Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week 3 Reading Diary: Meeting the Monkeys

This is a Reading Diary that details my thoughts from pages 89-130 of The Ramayana by R.K. Narayan.

  • So I guess Jatayu really was watching over Sita the whole time… 
  • Hanuman and Rama experience love at first sight?  
  • I see the story of Vali and Sugriva as a foil for Rama and Ravana.  After Rama/Vali pursued a demon and left their forest abode/monkey kingdom.  The main difference is that Lakshmana chased after Rama, where Sugriva ended up staying behind.  If Lakshmana had been there when Sita was kidnapped maybe he and Rama would have more of a tempestuous relationship.  
  • Sugriva and Rama have both lost their wives and are in exile.  
  • Vali has a lot of profound things to say especially since he just received a life ending injury.  
  • Wait is Tara the original wife of Vali or Sugriva's wife?  Where is Sugriva's wife?!
  • Rama used to throw clay at Kooni for her hunchbacked appearance!!!! I knew there was a reason for her manipulation.  
  • Wow Rama and Lakshmana are great at keeping their oath.  They passed up a monkey palace to sleep in the forest during the raining season.
  • Facial details are not important when needing to identify Sita.  Just look for her feet and delicate waist, they're one-of-a-kind. 
  • Sampathi had his wings burnt?!  Dang if only he had been able to warn Icarus.  
  • I see that the animal kingdom will be the key to defeating Ravana…

(Image Information: Sampati, by Balasaheb Pandit Pant Pratinidhi  from Wikipedia.) 

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