Ramayana – An Ancient Indian Epic

One of the “Best Audio books of 2017” – The Times, UK
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In December 2011, during our Christmas break, my brother, Shreyas and I were talking to our mum about some of the work we had done during the term. My brother had just done a project on Hinduism where the main focus was the Ramayana story. While he was telling us about it, I realized I did not really know much about the Ramayana, although I did remember a play that I did in Year 1, in which I played Hanuman, complete with the tail! So I read several versions of the epic, and found the story fascinating. However, I found that some of the books were really complicated, and some were just too simple. We felt that we should write a version that was ‘just right’ for children our age. We have written over sixty versions over the last five years!

We hope you enjoy reading / listening to our retelling of The Ramayana! – Ayur Pulle

 

Reviews

“Effortless narration”

Reviewed By: Dr Nandakumara, Executive Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London on 1/10/2018

Format: Audio Download

I have listened to the audiobook on the Ramayana narrated by Ayur and Shreyas Pulle. As someone who has been studying the Ramayana for over fifty years, this comes as a breath of fresh air, especially in a language easily digested by youngsters. The effortless narration and simple message of the Epic is beautifully conveyed. I congratulate Neelima Penumarthy and her children Ayur and Shreyas Pulle. I recommend this to youngsters.

“Clean and classy”

Reviewed By: Radhika Iyer, Chief UK Correspondent, NDTV, London on 09/04/2018

Format: Audio Download

Ayur and Shreyas have reflected the ‘no nonsense’ attitude of the youth today. In their simplified version of the Ramayana, they have omitted the unpleasant part of Trial by Fire of Goddess Sita by Lord Rama after he rescues her from Lanka. The narration is clean, sincere and almost flawless.

“Laconic, colourful phrasings and crystal-clear enunciation”

Reviewed By: Christina Hardyment –  The Times on 24/11/2017

Format: Audio Download

“Like lion cubs, the little princes played . . . Ravana’s ten heads swung towards his generals . . . Kumbhakarna stomped on to the battlefield, flinging a dead elephant as if it was a toy.” Laconic, colourful phrasings and crystal-clear enunciation make Ayur and Shreyas Pulle’s retelling of the epic story of how Lord Rama rescues his wife, Sita, from the demon king Ravana ring on in the mind. Good for adults and children.

“Very good book overall would highly recommend”

Reviewed By: Diya (13 yrs) and Aadi (9 yrs) on 27/8/2016

Ratings: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Format: Audio Download

This book was very well spoken which made the story a lot more lively. The characters were very well formulated and it is very enjoyable to listen to and is informative at the same time. Very good book overall would highly recommend 🙂

“Excellent”

Reviewed By: Om Muthukumar on 28/8/2016

Ratings: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Format: Audio Download

The audio book itself is nothing short of an excellent attempt to convert a complex and often perplexing Indian myth into something one can listen to and comprehend. It is concise and very much to the point whilst covering all the important aspects. I would recommend this to people of all ages for a simple but effective perception on the myth Ramayana.

“Beautifully rewritten and narrated by two brothers”

Reviewed By: P. Starns on 26/09/2017

Ratings: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Format: Audio Download

Ramayana: An Ancient Indian Epic rewritten and narrated by brothers Ayur Pulle and Shreyas Pulle is a delight. Their enthusiasm and passion for the story shines through their exquisite reading and brings the story alive. Highly recommended. – Philippa Starns, Audio Manager UK Spafax – British Airways Audio.

“A very fine narration”

Reviewed By: Pat Goldstone on 30/11/2016

Ratings: 5.0 out of 5 stars

As a non-Hindu, I found learning about Lord Rama interesting and enjoyable. The work was well constructed and seems suitable for youngsters and teenagers. The voices were distinctive, expressive and well articulated. The music was appropriate and non intrusive and an excellent choice to accompany the story.

“Ramayana brought to life”

Reviewed By: Stanley on 08/12/2016

Ratings: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Shreyas and Ayur Pulle’s honest re-telling of the Ramayana ancient Indian epic poem is an accessible and engaging listen, bringing to life the struggles of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. In its original form, the Ramayana is one of the largest ancient epics in world literature consisting of nearly 24,000 verses. However, the Pulle brothers ensure that the listener can easily follow the plot of this undeniably complex story with its many characters, kingdoms and divine beings. The use of music to create atmosphere and aid the listener’s transportation into the world of the story worked well but could have been developed further as a tool to engage the listener and allow the plot some space to breathe. Overall, an interesting and informative listen for anyone interested in the origins of Diwali.

Lovely production for all the members of the family

Reviewed By: Susan K. on 10 Dec. 2016

Ratings: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Format: Audio Download

The audio book was a delight to listen to as for my 5 years old daughter, so for myself. Well done, to the narrators and script writers! The presentation is accessible and interesting to all the age groups.
I would very much recommend any parent to get one of these as an alternative to screen time either at home or on long journeys. The life of Rama can be source of inspiration and encouragement today just as much as it was hundreds of years ago. Discussing the story line and the moral and ethical dilemma of the characters with your children can be invaluable in encouraging them in developing mindfulness.

My first Ramayana ever! Loved it

Reviewed By: PM on 6 Nov. 2016

Ratings: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Format: Audio Download

My first Ramayana ever! Very exciting to learn about the Indian culture within an hour. There are some tricky words which my 10 year old sister wrote down and looked up in the dictionary. It was good for her. I was intrigued by how the characters specially Ram, Sita, Hanuman, Laxman all came alive in the chapters with real voices and emotions. Our grandma also listened with us and was really impressed that all factual details were kept intact in the narration. I would recommend it for children and adults of any nationality if they want to learn about the Ramayana. If you hear and read this you won’t need any other book. Sana (13 years), Kriti (10 years)

Excitement of the ancients told by the young

Reviewed By: Llyn Parrog on 16 May 2017

Ratings: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Format: Kindle Edition

This presentation of Ramayana has the youthful excitement of thrilling stories written and told with joy by two teenage brothers, Shreyas and Ayur Pulle. Their selection of the well-loved tales of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, is skillful, avoiding complications while being true to the spirit of the epic.
The authors’ diction is very clear, bringing to life for us the personalities of both male and female characters. Listeners of all ages, from 8 to 80, can sit back, relax – and be enthralled.