Aubrey Menen’s place in the Indian English literary canon has largely been forgotten. Even in the rare, flattering mention, he’s described as a. Books by AUBREY MENEN. THE RAMA YANA. DEAD MAN IN THE SILVER MARKET. THE DUKE OF GALLODORO. THE BACKWARD BRIDE. Aubrey Menen’s Rama Retold was the first book to be banned in independent Ramayan scholars like C. Rajagopalachari dismissed Menen’s.

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In all, I ramqyana I like the sub-plots and the obvious rebellion to the religious narratives – however, its just only one ramaynaa those books which would not stretch too deep into your minds but leave you with just a smirk! So, his indecision or maybe my incomprehension left the ends ramayaan – these philosophical trysts between the author and the subject in a state of ambiguity. After tracking them with the help of Hanuman, a Monkey King-like character, and besieging the city of Lanka, Rama wins back Sita and returns home to take the throne and usher in a period of just rule, though later additions to the story have him banishing Sita because of untrue gossip that she yielded her chastity to Ravana.

Aubrey Menen’s ‘Rama Retold’ tells us to laugh at the Ramayana. No wonder it’s still banned

When in independent India first decided to outlaw an English novel, its author was only a little anguished.

Though all the critical elements of the story are present — Dasharatha and his three queens, Manthara’s machinations, Rama’s exile, Sita’s abduction to Lanka, the war, and Rama’s triumphal return to Ayodhya — Menen’s tone is irreverent and satirical.


My job in life is to write books, not chew the cud over them. Dasaratha himself is a dissolute and lecherous old man, and Rama is an earnest and well-meaning, but rather naive and none-too-bright young man, given to noble gestures and grand sounding sentiments, the meaning of which he himself does not fully grasp.

In some sense when you start to read a book called the ‘Ramayana’ you have an entire childhood of sketchy memories and ages of religious dictum with which to approach the story. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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Dec 01, Om Datt rated it it was amazing. Hard to miss, but unfortunately, I never saw him. An okay read, as the narration isn’t that gripping. The Prevalence of Witches takes place in an uncivilized area of India which he calls ” Limbo “, possibly an homage to the mnen Limbo by Aldous Huxley whom he explicitly acknowledges in the book as one of the greatest writers of his time. But their ‘generals’ have no idea how to proceed, and Lanka is too well-defended though behind the scenes there too, chaos and incompetence rule.

Nobody in the great epic is spared. The epilogue is fantastic, a good observation on the caste system of India. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. It is extremely difficult to review impartially with such baggage about the story and the book.

I gave the 3 star rating because Amazon won’t let aubrsy post this review otherwise! If this will be your fist time studying Ramayana, this book is a good place to start. He is a pugilist of common sense.


Found the writing a bit too tedious. For instance, ramayanw the parts about the gods and goddesses are removed from the storyline, making is a fully human story. THAT is a book that really deserves to be reprinted.

The characters are all apparently avatars for the various qualities they possess–loyalty, chastity, rajayana. Kathryn rated it liked it Jul 16, Heaven was a place much better than Rome. The lesson he derives is that: English satirists births deaths. I am hesitant to give more details on aubey the transition form Ramayana to stories nenen by Valmiki are beautifully sometimes ever sarcastically woven.

The few good ones and the many more that could have been Dark is Divine: His efforts to ” secularise a religious book ” seemed like the natural course to take in the fledgling republic, but this endeavour, according to Menen himself, was nipped in the bud by an uncertain Jawaharlal Nehru who was “afraid of being criticised.

Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third.

The Ramayana as told by Aubrey Menen

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Certainly this is in part fictionalizing and re-writing or even re-interpreting parts of it. Gourab rated it really liked it Aug 24,