Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 2 Reading Diary A: Rama's Origin

This is a Reading Diary that details my thoughts from pages 1- 53 of The Ramayana by R.K. Narayan.
  • King Dasharatha biggest problem is that he can't have children, but he has three different wives who can bear him legitimate heirs… I'm having a hard time believing that a guy who lived for 60,000 years with at least three wives was having long lasting fertility problems.  
  • Am I the only one who would be kind of pumped if Vishnu reincarnated himself as a monkey rather than a human and took on the ten-headed demon?  
  • Definitely noticing a theme of women getting punished by association.  Thataka and Ahalya were both condemned for being around men committing evil deeds that they themselves were not committing.  
  • In a way, Indra profited from seducing Ahalya because he became the "thousand-eyed god."  While she was imprisoned in stone to repent for a 100 years.  
  • I'm a little sad that all of the details about Rama and Sita's wedding were omitted from the text.  Narayan's version even notes that the wedding preparations "is one of the most fascinating sections of the epic" (33).  If it's so fascinating why aren't any descriptions included?  This is supposed to be the wedding of two reincarnated gods who were previously married in heaven.  This wedding should be X100,000 times better than William and Kate's!  
  • What does Kooni gain from having Bharata as king instead of Rama?  I'm so confused why she interfered and changed Kaikeyi's mind because it seems like everyone loves Rama…
  • 14 years of exile is very specific.  Does Kaikeyi only want her son to be king for that long?  
(Image Information: Picture of Sita and Rama at their wedding from Wikipedia.)  

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