Briefly Noted: Ramayana – The Divine Loophole

When Prof. Matthew Herbst mentioned that this was the most kick ass book he had ever recommened in his teaching career, I had to read it. This is a short retelling of Ramayana by Sanjay Patel, a Pixar animator. The book is heavy on graphics and has short paragraphs of text on each page. Though the book is short and quick,  it took him four years to illustrate this book  and that labor of joy is seen on each page;  the style is quite different from the Amar Chitra Katha style we have got used to. Sanjay never lived in India, but grew up with Ramayana due to his parents. So he treats it with reverence and does not do a Nina Paley on it. He is also the author of another book The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow

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