Hapless Sita is the prisoner of the king of rakshasas, Ravana. To win her back, Rama and his loyal vanar friend Hanuman have assembled a vast army. Desperate, and using only their wits and their bare hands, they must build a rock bridge across the ocean to reach Lanka. Even as they toil, Sita is sentenced to death by her captors. Her only hope now lies with Hanuman. Meanwhile, Hanuman discovers the shocking secret of his true identity, and his faith in Rama triggers extraordinary new powers. He is quickly despatched to Lanka, to the homeland of the rakshasa demon race, in one final attempt to rescue Rama's beloved and to prevent a terrible, tragic war. The original Ramayana was written in Sanskrit by a reformed thief- turned-sage named Valmiki, possibly as long ago as 2,000 B.C.
Ashok Banker is 38, a full-time writer living in Bombay.