‘Ramayana 2020’: This modern-day Ramayana is packed with humour

Imagine the ten-headed Ravana going to the battlefield and declaring, ‘I want sizzling canine, ‘trigger I want vitality. It takes effort to signal autographs and take photographs with followers on the identical time!’ or Vibhishana exclaiming, ‘Sayonara! I’m subscribing to Rama’s youtube channel, which by the best way is twice PewDiePie’s subscriber rely!. His final video was insane! It has eight million likes and 1 dislike…’

This fashionable model of Ravana and Vibhishana has been created by teenager Vikram Nagarajan from Hyderabad, in his guide Ramayana 2020 (illustrator Ramesh Chepuri). Now residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania within the U.S., Vikram units the epic in 2020, which contributes to the modern temper, tone and characters too. “I wanted the tale to appeal to a younger audience and also the Western world,” he says. Ramayana has been written quite a few occasions with completely different views, this contemporary retelling of the epic packed with humour for the millennials makes for a enjoyable and straightforward learn. Over an e mail interview, Vikram talks concerning the COVID-19 state of affairs within the U.S. and his curiosity in classics, and his household’s help.

Ramayana and Mahabharata had been integral elements of Vikram’s childhood. In truth, his maternal nice grandfather Mamidipudi Ramakrishnaiah had printed Srimad Valmiki Ramayana Kathamruthamu, a Telugu model of the Ramayana. Vikram says, “Because of this, my family is interested in the epic and it is dear to our hearts.”

Book cowl

It was Vikram’s mom Indira who prompt he visualise the epic in a contemporary world when he deliberate to jot down a play primarily based on the epic, for an annual Deepavali get together held just a few years in the past. His associates and neighbours acted in that play, with Vikram enacting Hanuman and his brother Vijay taking part in Lakshmana.

Vikram’s maternal household hails from Nellore district, and far of his prolonged household is now unfold over Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states. “My granduncle, Mamidipudi Pattabhiram lives in Hyderabad and was the main force behind publishing of this book,” shares Vikram.

With fashionable twists

Now that 2020 is right here and Doordarshan has lately re-telecast Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana and is at present airing Uttar Ramayan, the teenager believes there can be renewed curiosity within the epic story. “Ramayana is timeless and intended for all ages and enjoyed in all forms. The epic’s plot and themes make it interesting; Valmiki’s version embeds valuable life lessons into a vivid and adventurous story. I believe that my modern twist retains those aspects. The 2020 aspect of the book is certainly a factor, although I do stretch the truth a little bit in my version, with the technology being rather ‘alien’ and advanced compared to the actual 2020.”

Vikram’s favorite character is Hanuman and he notably loved writing the Sundara Kanda phase in his guide. This, he considers is additionally the guide’s most humorous half. “I loved writing the fight scenes between Hanuman and the hordes of Ravana’s loyal soldiers and also of Hanuman humiliating Ravana. In fact, I enjoyed writing all fighting scenes as I was able to add humour there.”

Supported journey

His household was of an enormous assist in giving him concepts and in modifying. “Struggling to think of ideas was probably the most difficult challenge. I focused a lot on the design of my rough draft and worrying about the font on Google Docs; that took attention away from my writing.”

Vikram goals of going into entrepreneurship and proceed writing. He is at present writing an adaptation of Mahabharata and telling the story by the lens of its quite a few characters’ views.

Talking concerning the COVID-19 state of affairs in US, he says, “Schools are closed for the remainder of the year and we are under social distancing guidelines. I hope we can finally get back to normal once the pandemic subsides.”

Ramayana 2020 (Chamanna Publications) is priced at ₹315 and for copies: + 91 986 608 3528, + 91 974 149 8464, + 91 944 993 1430.

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