Monday, October 03, 2005

Misunderstood Hero(in)es

"Sex and The City" Miranda's view on Hansel & Gretel:

This woman goes ahead and builds her dream house and these brats come
out of nowhere and start eating it up.

How often have we misunderstood someone just because they were in the wrong place with the right mind? One of my fave misunderstood hero is Ravana. Like i told this smart woman, here is this man who is leading a happy life and then as fate would have it, runs into a beautiful woman who is his soul mate in every aspect. Pity both he and she were already married. So we name him a villain just coz he found Sita right for him?

Of course all that kidnapping, shidnapping wasn't right at all but then haven't we ever heard of "Meeting the woman of your life and then running into her handsome husband" before? That was Ravana's situation. Had he known Sita existed in life maybe he wouldn't have married at all or would have taken that flight across wilderness much sooner.

Now Rama is far from an ideal hero. All his goodness came to naught the moment he doubted his wife and asked her to walk through fire to prove her innocence -- Not to him but to the world. What? A husband who runs his family based on market trends isn't really 'God' material but we never let that bother us too much.

Having grown accustomed to viewing life in shades of black & white, we rarely see the yellows and the greys...and lost in those unseen colours are a million heroes waiting for their songs to be sung.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we name him a villain just coz he found Sita right for him?

Umm... You were probably joking.. but..
Did Sita find him right for herself?

4:42 PM  
Blogger Kumari said...

No she didn't. Not for a second.
That's why it becomes wrong after that point. Completely wrong.

But is it wrong to run into someone and think they would be right for you???? Not to act on it.

I don't know if i was joking but it sure did look lot saner in my mind :)

But why are you hiding behind anonymity when you know/feel you are right? :)

5:18 PM  
Blogger Ducking Giraffe said...

I suppose Rama was just another man!
Gif

11:47 PM  
Blogger KoPoS said...

clap clap clap!

rama would not have emerged the hero he is worshipped if he had any less a contender as his nemesis.

as for sita's test and *our* own judgement of rama of it, its again worth a blogspot, let alone a comment or a post :)

12:56 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Gif: I guess he was :)

@Kopos: Even i feel the same. I mean if we brand Ravana as evil you don't really blame him for his actions or find fault coz thats what evil men do. But then Rama is God and Gods don't act so. I think you should write a blogpost on it :)

9:59 AM  
Blogger KoPoS said...

:) good idea but too big an effort dont ya think? :P

1:22 AM  
Blogger Swathi said...

n what about that Casanova called 'Krishna' ??

and poor Surpanaka -whoz only sin was to lust after Laxmana

the heroes of the epic sagas of India who turned into Gods,
just a blog wouldnt be enough to rant 'bout them.

1:45 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Kopos: If you don't who will?:p

@Swathi: I agree. Some other day maybe i will right one more :)

8:12 PM  
Blogger Whoiscb said...

Great thought in calling Ravana a hero :) Ravana was actually a hero if you dig much deeper. I would soon blog on a lot of facts about him and let me say , you inspired me to do so :)

As far as Rama and Sita's fidelity tests are concerned, I have already blogged about it.

http://whoiscb.blogspot.com/2005/03/did-valmiki-really-want-to-convey.html

http://whoiscb.blogspot.com/2005/03/rajagopalacharis-views-on-sitas.html

1:38 AM  
Blogger corporate whore said...

10 marks to Ravana, 1 to Rama (in proportion).

Probably the best rendition of Ravana's splendour is by R K Narayan in "Gods, demons and others". Ravana on Indra's throne, being attended by assorted gods (Vayu sweeps the floors, how fitting) , watching the apsaras perform for him while he played the veena

Rama comes across as a whining Warrior Prince (rather than God) but Ravana shines through as a Noble Lord (shades of Mahabali)

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anu said...

totall agree with you....
no rama no rama....
and for the same reasons, no gandi, no gandi

12:17 PM  

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