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A 21st century retelling of a 2500-year old story

One of Hindu mythology''s best-loved and most enduring tales gets a modern touch:
Artist and veteran Pixar animator Sanjay Patel lends a lush, whimsical illustration style and lighthearted voice to one of Hindu mythology''s best-loved and most enduring tales. Teeming with powerful deities, love-struck monsters, flying monkey gods, magic weapons, demon armies, and divine love, Ramayana: Divine Loophole tells the story of Rama, a god-turned-prince, and his quest to rescue his wife Sita after she is kidnapped by a demon king.

• Illustrated tale features over 100 colorful full-spread illustrations, a detailed pictorial glossary of the cast of characters who make up the epic tale, and sketches of the work in progress
• An ancient mythology with timeless, essential and meaningful themes
• Sanjay Patel is the author of The Little Book of Hindu Deities while an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, he worked on numerous films, including Monsters, Inc. ; A Bug''s Life; Toy Story 2; Ratatouille; The Incredibles; and Toy Story 3. His short film Sanjay''s Super Team was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

Fans of Sanjay Patel''s The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow and Ganesha''s Sweet Tooth will be entranced by the images and story in Ramayana: Divine Loophole. Fans who love Greek mythology, Celtic mythology, roman mythology, Chinese mythology, and mythological creatures books will enjoy this timeless story from another ancient culture.

From princesses in peril to gripping battles, scheming royals, and hordes of bloodthirsty demons, Ramayana: Divine Loophole is the ultimate adventure story presented with an unforgettably modern touch.

• Great book for the entire family to enjoy together
• An engaging way to teach children about Hindu mythology

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Artist and veteran Pixar animator Sanjay Patel lends a lush, whimsical illustration style and lighthearted voice to one of Hindu mythology''s best-loved and most enduring tales. Teeming with powerful deities, love-struck monsters, flying monkey gods, magic weapons, demon armies, and divine love, Ramayana tells the story of Rama, a god-turned-prince, and his quest to rescue his wife Sita after she is kidnapped by a demon king. This illustrated tale features over 100 colorful full-spread illustrations, a detailed pictorial glossary of the cast of characters who make up the epic tale, and sketches of the work in progress. From princesses in peril to gripping battles, scheming royals, and hordes of bloodthirsty demons, Ramayana is the ultimate adventure story presented with an unforgettably modern touch.


Q&A with Author and Illustrator Sanjay Patel

Q: What was your inspiration to tell this story?

Patel: Well I finally read the thing. I mean I suck at reading and everything. But I came across a great adaptation of the Ramayana by an author named Ashok Banker. I actually discovered the book via Nina Paley''s blog. She''s the one woman force behind Sita Sings the Blues, the feature length animated work about the same subject. After reading a few pgs on Amazon I ordered the first book by Mr. Banker which weighed in at over five hundred pgs. Keep in mind that was just book one of a seven part series. I just read and read and the thing slowly unlocked. And what I found was an ancient mythology with themes and symbols that were timeless and essential. Really meaningful stuff all wrapped up in a visually rich world of epic adventure. The story was just begging to be illustrated.

Q: How did you get started working at Pixar?

Patel: The only thing I was ever good at was copying drawings from comic books. I just drew, and nothing could ever get me to stop. All throughout school I was considered "the artist," which really just meant that I could make really bad drawings for people’s letterman jackets. A friend told me about Cal-Arts and animation. The school was the key. Most of Pixar’s directors have come straight out of Cal-Arts and its character animation program. I just walked in their footsteps and they ended up recruiting me after my second year. I''ve been at Pixar ever since, close to thirteen years now.

Q: Describe your creative process. How do you create your illustrations?

Patel: Once I have a concrete idea of the story point that I want to communicate, which is usually nailed down in the writing, I then think of one “story telling image. For instance, it''s a big story point when Hanuman, the monkey with special powers, uses his burning tail to set fire to the Ravana''s capital city. Since this story has been told many times before I try and research what visual artist have done previously to communicate this moment. Here I pulled together reference from paintings and from vintage comics.

Click on the image to learn more about Patel''s creative process and see more example illustrations.



Q: How long did it take you to create the scenes in the book?

At one point the illustrations were getting churned out at about one every two and half days. I was at a good clip till I decided to redo the entire book three times. I kept fighting with trying to make the art light hearted and cute, but the story was anything but that. The Ramayana is pretty dramatic and graphic, and I eventually found a style and voice that captured those things. It only took me four years.

Q: Which characters in the Ramayana did you have the most fun illustrating?

Patel: I can doodle Ravana the ten-headed demon king in my sleep at this point. I also love sketching Hanuman and Rama. They both have really fun shapes to fiddle with. The cover of the book was actually a blast, it was probably the last illustration I did.

Some of Sanjay''s Favorites:

Favorites Illustrator(s)
Marc Boutavant
J Otto Seibold
Saul Steinberg
William Steig
Ronald Searle
Richard Scarry
Martin & Alice Provenson
Mary Blair
Charley Harper
M. Sasek
T. Biskup
Lewis Trondheim


Favorite movie(s)
Back to the Future
Amelie
The Wrong Trousers
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Mission
Raising Arizona
Princess Mononoke
Dumbo
Abyss
Bottle Rocket



Favorite band(s)
That''s a toss up between and


Favorite restaurant(s)
Usually places that serve french fries and hot sauce.


Favorite book(s)
Phoenix Karma by Osamu Tezuka:
Calvin & Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson
Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan



About the Author

Sanjay Patel is the author of The Little Book of Hindu Deities and is an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on numerous films, including Monsters, Inc.; A Bug''s Life; Toy Story 2; Ratatouille; The Incredibles; and Toy Story 3. He has also worked on The Simpsons for Fox and with legendary cartoonist John K., creator of Ren and Stimpy.

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Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2016
I have 2 kids who haven''t learned much about their Indian heritage and I was trying to find a way to introduce them to the mythologies and stories of India. After doing some research, I found out about Sanjay Patel and his work, so I went ahead and ordered Ramayana: Divine... See more
I have 2 kids who haven''t learned much about their Indian heritage and I was trying to find a way to introduce them to the mythologies and stories of India. After doing some research, I found out about Sanjay Patel and his work, so I went ahead and ordered Ramayana: Divine Loophole.

Let me tell you - this was so much more than I ever expected. My kids (and my wife!) were mesmerized by the way the story was presented, and I can''t speak enough about the artwork. My kids begged me, each night, to read more from the book. They would race through dinner and brush their teeth in record time just so we had more time to read. This is a testament to the quality of this book.
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Great Intro to the Epic for a Western Reader
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2019
I have been seeking accessible resources for my middle school social studies classroom on Hinduism and this is a great introduction to an important epic. It is very easy to read and understand; its illustrations are fantastic (reminiscent of Samurai Jack); and, perhaps best... See more
I have been seeking accessible resources for my middle school social studies classroom on Hinduism and this is a great introduction to an important epic. It is very easy to read and understand; its illustrations are fantastic (reminiscent of Samurai Jack); and, perhaps best of all, it provides a good primer toward the back on key deities and figures contained within the story for more context. Patel presents the story and figures with care and it leaves me wanting to read/learn more about the original text.
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What a beautiful book - the artwork is fantastic!
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2017
I first bought this book last year for my then 2 year old. She enjoyed looking at the pictures and it was a great segue into a discussion about "tricky people". Now that she''s almost 3.5 years old, I''ve started reading her bits and pieces of the story. There are... See more
I first bought this book last year for my then 2 year old. She enjoyed looking at the pictures and it was a great segue into a discussion about "tricky people". Now that she''s almost 3.5 years old, I''ve started reading her bits and pieces of the story. There are some issues with the mythological correctness of the story (having grown up reading the original Tulsicharit Ramayan)...but on the whole this is a great book to introduce the story to your kids.

I liked the artwork so much that it''s become one of my favorite books to gift - I''ve bought copies for my sibling''s kids and several of my friends'' kids.
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Beautiful story and beautiful art
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2017
We received this as a gift and I thought it would be too advanced for my 3 year old. However, he loves it and we''re on our third reading. I stop to explain concepts and use synonyms when we encounter new words, and it''s been a terrific learning experience. ("Scholar...... See more
We received this as a gift and I thought it would be too advanced for my 3 year old. However, he loves it and we''re on our third reading. I stop to explain concepts and use synonyms when we encounter new words, and it''s been a terrific learning experience. ("Scholar... or teacher; Demon... or monster" for example.) we gave a second copy as a gift. It''s split into Acts, so that''s a good concept to teach, too. And it''s interesting for adults too! And the artwork is superb. This is a fantastic book and worth every penny/minute.
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Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
This book brings the Ramayan to life in a way that is understandable, approachable, and thrilling. I am loving this book and so are my 8 & 3 year old kids. It’s broken up so that you get little bite sized pieces and it’s not at all overwhelming. The... See more
This book brings the Ramayan to life in a way that is understandable, approachable, and thrilling.

I am loving this book and so are my 8 & 3 year old kids. It’s broken up so that you get little bite sized pieces and it’s not at all overwhelming.

The art is fantastic, the writing is perfect.

You will not be disappointed.
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Great Introduction to the Ramayana for Kids
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2019
I have a mixed class of first, second and third graders, and they were smitten from the moment I opened the book. The highly stylized illustrations, the conversational style of the text, and of course the epic nature of the story itself all worked together to make this an... See more
I have a mixed class of first, second and third graders, and they were smitten from the moment I opened the book. The highly stylized illustrations, the conversational style of the text, and of course the epic nature of the story itself all worked together to make this an immediate classroom favorite. It''s such an important story in world literature, and a great introduction to some of the gods, demons and heroes from the traditions in that part of the world. Couldn''t have been happier with my choice of a introduction the the story. Just the right amount for us.
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A work of pure genius! Truly communicative to young (and old) minds. Thanks Sanjay!
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2014
I''m teaching Hindu mythology to my 2G class. From the very day I first brought Sanjay Patel''s RAMAYANA to class, my students have been nearly obsessed by it: they read it, want me to read it, pour over the artwork, copy the artwork, etc. Already the... See more
I''m teaching Hindu mythology to my 2G class.

From the very day I first brought Sanjay Patel''s RAMAYANA to class, my students have been nearly obsessed by it: they read it, want me to read it, pour over the artwork, copy the artwork, etc.

Already the book has be a delight for free reading and classroom art, true art projects in our literacy / art collaboration (after using Sanjay Patel''s 12 posters for 2 weeks, students selected their favorite pages from RAMAYANA and worked different techniques for the next two weeks), and is now being read in its entirety to the class (my students INSISTED!).

So as a doorway to an Indian classic for young persons (and old ones like me too), there''s simply nothing better!

(We do have a couple of books with "traditional" Indian art. My students are not drawn to it at all, considering it unattractive. But with Sanjay Patel''s illustrations? My students LOVE the stories! Me too!)
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I am in awe
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2018
This is one of those books that strike you with its creativity on every single page. The artwork is uniquely beautiful and does a fantastic job of accompanying the test. I have not only enjoyed the stunning artwork but also the narrative. As someone who was only... See more
This is one of those books that strike you with its creativity on every single page. The artwork is uniquely beautiful and does a fantastic job of accompanying the test. I have not only enjoyed the stunning artwork but also the narrative. As someone who was only peripherally familiar with the story, I feel like I now have a good sense of the Ramayana. I know it would not be an easy task but I hope the author narrates and illustrates Mahabharata as well.
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An amazing version of the Ramayana! Just WOW!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 12, 2020
We loved Sanjay Patel''s Disney Pixar short animation - ''Sanjay''s Superteam'' and only just found out he has written books... WOW! Stunning illustrations and a well written (child friendly) version of The Ramayana. My son absolutely loved it - we read it in one day and we had...See more
We loved Sanjay Patel''s Disney Pixar short animation - ''Sanjay''s Superteam'' and only just found out he has written books... WOW! Stunning illustrations and a well written (child friendly) version of The Ramayana. My son absolutely loved it - we read it in one day and we had a go at drawing our own versions of the characters. We are looking forward to read it tomorrow! - would be slightly nicer if the font size was slightly larger BUT an amazing book! Absolutely recommend!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 3, 2012
This is a beautiful book. It is visually captivating and every page is just gorgeous. If I have a criticism it is that the story is a bit too brief and could have been developed a bit more. However the author himself says in the introduction that he isn''t a fan of words,...See more
This is a beautiful book. It is visually captivating and every page is just gorgeous. If I have a criticism it is that the story is a bit too brief and could have been developed a bit more. However the author himself says in the introduction that he isn''t a fan of words, more of pictures, so it is perfectly in that mode ! I bought it to introduce the kids to an important part of their heritage and they love it. Would recommend to anyone interested either in hindu retelling for the modern age, or for the imagery.
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Sanjay Patel has a unique and memorable style of modern art
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 26, 2015
Wonderful illustrations by Sanjay Patel, with a unique grapich style look. The style is not for all the people.. Although is quite wonderful to see and notice the amount of dedication and hard work put in this wonderful book. Sanjay Patel has a unique and memorable style...See more
Wonderful illustrations by Sanjay Patel, with a unique grapich style look. The style is not for all the people.. Although is quite wonderful to see and notice the amount of dedication and hard work put in this wonderful book. Sanjay Patel has a unique and memorable style of modern art
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Really fun modern version - recommend it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2013
Delivered in good time scale, was what I was looking for, great for someone like me with no prior knowledge of these stories, good explanations if a little bit too basic but still alot of info delivered in a fun modern accessible way. Would be good for reading with kids...See more
Delivered in good time scale, was what I was looking for, great for someone like me with no prior knowledge of these stories, good explanations if a little bit too basic but still alot of info delivered in a fun modern accessible way. Would be good for reading with kids aswell I think, the illustrations are bright and fun.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 19, 2015
This is an amazing book, the way it is illustrated is simply beautiful. I was looking for a book on Ramayana that would appeal to my 5 year old son - what a result, we have been reading it every night, on his request. He loves going through the book too.
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A 21st century retelling of a 2500-year old story

One of Hindu mythology''s best-loved and most enduring tales gets a modern touch:
Artist and veteran Pixar animator Sanjay Patel lends a lush, whimsical illustration style and lighthearted voice to one of Hindu mythology''s best-loved and most enduring tales. Teeming with powerful deities, love-struck monsters, flying monkey gods, magic weapons, demon armies, and divine love, Ramayana: Divine Loophole tells the story of Rama, a god-turned-prince, and his quest to rescue his wife Sita after she is kidnapped by a demon king.

• Illustrated tale features over 100 colorful full-spread illustrations, a detailed pictorial glossary of the cast of characters who make up the epic tale, and sketches of the work in progress
• An ancient mythology with timeless, essential and meaningful themes
• Sanjay Patel is the author of The Little Book of Hindu Deities while an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, he worked on numerous films, including Monsters, Inc. ; A Bug''s Life; Toy Story 2; Ratatouille; The Incredibles; and Toy Story 3. His short film Sanjay''s Super Team was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

Fans of Sanjay Patel''s The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow and Ganesha''s Sweet Tooth will be entranced by the images and story in Ramayana: Divine Loophole. Fans who love Greek mythology, Celtic mythology, roman mythology, Chinese mythology, and mythological creatures books will enjoy this timeless story from another ancient culture.

From princesses in peril to gripping battles, scheming royals, and hordes of bloodthirsty demons, Ramayana: Divine Loophole is the ultimate adventure story presented with an unforgettably modern touch.

• Great book for the entire family to enjoy together
• An engaging way to teach children about Hindu mythology

Amazon.com Review

Artist and veteran Pixar animator Sanjay Patel lends a lush, whimsical illustration style and lighthearted voice to one of Hindu mythology''s best-loved and most enduring tales. Teeming with powerful deities, love-struck monsters, flying monkey gods, magic weapons, demon armies, and divine love, Ramayana tells the story of Rama, a god-turned-prince, and his quest to rescue his wife Sita after she is kidnapped by a demon king. This illustrated tale features over 100 colorful full-spread illustrations, a detailed pictorial glossary of the cast of characters who make up the epic tale, and sketches of the work in progress. From princesses in peril to gripping battles, scheming royals, and hordes of bloodthirsty demons, Ramayana is the ultimate adventure story presented with an unforgettably modern touch.


Q&A with Author and Illustrator Sanjay Patel

Q: What was your inspiration to tell this story?

Patel: Well I finally read the thing. I mean I suck at reading and everything. But I came across a great adaptation of the Ramayana by an author named Ashok Banker. I actually discovered the book via Nina Paley''s blog. She''s the one woman force behind Sita Sings the Blues, the feature length animated work about the same subject. After reading a few pgs on Amazon I ordered the first book by Mr. Banker which weighed in at over five hundred pgs. Keep in mind that was just book one of a seven part series. I just read and read and the thing slowly unlocked. And what I found was an ancient mythology with themes and symbols that were timeless and essential. Really meaningful stuff all wrapped up in a visually rich world of epic adventure. The story was just begging to be illustrated.

Q: How did you get started working at Pixar?

Patel: The only thing I was ever good at was copying drawings from comic books. I just drew, and nothing could ever get me to stop. All throughout school I was considered "the artist," which really just meant that I could make really bad drawings for people’s letterman jackets. A friend told me about Cal-Arts and animation. The school was the key. Most of Pixar’s directors have come straight out of Cal-Arts and its character animation program. I just walked in their footsteps and they ended up recruiting me after my second year. I''ve been at Pixar ever since, close to thirteen years now.

Q: Describe your creative process. How do you create your illustrations?

Patel: Once I have a concrete idea of the story point that I want to communicate, which is usually nailed down in the writing, I then think of one “story telling image. For instance, it''s a big story point when Hanuman, the monkey with special powers, uses his burning tail to set fire to the Ravana''s capital city. Since this story has been told many times before I try and research what visual artist have done previously to communicate this moment. Here I pulled together reference from paintings and from vintage comics.

Click on the image to learn more about Patel''s creative process and see more example illustrations.



Q: How long did it take you to create the scenes in the book?

At one point the illustrations were getting churned out at about one every two and half days. I was at a good clip till I decided to redo the entire book three times. I kept fighting with trying to make the art light hearted and cute, but the story was anything but that. The Ramayana is pretty dramatic and graphic, and I eventually found a style and voice that captured those things. It only took me four years.

Q: Which characters in the Ramayana did you have the most fun illustrating?

Patel: I can doodle Ravana the ten-headed demon king in my sleep at this point. I also love sketching Hanuman and Rama. They both have really fun shapes to fiddle with. The cover of the book was actually a blast, it was probably the last illustration I did.

Some of Sanjay''s Favorites:

Favorites Illustrator(s)
Marc Boutavant
J Otto Seibold
Saul Steinberg
William Steig
Ronald Searle
Richard Scarry
Martin & Alice Provenson
Mary Blair
Charley Harper
M. Sasek
T. Biskup
Lewis Trondheim


Favorite movie(s)
Back to the Future
Amelie
The Wrong Trousers
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Mission
Raising Arizona
Princess Mononoke
Dumbo
Abyss
Bottle Rocket



Favorite band(s)
That''s a toss up between and


Favorite restaurant(s)
Usually places that serve french fries and hot sauce.


Favorite book(s)
Phoenix Karma by Osamu Tezuka:
Calvin & Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson
Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan



About the Author

Sanjay Patel is the author of The Little Book of Hindu Deities and is an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on numerous films, including Monsters, Inc.; A Bug''s Life; Toy Story 2; Ratatouille; The Incredibles; and Toy Story 3. He has also worked on The Simpsons for Fox and with legendary cartoonist John K., creator of Ren and Stimpy.

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