Monday, November 6, 2017

The Legend of Ramm - The Great War of Hind by Vaibhav Anand

There are some books which make you desperate for it the moment you see covers and/or title. Being a big fan of mythological historical fiction, I always hunt for books in this genre. The legend of Ramm was gifted to me by author Vaibhav Anand in exchange for an honest review. In series of "The Legend of Ramm" by Vaibhav, "The Great War of Hind" is the first installment. Like Amrish who is re-portraying Ramayana with his own fictional work, Vaibhav has started his own version of Ramayana.

Book blurb
"In the beginning, there was no such thing as heaven or hell. All that there was then, was earth… There are raconteurs and mischief-mongers in our ranks and I have no doubt they shall pervert the truth with their self-serving versions. The events of history – this history of our land – shall thus inevitably have many versions, doubtless. But, I was there with General Ramm, I fought by his side…" -Sanjaay, official chronicler of General Ramm

Around 12000 B.C., Hindustan (or Hind) as we know it today, comprised five kingdoms of man, sandwiched between Parbat – the kingdom of the Gods in the north, and Lunka – the kingdom of the demons in the south. The ‘Legend of Ramm’ unravels the story of the military general called Ramm in the kingdom of Ayodh and how his actions came to define our world as we know it today.
The story is written with 12000 BC timeline, where Hind was divided into six human kingdoms, 1 God kingdom, and 1 demon kingdom. Ayosh was the biggest and richest kingdom among human kingdoms. And our protagonist Ram was general (not a king or prince) in Ayodh army serving under king Vikramaditya. This part has covered the first battle of General Ramm against Persis king. Knowing prowess of Ayodh militia king of Persis used all wicked ways to bring Ayodh down. But the farsightedness of Hanohman along with the strategic planning of Ramm had countered tricks of Persis. Along with this war, something more interesting going on in the kingdom of Gods - Parbat. To know more check out this interesting book.

I loved the way character of Ram was built up through the story.   The whole story is built upon war and author has given enough emphasis on strategic planning of war. Author has also used different ways to mention units of time, distance etc. 170-page long power pack action book is a perfect companion for a short trip or train journey. I have finished this book in a single sitting.

The author could have given more efforts on the map of Hind. 

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 4/5
  2. Title - 4/5
  3. Content - 3.5/5
  4. Concept - 4/5
  5. Character - 4/5
  6. Overall - 3.75/5
Book can be found at Amazon and Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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