The Ramayana I plan on reading in week 2 is R.K. Narayan’s and I chose it not only because I actually own the story, but also because it has a reading guide that will help manage each of the four portions.
The most intriguing topics, thus far, in this class is the idea of “stories from Stories”. I think the idea is to really broaden not only my mind, but many other people at the moment. It’s so intriguing because never have I had a class that you can build upon a story already written for readers. You have to be really creative and be of the mindset it will be passed down from generations. Just like it would be in Indian culture.
I have never taken a course about epic literature, mainly because I have never had the opportunity before now. I’am an avid reader and I was always fascinated by Indian stories since I watch the movie The Little Princess as a child (it was one of my favorite movies, actually). As far as me liking epic movies and/or television it really depends on the type of movie. For example, I really didn’t like the movie Lord of the Rings (I’m sorry!Don’t hurt me!), it was hard for me too get passed the Hobbits goofiness and all the miles of walking. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. On the other hand, I have Schindler’s List, which is one of the movies that will stay with you long after you watch it. It’s truly frightening, realistic, heartbreaking, hopeful it’s epic in his portrayal of showing the truth.
Along with never have taken a class about epic literature, I have sadly never taken a class about mythology, but when I think of mythology I think of a set of books that are connected with one another. These books aren’t steeped in factual, but are deep in the fantastical. For example, The story may be about a three headed orange dragon.