ISBN 9789350298176,The Vigil

The Vigil


Sarah Joseph


Harper Perennial

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ISBN 9789350298176

Harper Perennial

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789350298176

ISBN-10 9350298171


Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)


Most writers favor Raman in their interpretation of Valmikis original poem narrating the story of the epic battle between the virtuous hero and his nemesis, Ravanan. But this novel is about the turbulent journey of Angadan, who believes that Raman killed his father Vali against all principles of dharma. Angadan is acutely aware of the silent sufferings of women which find no expression in the Ramayana. In his view, Rams act of forcing his wife to undergo the fire-ordeal in the name of raja dharma is against all sense of justice and fair play embedded in the human heart. In this novel, Angadan is the solitary thinker who is able to see what the others are blind to or choose to ignore.

In The Vigil, the familiar rhythm of the original poem is disturbed by the touch of Angadans ascetic touch. It is a new beginning, new path, a new way of understanding the grand old story.