[Book Review] Scion of Ikshvaku

Amish Tripathi came into limelight with his Shiva trilogy, it was something different and in many ways it was a very good fictional series and Scion of Ikshvaku is a continuation of that format. If one has enjoyed Shiva trilogy, then one would also like Scion of Ikshvaku. However, It’s not a sequel or prequel to Shiva trilogy, this is an independent work and one can read it even without reading Shiva trilogy.

Scion of Ikshvaku is based on the most important Hindu epic Ramayana. All of the characters, the relations, the events of the Ramayana are there in this book, but the story is completely different, some characters and relationship are exactly mirrored from the Ramayana while some are completely opposite, yet they are believable.

The Ramayana is a classic tale of good versus evil, characters in it are either pure Gods or pure Devils, but Amish’s Ramayana is modern, its good characters have some evil in them and evil characters have some good in them, they’re devious, and have ulterior motives. In many ways its story is same as the classic tale we know by heart, but it still breathes of freshness. One of the unique feature of Amish’s writing is that although he’s rewriting mythology, but he never resort to equip any of his characters or the environment with any magical or divine power. He attempts back up the mighty powers and things in the story with science and technology and it works, it works well.

I wasn’t a big fan of Amish Tripathi before reading this novel. But in his book he’s intervened few controversial and dark realities of contemporary Indian society. The book starts with a controversial premise which, has caused a lot of violence in the recent years. But the biggest of all is a key story arc in this book which clearly took inspiration from a real event happened a few years ago, which shook this country and the travesty of justice which followed in the name of law. I think he used his writing to tell the world what should have been done in his opinion, how justice should have been served. And I’ve the highest regard for Amish Tripathi for using his writing to express his views and opinions.

I look forward to read the next book in his Ramachandra series.