The Ramayana For Children

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The Ramayana is one of the best-known epics in the world, the tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, who exiles himself to the forest for fourteen years to honour his father's word. In the forest, Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana meet new friends and strange foes, and each day brings new adventures. But their happy life is spoilt when Ravana of Lanka, the king of demons, abducts Sita. To rescue her Rama enlists the help of the monkey army. In that final battle, many heroes did and new ones are born.

In this vividly told, vibrant version for children, the ancient epic takes on a new life. The traditional ingredients are all there - adventure and experiment, love and war, and an infinite number of stories within stories; as are the traditional characters - monkeys who cross oceans and carry mountains, shape-changing demons and monsters. But it is rendered contemporary by the freshness and vitality of Bulbul Sharma's retelling, and by the zany and exuberant illustrations by K.P. Sudesh, one of the most compelling young artists of today.

About the Author:

K.P Sudesh completed his post-graduation from the College of Art, Delhi. He has exhibited at the National Exibition of Art at the Lalit Kala Akademi, AIFACS and the Indian international Centre. He has won several awards from, among others, the National Museum, the Sahitya Kala Parishad, AIFACS and the College of Art, Delhi. His work can be found in the Cottage Industries Exposition, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and in private collections across the world.

Babul Sharma is an artist and a writer. She also works as an art teacher for children with special needs. She has written a novel, Banana-flower Dreams, three collections of short stories, and Tales of Fabled Beasts, God and Demons for children.

CONTENTS
THE BIRTH OF RAMA 1
TATAKA 4
MAREECHA AND SUBHAHAU 11
SITA 14
AHALYA 15
THE SWAYAMVAR 17
DASHRATH'S PLAN 20
THE PLOT 21
THE CURSE 27
THE BANISHMENT 30
IN THE FOREST 37
DASHRAT'S DEATH 41
INTO THE WILD 51
PANCHAVATI 56
SOORPANAKHA 61
KHARA'S REVENGE 64
IN RAVANA'S COURT 67
MAREECHA 72
THE GOLDEN DEER 74
THE ABDUCTION 81
THE SEARCH FOR SITA 87
KABANDHA 91
THE MONKEY CLANS 96
KISHKINDA 105
THE SEARCH BEGINS 107
HANUMAN IN LANKA 113
PREPARING FOR WAR 128
CROSSING THE OCEAN 132
BEFORE THE BATTLE 136
THE FIRST BATTLE 138
KUMBHAKARAN 143
INDRAJIT 147
RAVANA 152
RETURN TO AYODHYA 157
THE SECOND BANISHMENT 162
AT VALMIKI'S ASHRAM 167
THE ASHWAMEDHA HORSE 171
BACK AT THE ASHRAM 172
RAMA AND HIS SONS 176
AFTERWORD 182