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Sundara Kanda: Hanuman's Odyssey

By Murthy, B.S.

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Title: Sundara Kanda: Hanuman's Odyssey  
Author: Murthy, B.S.
Language: English
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If Mahabharata's Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana's Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace; many believe that reading Sundara Kãnda or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings! Miracles apart, it's in the nature of Sundara Kãnda to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in one and all. After all, isn't it a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds! Again, won't it portray how Seetha, on the verge of self-immolation, overcomes despair to see life in a new light? Besides, how Hanuman's Odyssey paves the way for Rama to rescue his kidnapped wife! One is bound to be charmed by the rhythm of the verse and the flow of the narrative in this sloka to sloka transcreation of Valmiki's adi kavya - the foremost poetical composition in the world. What is more, as the following verse illustrates, it was the forerunner of the magic realism of our times – “Gripped she then him by shadow / Cast which Hanuman coast to coast; Recalled he in dismay then / What Sugreev said at outset / That one fiend had aptitude / To grip its prey by mere shadow.”

Canto 33 - Genesis of Exile Seeing Seetha’s demeanour change Gladdened Hanuman’s heart no end. Folding his hands in reverence Approached he then Rama’s wife. Find thee grieving for some time What doth make thee feel so sad? Thy eyes that are all welled up Make they clear that thou are hurt. From thy bearing one can see Come that thou from noble stock. Tend I think that thou are none But an angel strayed to earth. Wonder thou could be North Star Came down here from those high skies. Pray thee tell me who art thou Have thee left thy man in huff? Seen thee grieving for some time Have thee lost some dear soul then? The more I see thee lovely one All the more I hold thee high. O thy bearing ’n demeanour No less empress make thee look. Are thee hapless Seetha then Snared by Ravan from thy man? Making two plus two as four Take I thee for Rama’s wife. Spoke as Hanuman to her thus Seetha thought it fit to speak. Dasarath was the king of kings Daughter in-law am his near Treated me he daughter like. Seetha am king Janaka’s dear Given in marriage to Rama Son of Kausalya the Queen In that palace of Koshal What a life I led with Ram For the best of twelve summers. Heavenly rule to bring on earth Came then time to crown Rama. Thought it fit then Kaikeyi Dasarath’s favoured number three To see her son then ascend throne. Made she clear then to Dasarath Surely she would starve to death Were he to crown Ram instead. Pressed as she her suit to hilt Cited she then that caveat Cater would the king to her Wishes three all when expressed. Pulled as by his love for Ram Stressed as Dasarath to the core Wanted she that Ram may spend From then fourteen years in woods. Bound as Dasarath to his word Sounded he then his first-born. Gladly my man gave up then Birthright his to rule his land. Ordained thus by Kaikeyi Set to Dandak woods then Ram. Wanting hassles none for me Wanted Ram that I stayed back. What was there for me to cling On to Dasarath’s palace then When my man was not at home? Not the one to forego Ram Lakshman too then joined us. That’s how three of us entered Those thick jungles of Dandak. Neared as end of our exile Snared me Ravan from my man. Intends Ravan to kill me Were I to fail to take his hand No more than in two more months, Who is there to tell my man Made up my mind to die now For none I would have of Ravan.

Table of Contents
1 - Hurdles in Skies 2 - City in Clouds 3 - Prelude to Entry 4 - Foray into Fort 5 - Life in Lanka 6 - Precincts to Beat 7 - Palace in the Plane 8 - Pushpak’s Prowess 9 - Harem at Night 10 - Women in Want 11 - Qualms of Celibate 12 - At Wits End 13 - Errand in the Bend 14 - Garden of Grief 15 - Withered Flower 16 - She is Seetha 17 - Guards all Hideous 18 - Ravan on Heat 19 - Dame in Despair 20 - Womanizer at Work 21 - Steadfast in Love 22 - Deadline to Death 23 - Guards that Pander 24 - Carrot and Stick 25 - Hapless Soul 26 - Wandering Thoughts 27 - Dream of a Nightmare 28 - On the Verge 29 - Good Tidings 30 - Hanuman’s Dilemma 31 - Rama’s Ballad 32 - Is it True? 33 - Genesis of Exile 34 - Swings in Mood 35 - Winning the Trust 36 - More of the Same 37 - Aborted Move 38 - Story to Tell 39 - Doubts to the Fore 40 - Repeats the Dose 41 - Rampage in the Park 42 - Panic in the Town 43 -Itching for Fight 44 -Takes on Prahastha’s Son 45 - Marshals in the Mire 46 - Generals in the Dumps 47 - Akshay’s Life on Line 48 - It takes Indrajit 49 - Ravan’s Darbar 50 - Cause of Loss 51 - Advice to Deliver 52 -Placates the Sibling 53 - Tail on Fire 54 - Arson to Hurt 55 - What of Seetha? 56 - Havoc of a Take-off 57 - Flight sans Hassles 58 - Odyssey in a Nutshell 59 - Pep Talk to Peers 60 - Angad on Rebound 61 - Eying the Madhuvan 62 - Orgy in the Garden 63 - Sugreev’s Reading 64 - Return of the Platoon 65 - News in Brief 66 - Tears in Torrents 67 - Hanuman’s Replay 68 - Times of Hope Peep into Yuddha Kanda: War on Ravan 1. Embrace of a Gift 2. Coronation and After


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