The first reading section, Life in the Forest, sounded so familiar to context from the Rayamana. The Pandavas brothers enter an exile in the forest for 12 YEARS similar to that of Rama. What can happen in 12 years of living in the forest is unimaginable. A story could be recreated to modern time once again, because I’ve still been trying to get a story and turn it modern. A few brothers could be out camping when the world turns crazy, and they aren’t allowed to enter back from the woods. I could have the brothers represent the Pandavas brothers, and Krishna’s visit could bring forth another character during their time trapped in the forest. They would have to face “Duryodhana and his brothers” before being able to answer back into the city. It would be awesome to make this weeks story about the exile in the forest (or camping trip), and then leave off at a cliffhanger of when they approach the brothers. That story could then be picked back up and finished the next storytelling week. Of course, I’d change the characters, but stay with the same overall characterization. The biggest difference would be the relations to culture from India to here, currently. Also, the vocabulary would be a huge difference.
I was so excited when Hanuman came back in the Mahabharata! He’s definitely a character that would be great to incorporate into any story! Him and his brother, Bhima, could have an entire story dedicated to them alone. I could discuss their father, Vaya (the god of wind), and how they came about on this earth. Maybe they could go on some crazy adventures with their dad controlling the wind? They could also be incorporated into my first modern story idea. Hanuman could come and bring the trapped brothers hope.
When Karna enters the story, I was amazed at the natural armor and earrings. Karna also seems like such a comical person at the same time. What a character!
Image One: Camping Barriere Lake accessed on Wikimedia Commons.