My involvement with
poetry-writing, that has been dear to me, is almost for forty
years by now – writing poems for children on a variety of
topics and for elders on matters religious. I am happy to state
that these have generally been well received by poetry-lovers.
I am gratified by the encouragement given to me by the various
websites, poemhunter.com, kavitanjali.com, hangtide.com, ndtv.com,
One day, I received a message
from Mrs. Shanta Mohan of kavitanjali.com suggesting that I should
write more on the wealth of ancient literature of India. This
prompted me to take up first Ramayana, based on Poet Valimiki.
Each episode was posted in kavitanjali.com website with a special
coverage on my page “World of Rajaram.” I am deeply
indebted to Mrs. Shanta Mohan (Chennai) and Mr.Jag Sastry (Canada),
the Chief Architects of kavitanjali.com website.
I have presented RAMAYANA
in a quick and easily readable manner, omitting several detailed
descriptions of the characters, their actions and thought processes
and so on – interested readers must look elsewhere for these
excellent features of the epic.
There are a few minor deviations
between Valmiki and other authors, for instance there is no mention
of a Lakshman Rekha in Valmiki, but I have brought it in. There
may be a few more such variations. By and large, however, I have
kept the sequence of events as described by Valmiki. Readers will
please bear with me for any omissions or other departures that
may have inadvertently crept in. I would welcome any constructive
criticism and suggestions for improvement in future.
Sri Sri Sitaram Seva Trust
printed 1000 copies of this book and distributed the same through
the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, Juhu, Mumbai, for which I am grateful
to His Grace Bhima Das and His Grace Pancharatna Das
I am also thankful to Shri
P.V. Vasudevan, IRAS and Shri R, Ganesan, IPS (Postal), who gave
finishing touch to this work, with their constructive suggestions.
Dated, 25th June, 2004
President of India, Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Rashtrapati
Bhavan, New Delhi.
you for your letter and sending therewith a copy of your
book of verses “The Essence of Ramayana”. I
have gone through the book. The chapter “Bharata goes
to the forest” is indeed moving and very well composed.
wishes to you.
Goswami, GBC and BBT Trustee
of Ramayana in simple verses would become popular in course
of time. Your long association in the services of Lord Krishna
and Srila Prabhupada has made this possible and you should
continue to serve like this for the advancement of your
spiritual life. May He guide you to write more for the reading
pleasure of generations to come.
His Grace Bhima
Das, President, ISKCON-Mumbai
I went through your poems on the Ramayan
and I like it very much. I am wondering how you put so much
time into this work. It is a nice engagement and whoever
reads it I am sure will like it very much.
His Grace Brajhari Das, Temple President,
I am glad to go through the story of
"Ramayana" written by shri Rajaram, ISKCON-Mumbai
in simple poetry form. The verses have been written in simple
words and can be easily understood by any reader. Each line
is well composed and the role of each character is well
defined. I would strongly advise every lover of Indian art
and culture, particularly young school children, to read
this book for its simplicity and fine presentation of the
great epic story.
His Grace Pancharatna Das, President,
This compilation of poems on Ramayana
is very good. The flow of the matter is very beautiful.
Whoever reads this poetic Ramayana Book, he will definitely
forget all the anxieties of this material world.
His Grace Kalakantha Das, Alachua,
I have read the entire book with pleasure.
I also reviewed some of your other poems on the websites
mentioned (poemhunter.com, hangtide.com, kavitanjali.com).
I especially enjoyed some of the humorous compositions.
You are quite prolific! You have taken a very practical
approach by summarizing lengthy prose sections of the Ramayana
to pithy verses. This adds to the pleasure of reading, as
one can gain a summary in relatively little time…..I
am hardly in a position to comment on the work of such an
accomplished poet as your goodself.
Her Grace Lalita Devi Dasi, B.A.,
It is not so easy to write Ramayan in
poetry form and this is your grand achievement. The narration
part of each character has been done in simple and strong
words. The poems are rhythmic and meaningful.
Dr. U. Srinivasa Raghavan, Secretary,
Postal Service Board, New Delhi.
I have gone through the Ramayana written
by you in English in verse form. I enjoyed reading your
poetry thoroughly. You have brought out the entire essence
of Ramayana in simple language, easily understandable by
any one. I congratulate you for this great venture. I look
forward for reading your new collections of poetry.
Mr. Ray Hanger of hangtide.com,
A man’s belief is a man binding
to the soul. I believe the more you know of other cultures,
religion, the better you can get along with your neighbours.
World peace will happen when all nations understand and
hold no bias but respect each others beliefs. The world
is filled with cultural illiteracy. You left a masterpiece
that should be recognized. I loved reading your episodes.
Poetess Sandra Fowler, Litt.D, West
Ramayana is like a rich tapestry of heroic
figures locked into an epic struggle between good and evil.
R. Rajaram paints these vivid word pictures with skill and
simplicity. His verses flow musically through the tastefully
decorated pages of this elegant book. Even though I do not
share the faith of the poet, I can appreciate the long creative
hours involved in bringing these ancient stories to life
with a clarity that has not only music but meaning for the
average reader. R. Rajaram is an excellent artisan of letters.
I congratulate him for his noble achievement.
Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, Bharatiya
Vidya Bhavan, Mysore
I have browsed through the book and it
seems interesting. People may write prose with ease, but
writing poetry is a difficult but gifted job. You have achieved
this difficult task with grace. The narration is rhythmic,
simple and captivating. The apt phrases you have used with
alliteration and metaphors make a deep impression on the
mind of the readers. I just chanced to read p.26-27 where
you have brought to our mind’s eye the unique character
of Manthara. Your description of Ravana (p.142) is really
poignant. Thus every page is highly meaningful. I enjoyed
reading your poems and congratulate you on this unique Ramayana
To put an epic into a capsule is really
a Herculean task which Sri Rajaram has done with dedicated
efforts. His endeavour is praise worthy. I wish him success
in other such creative projects too.
Mr. Paul L. Love, Director, Ph.D.,
Study Centre for Indian Literature in English and Translation
(SCILET), The American College, Madurai
This will acknowledge our receipt of
your volume Ramayana (Simple Poems) which you have kindly
sent to SCILET at American College in Madurai. This volume
will find a place on the shelves of the library of our Study
Circle, where it will be read and enjoyed by our library
members. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sending this
good book of poems to us.
Mohan, Team Member, Kavitanjali.com
feel your retelling of the Ramayana would become quite popular
in course of time. May be when you have finished it, you
will publish it in book form. This is another service you
are doing to the Lord. May He guide you to write lots of
more for the reading pleasure of generations to come.
Shri V.S. Sundara Rajan, Author
of several Tamil Novels, Bangalore
I found your “Ramayana” quite
simple, like what we presently call ‘Vachana Kavithai’—simple
sentences with well known words—needing no dictionary
to find out the meaning—a mark of your work. Even
primary school children will find it easy to go through
and understand what is “Ramayana.” You have
almost covered the important events—especially the
ones which reveals the high qualities of Rama, Bharath etc.
I agree with our President Shri Abdul Kalam’s comment
in the Chapter—Bharata goes to the forest. The prayer
song in the book is revealing.
Shri V. Sivswamy, a Retd. Railway
Officer, Sportsman, and Well wisher, Hyderabad.
I have read, that to make big story small
is a tough job. You have taken up the challenge of shortening
24,000 slokas of Valmiki to a small number. What to omit
would be the problem. In this situation you have taken some
attention and pains to give details even in the smaller
version. Poetical descriptions of Valmiki would have to
be omitted, even then the task is huge.
Shri K Ganesan, B.E., A.M.I.E.,
(Ind), Retd. E.E., PWD, Pudukkottai
I have gone through the book. The contents
are excellent. You deserve all praises for having brought
out this precious book.
Shri T.S. Sriraman, Head Master,
The Hindu Higher Secondary School, Triplicane, Chennai.
Your best work on Ramayana is an effective
presentation of a great “Epic” in the verse
form. An innovative effort indeed! I am sure divine inspiration
and dedication have made your task look easy. Deserved to
be kept in every school library. As an old student, we are
proud of your progress in the chosen field.
Shri N. Balasubramanian, President,
Shree Ram Satsang, Andheri (W), Mumbai
We, as an Organization, is privileged
and consider ourselves lucky to be in contact with such
a noble person like you, whom Lord Rama has empowered with
greatest mental strength to continue to serve Him in your
own way. We pray to Lord Shree Ramachandra to give you greater
strength to pursue your activities.
We have hosted Shri R. Rajaram among
12 Bhagavathars chosen for our fourth Bhajanothsavam and
felicitation function held on 23rd October 2005 to honour
him for his mighty contribution to the cause of Namasankeerthana.
He was awarded a shield and memento in recognition of his
good work on Ramayana written in simple English verses,
which has been published by Sri Sri Sitaram Seva Trust,
Juhu, Mumbai and read by everyone with devotion and keen
The great Mahabharata
War is supposed to have taken place in the year 3139 BC at Kurukshetra,
India, according to one set of research sholars. Another set placed
it between 950 BC and 1500 BC. It is the biggest classic ever
composed by humanity, several times more than the Illiad and the
Odyssey of the Poet Homer.
by the successful launching of the book Ramayana, I took up writing
the next book Krishna Leela in easily readable English verses.
It briefly tells the story of Lord Krishna and His Leela, based
on the book Krishna written by Srila Sri Prabhupada, the Founder
Acharya of Hare Krishna movement in the International Society
of Krishna Conscience (ISKCON).