturally, Amish is no author and he can't write. He tried and it turned out to be a best-seller in our country. He got encouraged and wrote Meluha series. Next, there were awards and rewards. Now, he conjured more of his "art" in form of Ikshvaku, and it is turning out to be bestseller. He will get further encouraged and write Scion series. Next, there will be....never mind, you must have got the idea.

    Stay away- its mockery of originality, skills, creativity, literature, and fantasy genre

  • Swetha

    Though the scene in the cover looks like a young Milkha Singh aiming his bow at a helicopter, it is apparently a bearded Lord Ram shooting at the Pushpaka Viman which has rotary blades. If covers speak volume, this serves the same purpose that a machine on mute does.

    Amish Tripathi borrowed the characters and setting of the Ramayana, made it the continuation of The Shiva Trilogy and then used his own imagination. IIM did him well and Ramayana played the perfect marketing tool to catch the attenti

    Though the scene in the cover looks like a young Milkha Singh aiming his bow at a helicopter, it is apparently a bearded Lord Ram shooting at the Pushpaka Viman which has rotary blades. If covers speak volume, this serves the same purpose that a machine on mute does.

    Amish Tripathi borrowed the characters and setting of the Ramayana, made it the continuation of The Shiva Trilogy and then used his own imagination. IIM did him well and Ramayana played the perfect marketing tool to catch the attention of lovers of Indian mythology, such as myself. I see what you did there, Amish.

    ways the book differed from the Ramayana:

    1) Raavan and Dashrath are enemies even before Ram is born.

    2) Ram is born the exact time Dashrath loses to Raavan in a battle and therefore, his birth is considered ill-luck by the royalty and common folk. They call it the Taint of 7,032.

    3) Manthara, the evil maid and confidante of Kaikeyi, is actually the wealthiest person in Ayodhya.

    4) She has a daughter called Roshni who is gang raped. One of the rapists is a minor and therefore cannot be sentenced to capital punishment. Ram, the strict abider of law, reluctantly sets him free while Bharata and Shatrugna fight for justice. (What an artless allusion to the Nirbhaya case that goes on for 50 pages. Was this really necessary?)

    5) There’s a tribe called Malayaputras whose presence I still don’t understand.

    6) Ram protects Tadaka and Subahu instead of killing them.

    7) They drink somras. (like we didn’t have enough of that in Shiva trilogy)

    8) Sita is the Prime Minister of Mithila.

    9) Raavan attends Sita’s swayamvar.

    10) The swayamvar’s rules are lifted from the Mahabharata. Apart from lifting the Pinaka, the contestant must also hit the fish’s eye while the image rotates on the rod.

    11) .............

    12) ………………………

    13) Ram himself requests Dashrath to send him on exile for 14 years because he broke the rule laid down by Lord Rudra by firing an asthra that was banned from use.

    14) You get my point, right?

    This book is just a pretentious form of plagiarism.

  • Nandakishore Varma

    I have not read this book, and do not plan to. This is a troll review, posted to express my resentment at an idiot murdering Indian mythology to line his pockets. So sue me!

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    I am going to resign my engineering job and write a novel on Lord Krishna. In my novel, he will be gay - to hide which fact, he marries multiple women. Also, Kamsa will be a benevolent lower-caste ruler, who is treacherously killed by Krishna at the behest of his upper-caste cronies.

    I think

    I have not read this book, and do not plan to. This is a troll review, posted to express my resentment at an idiot murdering Indian mythology to line his pockets. So sue me!

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    I am going to resign my engineering job and write a novel on Lord Krishna. In my novel, he will be gay - to hide which fact, he marries multiple women. Also, Kamsa will be a benevolent lower-caste ruler, who is treacherously killed by Krishna at the behest of his upper-caste cronies.

    I think I will also hint at a gay relationship between Arjuna and Krishna. And I will make Draupadi reluctant to marry the five brothers, so that I can slip in a scene where all of them gang-rape her to make her compliant. Also, I will write a really long chapter on the disrobing of Draupadi by Dusshasana. I understand that we need a lot of gratuitous violence and sex to sell these books.

    Apparently, I will make a packet.

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