|Sita with her son, Lava |
Reading gets you into trouble. It puts all kinds of thoughts into your head. The more you read, the more linkages you find between the kind of fiction you like to read and the reality that surrounds you.
I've been in a twilight world somewhere between books and reality and most of the books have been related to the Ramayana and the Mahabharat. That is, they're modern retellings of the Ramayan and Mahabharat, fables that are based in the 'Bharat' of the 8th century BC and the 5th century BC respectively. These included the Prince of Ayodhya, a seven-part series by Ashok Banker; Sita- a retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Patnaik and Bhim- the forgotten hero by MT Vasudevan Nair. The latter is the English translation of the original work 'Randamoozham', written in Malayalam in 1984 which (apart from being made into a film with Mohanlal) is a must read.
|Shantanu wooing Satyavati |
(Raja Ravi Varma)