Scion of Ikshvaku

The ‘Scion of Ikshvaku’ is the fourth book of writer Amish Tripathi. Or it could be the fourth book which I am going to read. Previously he had published a trilogy ‘Shiva Trilogy’ where there is a completely fictional and reasonable explanation of why a normal person called Shiva was later celebrated as a God. Similarly this book ‘Scion of Ikshvaku’ reads as a Ram Chandra Series. This is most likely a book which will portrait the journey of lord Ram.

The title however is a pretty tacky one. A normal person can never tell it talks about Lord Ram. It is so because it contains of this two words. The word ‘scion’ despite of being a English word is still a pretty unorthodox one. It means descendant or in some scenarios, it also means someone who came from riches (A certain someone who was born with a silver spoon). And the second word ‘Ikshvaku’ is not a English word but is a name of a certain person. Ikshvaku was the first king of the Ikshvaku dynasty and the Kingdom of Kosala in ancient India. Later King Dasarath the ‘chakrabarti samrat’ or the unrivaled emperor united majority of lands under his rule. And Lord Ram was the first son of king Dasharath. Therefore the title talks about Lord Ram which is encrypted as a descendant of his ancestor Ikshvaku.

The characters in the book are similar to the character of the epic ‘Ramayan’ with only a few changes or add on. The myth often describes many characters as divine or demonic by their body shapes. In myths we have characters with animal like body parts or multiple limbs and several other features. Amish however tackled this portion by portraying them as deformities. The elephant face of Ganesh was described as a deformity where the character had a abnormal and elongated nose. Amish morphed the myths into separate realistic events. That makes his  writings worthy of the Reality rift as they are a hacks in themselves.

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