Another PoV

Clear skies are back. On Gachibowli road, Hyderabad.
Clear skies are back. On Gachibowli road, Hyderabad.

During my early school days, when it rained, I used to cry and refuse to go to school.

A fortnight ago, there were unseasonal heavy showers across most parts of India. I can’t say that I jumped with joy with the sudden gloomy darkness and incessant rains, but I did enjoy the sleepy weather. πŸ™‚ (As the above pic shows, the sun is back and the mercury has started rising.)

If I could have a different opinion about the same event over a gap of few years, what about other people and the same events?

I recently read 2 books on the great mythological texts, Mahabharata and Ramayana. The Palace of Illusions is Mahabharata from Draupadi’s point of view and Asura is Ramayana from Ravana’s and a common man Bhadra’s.

Eye opening would be an understatement. I had never thought about Mahabharata and Ramayana this way, the same whose serialized versions were a constant on TV in my childhood.

The first book is more beautifully written than anything I have read before on mythology. It describes the hardships Draupadi goes through not only because of the impractical ideals of a man’s world but also her seeming lack of control over her passions. In the second book, the interesting part is of Bhadra, a common man who turns bitter, not achieving what he dreams of, neither in Ravanraaj nor in Ramraaj.

Makes me wonder whether our knowledge of history would have been very different if written from more points of view – the winners and losers, the male and the female, the kings and the people on the street.

Also, next time I get angry or irritated at others, I should perhaps accept the fact there may exist an entirely opposite point of view for the same event; even though I have no idea how that could be possible, stuck in my own world of thoughts, emotions and experiences.

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12 thoughts on “Another PoV

  1. hi, your words make perfect sense. Everyone has their own point of view on different things, but our deeds and circumstances are one of the great factors of ones thinking. Since life teaches us in every way possible, we ought to pay heed to our self.

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  2. Pranav,
    I have this strong feeling that you should start writing a book.
    Take the next step in this writing world and am sure you will be a great writer.

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    1. Thanks Deepak but writing a book is a completely different ball game. For that matter, regular blogging is itself creatively exhausting. Will think about it though. πŸ™‚

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  3. Actually there are many Ramayans written by different authors: Valmiki, Tulsidas, Kadambam to name a few. Also there are Buddhist, Thai, Cambodian and Jain Ramayans. Most of them try to explain Ravana’s motivation from their own perspective, either societal or religious.

    But the one point of view that is missing is the one from Surpanakha. Was she doing that due to curse, lust or revenge? Did Lakshman deliberately chop her nose or was it an accident that had to happen to create the key events? Also most Ramayan ignore the event that just before his final battle with Rama, Surpankha had come to see Ravana, who insulted her. That made her angry and she cursed Ravana that he will die in battle with Rama.

    It is worth understanding how destiny works. In Mahabharata, Duryodhana had the opportunity to win all by being generous, when he won the game. He could have avoided being so arrogant by not humiliating Pandavs. But destiny would not allow him, even if he wanted.

    Here is a more modern example of how destiny works. Hitler won the war with larger British & French army by instinctively adopting what is called Manstein plan. Had he stopped, then Germany might have been ruling Europe now. But destiny made him go to war with USSR, in spite of enormous effort made by Goering & Ribbentrop to avoid doing that misadventure. They put so much pressure that Hitler finally declared that to keep his sanity he had asked all of them to stop trying to change his mind. This is very similar to case in Ramayan where Vibhishan, Marich etc. tried to stop Ravana from his misadventure which ultimately forced Ravana to expel Vibhishan.

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    1. Harendra mama, you put forward some interesting points.
      I guess, whether it is destiny, randomness or human will, all large events are pretty complex with many factors involved; although for understanding sake, have been simplified.

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      1. Events can be compared with Computer circuits;large number of inputs when present in right state at the clock cycle will give a specific output, if any of the input is not in right state, the output will be different.

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  4. Yes Draupadi’s view would be very different! I must read that book too!
    Unseasonable rains – a portent of something not so good to come?

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    1. The unseasonal rains – we don’t know. Maybe just something random, or might be something bigger like climate change. The book is by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I liked her work so much, I am planning to read more of her novels. πŸ™‚

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  5. Good one! In my critical thinking class towards start of my MBA we were taught the PICACCS model where P stands for point of view! How are you and what’s new?πŸ˜€

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