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On My Bookshelf: Ramayana: Divine Loophole

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While I was traveling this summer, I cam across this vibrant, modern book by Sanjay Patel. "Ramayana: Divine Loophole" is a illustrated interpretation of Ramayana, one of the two great Hindu epics. The illustrations have a certain familiarity to them, which was explained when I found out that Sanjay is an animator and story board artist for Pixar and has worked on now-classic kids' films like Monster, Inc., A Bug's Life, Cars, and more.

The price Ram is exiled to the jungle by his manipulative stepmother.

The prince Rama is exiled to the jungle by his manipulative stepmother.

Inspired by his first illustrated book "The Little Book of Hindu Deities," Sanjay decided to dive into the mythology of the Ramayana. It took him almost a year to read the three-thousand-page English-language adaptation by Ashok K. Banker. Enamored by the story and its message, Sanjay decided to interpret it the best way he knew how –– through illustration.

A shape-shifting demon tries to woo Rama, but he stays true to his love, Sita.

A shape-shifting demon tries to woo Rama, but he stays true to his love, Sita.

Whether you're well versed in Hindu scriptures or just a fan of stunning illustration, you'll enjoy perusing this color, graphic book. $20, Chronicle Books

p130

The back of the book includes an illustrated guide to animals,
demons, gods, and sages like Vishvamitra, Rama's spiritual guide.

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  • Hi Kevin,
    Beautiful book and illustrations. Have a wonderful weekend

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