Thavaasmi: A Journey of Self-Discovery Through the Ramayana
Thavaasmi: A Journey of Self-Discovery Through the Ramayana

Review: Thavaasmi – Sahitya Sparsh Award 2024

Thavaasmi: A Journey of Self-Discovery Through the Ramayana


Thavaasmi: A Journey of Self-Discovery Through the Ramayana by Srirama Chakradhar has been honored with the Sahitya Sparsh Award 2024 in the Self Help/Life Skills category. This enlightening book, authored by Srirama Chakradhar Rallabandi and Sarada Deepthi Amara, offers a unique perspective on life and skills through the lens of the Ramayana. It presents the timeless wisdom of this epic in a contemporary and accessible manner. The book, part of the Thavaasmi series, is structured as a dialogue between a father, Mr. Aditya, and his daughter, Thavaasmi, making it relatable and engaging for readers of all ages.

Comprehensive Analysis of Ramayana:

One of the standout features of Thavaasmi is its authentic and comprehensive analysis of each character, virtue, and situation in the Ramayana. The authors skillfully use Comparison Mirrors, Introspection Mirrors, Media Reporting, Character Presentation, Research questions, Now and then tasks, and contemporary relevance to help readers relate the epic to their own lives. This approach not only enhances understanding but also facilitates practical application and introspection.

Aesthetic Richness and Simplified Learning:

The book is aesthetically rich, featuring situational images that enhance the reader’s visual experience and aid in comprehension. Additionally, mind maps are used effectively to simplify complex concepts, making assimilation easy and enjoyable. This visual and interactive approach sets Thavaasmi apart, making it an engaging and effective tool for learning and reflection.

Practical Lessons for Daily Life:

Thavaasmi is not just a book; it is a journey that encourages readers to explore their cultural heritage and values. It presents a crisp and condensed version of Valmiki Ramayana, free from the embellishments of serials or fictional adaptations, making it an authentic and rewarding read. Furthermore, the book provides valuable insights into how the teachings of the Ramayana can be applied in our daily lives, offering practical lessons for both children and adults alike.

Engagement and Revisitation:

One of the most commendable aspects of Thavaasmi is the inclusion of activities and worksheets that allow readers to engage with the story on a deeper level. These activities not only enhance understanding but also encourage readers to revisit and savor the timeless tale of the Ramayana. By actively participating in the learning process, readers can internalize the lessons of the epic and apply them in their own lives.


In conclusion, Thavaasmi: Life and skills through the lens of Ramayana is a remarkable book that offers a fresh perspective on the ancient epic. The innovative presentation, insightful analysis, and practical applications make it a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and appreciating our rich cultural heritage. I applaud the authors for their creativity and look forward to more insightful works from them in the future. Thavaasmi is not just a book; it is a guide that can help readers navigate the complexities of life with wisdom and grace, drawing inspiration from the timeless teachings of the Ramayana.

Author Srirama Chakradhar – Winner of Sahitya Sparsh Award 2024

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