A writer follows human myseries

This post is inspired by two talks I listened to recently.  The first one is in my mother tongue, Malayalam, by Sunil.P. Ilayidam. My post is not entirely about what he presents about Ramayana, which of course is enjoyable to listen, according to me, but only a small part of it.  (My apologies to those who cannot grasp my mother tongue


 He explores the questions, who is a writer/poet or what is it that motivates a writer to write a story.  Quoting Kalidasa, the ancient Indian poet, he defines a writer is the one who continues his creative journey after human sorrows.  Valmiki was a hunter -turned poet.  Ratnakaran was his original name. He turned to be Valmiki, the most significant Indian poet of all time at the instance he witnessed the sorrow of a female bird suffering the departure of her beloved male friend.  A hunter just shot an arrow through his heart and killed him.  That is the opening scene of Ramayana. 

  Ilayidam carries on, in the onset of Ramayana, Valmiki was in search of the most ideal human in Rama, and he attributes all superhuman qualities on him.  But, the moment Rama sent Sita through hardship, Raman asked Sita to prove her virtue to be witnessed by others in the form of turning unhurt after walking on fire. The disgrace Sita began to feel like the outcome of her husband's demands was unbearable for her.  After that, Ramayana became the story of Sita, and til the end of the story, it remained so. Or it became a poignant combination of Sita's sorrow, the palace extravaganza and the beauty of the forest among other things and finally how she chooses to end her relationship with Rama, the king.  
The second talk comes from Julian Friendman.  I have mentioned this in my another post



Among other things he Friedman also touches the same topic in a different way.  He is an agent in the publishing field.  

He asks are there any formula in writing stories and mentions Aristotle who gave it 2000 years ago. If you want to emotionally connect with your readers/audience, your story begins with pity, which slowly develops into fear and ends with catharsis. 

Isn't it the same formula Valmiki used in Ramayana likely more than two thousand years ago. We might argue, Ramayana hadn't got a happy ending.  But Seetha decided to leave Rama was a happy ending rather than she continuing to live a miserable life with him.

What do you think about this? Please do give your opinion in the comment box.   

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