It will be released in hardcover, ebook and audiobook in the US and world on April 16, , in trade paperback in India on May 14, The book is already receiving rave reviews from critics and book bloggers. Details soon. Banker the Ramayana series impressively depicts the loyalties and rivalries of a huge cast while moving his enormous story at cinematic pace through scales personal, political, and cosmic. The story features some memorably epic battles. Readers familiar with Hindu mythology will find the foreshadowing enhances their anticipation of future installments.

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May Agnes Smith had been born and raised in Ceylon. When that country achieved independence, all other members of her family chose to claim British citizenship and either return to the UK or migrate to other countries. May Agnes was the only member of her family to move to India. She married Mr. The couple settled in the neighbourhood of Byculla in Mumbai , or Bombay as it was then known.

It was in the same house in Byculla that Banker grew up, under the care of his grandmother. He has mentioned in interviews how she not only encouraged him to write but even financed the publication of his first book, a collection of his poetry titled Ashes in the Dust of Time, which he self-published at age 15, and which was selected to represent Young India at the World Book Fair in Paris.

Among his first literary efforts was an ambitious play based on the Book of Revelations of St. John from the Bible, produced by Kelly and performed by Banker and other students at their high school auditorium, Hill Grange. The school itself was the alma mater of many prominent personalities. He identified himself with other minorities and his closest friends were Muslims, Parsis, Christians and Jews.

He took Persian and Urdu lessons for a time and even won a college-level prize for Urdu-Translation in collaboration with a Pakistani friend. Among his close friends were the son and daughter of the Rabbi of the Magen David Synagogue in Byculla, who also studied at the same high school.

He was earlier also known as a prolific reviewer and commentator on contemporary Indian literature , and as a candid essayist with a particular focus on media hypocrisy in India, and the western racial bias against South Asian writers.

His views often veered from the outright derogatory [17] to effusive praise. Literary contribution[ edit ] Banker is a contemporary Indian novelist often counted among the significant literary names in post-colonial Indian literature His work is the focus of several academic studies [18] for its cross-cultural themes and realistic portrayals of Indian urban issues. He is credited as having introduced Indian mythology to a new generation of readers with works that have been described as "better written than many books in the genre that followed", "well paced" and "breathes humanity into characters that most Indians consider deities.

This brings freshness to the old stories and makes their intricate, discursive narratives more accessible to an audience that has been bred on the linear plots of Hollywood and Bollywood movies.

First published in , Vertigo was highly praised by critics and readers alike at the time, including the late Dom Moraes. Three of his early novels to be published were crime thrillers , claimed to be the first written by an Indian novelist in English. They gained him widespread attention and still continue to be regarded with critical approval. Several of these genre publications have claimed that his was the first speculative fiction by an Indian author writing in English to be published.

Due to his early association with the scifi genres, his work is often found on several recommended reading lists and discussed in seminars, conventions, essays and books. His Gods of War was released by Penguin in His first novel though the fifth published Vertigo is about a man struggling to make a successful career and home life in Bombay the former name of Mumbai.

Byculla Boy takes its name from the Byculla suburb of Bombay where he and his mother grew up. Beautiful Ugly and the complementary documentary of the same title are a tribute to his mother, portraying the tragic events of her life. The series is ranked at No. In India, the Series continues to enjoy popularity and sales. It is often credited with being either directly or largely responsible for the current resurgence of interest in mythology.

It has been called "super-cool" The Hindu , "a milestone" India Today and "a magnificent labor of love" Outlook and appeared on most major recommended reading lists during its publication. The first series fiction to find such success in Indian publishing, it has since been followed by numerous imitators, spawning the burgeoning mythology genre. Subsequently, the series was telecast in over 30 countries worldwide and ran for half-hour episodes.

The creator of several dozen successful and award-winning advertising commercials, documentaries and docudramas, including the multiple award-winning Whose World Is It Anyway, for which he also wrote several original songs. Writing sporadically for television from the mid s onwards, Banker scripted over episodes of broadcast television for various series. He is also credited or thanked in numerous Hindi language feature films and at least one English-language animated films for his contributions to story, or script.

His work has been optioned for adaptation to television or film several times over the years, usually with Banker himself attached as screenwriter. He is reported to have several television shows in development and production, including the highly successful historical TV show Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat on Colors. His original English-language screenplay Sid is an inspired retelling of the life of Gautama Buddha reborn in present-day America; it was optioned in by Excel Entertainment to be produced and directed by Farhan Akhtar.

The film rights were purchased for development by Warner Bros in He has been credited as the author of the first ebook by an Indian author, the first online serial novel, the first multimedia novel, and numerous other early experiments with digital publishing. In response to increasing demand from his readers and the considerable delay by Indian publishers in embracing electronic publishing technologies, Banker began publishing and distributing ebook editions of his own work through his website and later through a dedicated ebookstore.


Ashok K Banker and Sachin Nagar Bring Ramayana to Comics With Prince of Ayodhya

Back in , DC Comics purchased an original graphic novel script of his called Becoming Kali and the film rights were purchased for development by Warner Bros the year afterwards. And Banker went on with his other films and novels, of which he has seen over seventy published in his long career. Now it seems he is returning to the medium of comics, from an Indian publisher this time, Campfire, with Prince of Ayodhya, an adaptation of the first book of his eight-part Ramayana series. He talked through the reductive process to the New Indian Express, saying of the original novels, "Keep in mind that each of those books is over pages long and is packed with incidents and events. I had to cut out several sub-plots and reduce the whole to about pages of illustrated panels with minimal dialogue and narration.



Muzuru Hi, Thx for your comment and sharing the link to your take on book His writing spans crime thrillers, essays, literary criticism, fiction and mythological retellings. Ramayana Series in Order — Ashok K. You may also check out my professional website, Alignmentor. His original English-language screenplay Sid is an inspired retelling of the life of Gautama Buddha reborn in present-day America; it was optioned in by Excel Entertainment to be produced and directed by Farhan Akhtar. I would love to see this on the screen any time soon. Ramayan Series by Ashok Banker: Next book it is!! I spoke to a few people about which books to read to gain understanding on these subjects.


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