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Book Review: ‘My first prayer to Lord Ram’ By “Chitwan Mittal & Sarita Saraf”

Title: My first prayer to Lord Ram
Author: Chitwan MittalSarita Saraf
Illustrator: Aparajitha Vaasudev
Pages: 32
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher: AdiDev Press
Publication date: 01 January 2024
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

Chitwan Mittal holds an MA in Values in Education from the University of London. Actively involved in children’s education since 2005, she was part of the committee that established the Indian Institute of Teacher Education and the Children’s University by the Government of Gujarat, India. She is now foraying into the field of writing children’s picture books. Her books encourage engagement and diversity and focus on value-oriented education, bi-lingual learning, and South Asian culture. She lives between India and Singapore with her husband and two sons.

Sarita Saraf is a writer and an artist, with an intense passion for reading. Art has been central in her life which led her to work as a Graphic designer in an architectural firm for a few years. She has authored three monographs, Nachiketas, Socrates and Abraham Lincoln, and has recently translated Sri Aurobindos Hymns to the Mystic Fire in Hindi

Aparajitha Vaasudev is an illustrator, art director, graphic designer, and dancer who loves creating beauty no matter the medium she is working in. She loves the challenge of taking a project and transforming it into something that adds beauty and joy to the world and meaning to the viewer, something that elevates and inspires. She is an ardent devotee of art in all its forms and has unwavering faith in its potential to make a better world.

The second book in our best-selling Prayer series! Tulsidas’ classic prayer to Ram is a beautiful introduction to the character and qualities of this beloved Hindu figure. Our translation of the original Awadhi text is crafted especially for young readers. It includes word meanings and simple text as well as captivating illustrations that will keep them engaged!

Book Prelude..!!

To start my review blog, I remember the great words of “Maricha” spoke to Ravanasura during “Aranya Khanda” of Ramayana [Aranya Kandam 37-13]

रामो विग्रहवान् धर्मः साधुः सत्य पराक्रमः |
राजा सर्वस्य लोकस्य देवानाम् इव वासवः ||

“Rama is the embodiment of righteousness, he is an equable person with truthfulness as his valor, and as with Indra to all gods, he is the king of the entire world

Many eminent scholars and intellectuals glorified the Maryada Purushottam Shri Rama Chandra, the Incarnation of Vishnu. This book is about the illustrative depiction of “Shri Ram Stuti” also known as “Shri Ramachandra Kripalu” written and recited by Tulsidas five centuries ago in a mix of Sanskrit and Awadhi languages praising Shri Rāma and his characteristics to the best

My Views..!!

To benefit Kids and novices, authors Chitwan Mittal and Sarita Saraf gave a touch of pictorial representation and the meaning of every single word of Tulsidas composure. Aparajitha added her mastery of illustration skills to aggrandize the hymns and pumped positivity through this prayer. I am truly blessed to have picked this book and enabled myself to seek the blessings of the Ayodhyadhipathi Shri Shri Rama Chandra Prabhu.

Conclusion..!!

Not to miss the quality of this fabulous hard-bounded book with fantastic and illustrative images plus the detailed transliteration of the sloka word-by-word. A must-have book in every household especially to gift to this younger generation.

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