This modern 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 modern retelling of the epic packed with humour for the millennials makes for a enjoyable and straightforward learn. Over an electronic mail interview, Vikram talks concerning the COVID-19 scenario within the U.S. and his curiosity in classics, and his household’s help.
Ramayana and Mahabharata have been integral elements of Vikram’s childhood. In reality, his maternal nice grandfather Mamidipudi Ramakrishnaiah had revealed 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.”
It was Vikram’s mom Indira who recommended he visualise the epic in a modern world when he deliberate to write down a play based mostly on the epic, for an annual Deepavali social gathering held a couple of 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.
Now that 2020 is right here and Doordarshan has lately re-telecast Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana and is at the moment airing Uttar Ramayan, the teen believes there shall 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 superior in comparison with the precise 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.”
His household was of an enormous assist in giving him concepts and in enhancing. “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 the moment writing an adaptation of Mahabharata and telling the story by means of the lens of its quite a few characters’ views.
Talking concerning the COVID-19 scenario 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.”
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