Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman's Odyssey

By BS Murthy

Religion & spirituality, Action & adventure, Poetry, Magical realism, Fantasy | eBook


With rhythm of its verse and the flow of the narrative, this sloka to sloka transcreation of the canto beautiful of Ramayana, Valmiki's adi kavya - the foremost poetical composition in the world - Hanuman's Odyssey, which paves the way for Rama to rescue his kidnapped wife is bound to charm the readers and listeners alike. Interestingly, 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.” While Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace; many believe that reading this epic or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings! Miracles apart, it's in the nature of this episode to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in man for it’s a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds. Besides, it portrays how Seetha, on the verge of self-immolation, overcomes despair to see life in a new light? This is a free ebook.


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With rhythm of its verse and the flow of the narrative, this sloka to sloka transcreation of the canto beautiful of Ramayana, Valmiki's adi kavya - the foremost poetical composition in the world - Hanuman's Odyssey, which paves the way for Rama to rescue his kidnapped wife is bound to charm the readers and listeners alike. Interestingly, 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.” While Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace; many believe that reading this epic or hearing it recited would remo...


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Schooled in letter-writing, BS Murthy, born 27 Aug 1948, graduated to articulate his managerial ideas in thirty-odd published articles before penning fiction with the ‘novel art’. Beginning with Benign Flame: Saga of Love, he fashioned two more ‘plot and character’ driven novels, Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life and Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth before switching over to the narrative non-fiction with Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife. After versifying the Sanskrit epics, Vyasa’s Bhagvad-Gita (Treatise of self-help) and Valmiki’s Sundara Kãnda (Hanuman’s Odyssey) in contemporary English verse (can also be found in Constitution Society.com, Boloji.com, Vedanta Spiritual Library, gatewayforindia.com etc.) and ascending Onto the Stage - Slight Souls and other stage and radio plays, he returned to fiction in the stream of consciousness mode with Glaring Shadow - A stream of consciousness novel and Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel. And finally he reached the short story horizon with Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories.


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Schooled in letter-writing, BS Murthy, born 27 Aug 1948, graduated to articulate his managerial ideas in thirty-odd published articles before penning fiction with the ‘novel art’. Beginning with Benign Flame: Saga of Love, he fashioned two more ‘plot and character’ driven novels, Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life and Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth before switching over to the narrative no...


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