While reading part B, I finally started to understand the language used in these versions a little bit more. I think what confuses me more than anything is the amount of characters and how all of the different characters relate. When I write my own story I want to focus on a small portion of a story so that the reader is not confused with so many different tales and characters.
In the opening Bharata returns, I had no idea that things were going to turn the way they did. Prior, I was curious how Bharata would react to his brother being exhiled and his father’s death. Kaikeya is such a big character that it’d be really cool to tell the series of stories from her point of view. Why she was so persistent that Bharata rule? Why she reacted the way she did when Dasharatha died? So on and so forth. The culture here is really cool with all of the different rituals that they do at a funeral. The ritwigs reciting Japa and the sama’s chanting samas would be a cool ritual to include in my own story. I think the sandals that Bharata gives to Rama show strong symbolism. This is definitely something that I want in my story. I could write about anything, but I want the sandals to represent sort of a token of the torch, or royal authority as it says in the text. I also appreciated that Bharata wouldn’t return to the land until Rama did. Lakshmana and Rama go into battle with the demon, Viradha. How crazy is it that he had powers to where he coudln’t be wounded by sharp weapons? The battle was confusing, but further confusing when Viradha was actually Tumburu. One character I really connected with and wanted to research further was Agastya. What if Rama would’ve went with Agastya instead of continuing on his journey in the forest? That could be a whole new story in itself! He could end up finding Viradha/Tumburu there. He could somehow defeat the evil curse. I also think the story could’ve been understood a bit better if it weren’t for the intense and continual dialogue. When Rama rejects Shurpanakha, the whole story begins to whirlwind. It seems so modern, but at the same time ancient. Rama prevailed and got the rakshasas with his arrows. This then brought forth greater hate, and the demand to kill Rama. Khara attacks again and loses, leading up to confrontation between several different characters. Although the attacks, chase, and introductions are interesting, I want to focus my story on how events would’ve been different if either Rama would’ve returned with Bharata or Agastya.
Image One: Agastya giving Rama a sword for battle found on Wikimedia Commons.