Updated: May 24
Amidst stay at home in the Corona situation outside, waking up with television is a daily ritual for me. On 28 March, I woke up to the news of re-run Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan on almost every news channel. I was puzzled as I didn't know why this news was so important to be telecasted as a headline. My thoughts were hampered by my mother who was standing with a cup of tea and beaming with happiness, "आज से सुबह शाम रामायण आने वाली है " and I somehow realized the emotional connect these old mythological shows have with the audience.
During corona, Ramayan and Mahabharat on television became my go-to series, majorly because I live in a remote area and have connectivity issues, so I can't just Netflix and chill. But after a few episodes, I realized I was glued to the television and was really enjoying these epics. Being the quintessential millennial kids, we often have more knowledge about the lives of Ross and Rachael than the intricate details of our ancient mythological literature. After ardently watching these shows I have developed a certain interest in epics like these. I wanted to pen down some of the important details that touched my heart and their connection in the contemporary world. Woman Against all odds: Be it Satyug, Dwaparyug, or Kalyug a woman's character will always be in question. Sita had to sacrifice her family, her husband to keep her sanity intact. Draupadi has to go through the dreadful " चीर हरण " has to face all accusations on her character, why just because she was a woman.
In an episode, Sita's son Luv and Kush were singing the heartfelt story of the sacrifices of their mother, in front of the entire Raj Sabha, they murmured a line: "अवध मे ऐसा एक दिन आया, निष्कलंक सीता पे प्रजा नें मिथ्या दोष लगाया " Has the situation changed now?, Nobody will even take a second to answer the question, The women are still there, proving their worth, proving their character, proving their sanity. Why does a rape survivor have to live a life of shame as if she has done something wrong, why do they still face acid attacks, why do they have to give "अग्निपरिक्षा " at each stage of their lives. Some questions that have remained unanswered since forever. The Power of Words: Lord Ram lived in exile for 14 years just to maintain the dignity of his father's promise. Draupadi had to marry five Pandavs just because their mother unknowingly said that they should share everything they have bought home. That was the power of words in those times. Undoubtedly, there were traditions that need to be changed with time, you have to give reason more power than your 'धर्म", but the power and dignity of one's voice should remain intact.
In the contemporary world, words don't hold the same power. We need everything written and undersigned to be able to trust someone. Even in the corporate world, we want everything in mails. Why has the world lost trust in each other? Why we are not able to abide by the words we speak?
The Power of Trust: Trust and faith were among the most celebrated virtues in these epics. Draupadi trusted that Lord Krishna will come to her rescue, Sita believed that Lord Ram will defeat Ravana, more than trusting their beliefs, self-trust was also an inculcated feeling.
In the contemporary world, we not only doubt others, but self-doubt also prevails in most of us. Why are we not aware of our strengths and weaknesses? Why are we not able to trust others?
There are many questions that are popping in my mind. Comment on how you feel about them, we will try and figure out the answers together.