The demon-king Ravana, born of a union between the holiest of mortals and a demon princess, has risen from an obscure beginning at a hermitage to conquer not just hell but heaven too. No less than a god to his own people, he is the sheer embodiment of evil to his enemies. This arrogant demon brooks no hindrance to snatching his heart's desire, and his terror seems unstoppable to gods and humans alike. But he makes a mistake when he abducts the wife of Lord Rama, the exiled divine ruler of Ayodhya. Ravana is a story of a demon, who dared to challenge the gods, and almost got away with it. Ravana's tale is one that will incite awe and fear simultaneously. Whose side was this enigma on, good or evil? The obvious answer seems to be but one: his own. Or was he really? This graphic novel seeks to explore that question, and others.
Abhimanyu Singh Sisodia
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read quite a few mythology tales done in a graphic novel format the last few years. I have been familiar with most of them, having read many tales of Greek and Roman mythology about the ancient Gods in school.
I was not familiar with this Indian mythology tale (Ravana: Roar of the Demon King by Abhimanyu Singh Sisodia and art by Sachin Nagar) and just finished reading this 104 page graphic novel. I found the story interesting and the art work was superb. I did not realize that Ravana was “the most reviled villain in all Hindu mythology.”
This is a story about a mortal who was made a God but his vile and quick temper made him make irrational decisions and he failed to learn from them until the very end of the story. He was powerful and strong, thinking he could easily beat all of his enemies and in the beginning he seemed to be invincible. However, his ego and refusal to learn from past mistakes guaranteed his downfall.
Story was a little off, why would dravidian daitya princes and princesses talk in Hindi and call each other Bhaiya? it also makes ravana sound apologetic which he never was, he was a proud king. some mistakes in plotline such as Ravan not going to Sita's svayamvar and such but interesting read with nice quality.
everything that I expected and more. not sure about the accuracy in some places but you wont pay much attention to it. interesting illustrations.
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