Monday, 23 January 2017

STORY TELLING AND INDIA.

If the competition is "How To Compose Good Prose In English," I am not even taking part in it.
If it is about fabricating a good story, I am in the game to win.
This might sound arrogance, but it is not. It's plain and simple cultural difference.
I come from a culture where Panchatantra, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are fed to the kids since they are 4 years old.
Stories of horror and evil and injustice are as acceptable as "children's literature" as stories of sugar coated goodness of the world.
Good, bad, and ugly are not differentiated.
Everything is put on the table for the young minds to explore.
What J K Rowling started doing with the minds of the western children in 1997, Indians have been doing with their kids for centuries.
There is a reason why Joseph Campbell studied Indian Mythology in detail before he came up with the Monomyth.
Carl Jung too studied Indian literature before coming up with Analytical Psychology.
Indians can cook brilliant stories with Bhava and Rasa (emotions) and food (with spices).
As simple as that.


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