This is one of those really entertaining but makes you want to smack someone. But at least the gods in this version agree with me.
It is nice to know that the Bible isn’t the only work that screws women over.
The amount of time that men in this epic, who keep telling you they are powerful dudes, blame women for everything is just maddening. Even Sita who couldn’t be raped because Ravena can’t force her has to prove her virtue.
Yeah, yeah, I know it was before feminism. I get it. But I am a ...more
This version is barebones, but with enough meat to really provide a great framework for diving into a deeper, lengthier version of the text, provided an English reader such as myself can find one. If anything, this text reminds me how absurdly complex and rich this culture is a ...more
After I’ve finished reading this book, I’m certain that mythology, fairy tales, folklore, legends and such all share common notions no matter which culture they are part of. In The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic (which I will shorten to ‘ The Ramayana ' from here onward), is a tale both familiar and unknown to me. Although the Indians are ‘one of the three main races’ in my country, I’ve never really ventur ...more
Originally written in Sanskrit in the 4th century by Valmiki, there have been countless versions written since. Narayan drew on the work of the 11th century version written by Kamban to write a piece that was shorter and more accessible since the original is over 1000 verses long. The Ramayana is an epic tale known to almost everyone in India.
Rama was a prince and when his father felt it was time to retire and enjoy what remained of his life, he chose Rama to su ...more
“Even when you realize that the one before you is an enemy ...more
To be honest, Rama is not my favorite character in the book, even though he was perfect. He had the respect of people, loyalty of brothers, the apple of his father and mothers' eye, and the good physical appearence; he was the symbol of justice, kind, forgiveness, well-temper, caring, and humanity. However, somehow his perfect personality was his shortcoming.
Rama was filial that made him accepted to exile without considering his relatives who loved him and people. This w ...more
A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana is familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless versions in different languages. Here, drawing on the work of an eleventh-century poet called Kamban, Narayan employs the skills of a master novelist to re-create the excitement he found in the original. A luminous saga made accessib...more
2/24/09-respect of women in this epic
1.)Young boys treat women as if they would treat their mothers.
2.)Rama could not kill or harm a woman-thataka
3.)women are considered beautiful
Othering of Women
1.)Men may have more than one wife-lessens their value
2.)Women are not supposed to go outside. t ...more
R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja's College in Mysore. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based the ...more