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|Ramayana: Divine Loophole
By Sanjay Patel
Review:The Ramayana is a legendary book—not just in terms of content but in terms of sheer size. The story has been told and retold over a 2,000 history. And so developing a new re-telling of this epic book might be daunting unless you’re Sanjay Patel.
Patel has worked for Pixar for many years and his contemporary illustrations were what drew me to the book in the first place. Most Hindu spiritual stories are terribly illustrated—and even more poorly organized. Patel’s background in the animation world prepared him to tackle this enormous project and do it successfully.
Patel makes the story accessible and gives readers of every faith something interesting to learn about humanity and our inherent spiritual conflicts with one another. It feels like a good friend has decided to tell you his favorite story using his favorite medium. It’s hard not to finish it.
Patel’s work is light and accessible but without compromising the importance of the source work. That’s what eventually made me a fan of Patel and eager to buy his next book.
Excerpt from Interview with Sanjay Patel (from Amazon.com)
Q: How did you get started working at Pixar?
Q: Describe your creative process. How do you create your illustrations?
Q: How long did it take you to create the scenes in the book?