I have really found some creative things to work with in the story of Nala and Damayanti and it has really opened up the possibilities creatively for me. Upon reading the third half of the book I was really excited about the ideas that came to my mind. For instance, in the
story Damayanti is presumably still wandering in the forest in the search of Nala. Nala is scared that Damayanti’s life is in peril and he mentions wild beasts are most likely on her. Well, I thought what if this was the case at one point, but Damayanti fends off the beast in a warrior-esque way, maybe possibly making her into a hunter of sorts. Another idea is what called a metaphorical story. The whole story is written in a metaphor. Throughout the story Damayanti is said to have lotus eyes and to be a great beauty. In the third half
of the story it is mentioned she is the wife of the moon. What if metaphorically she was the wife of the moon because Nala crushed her heart and ultimately left her in the woods, to fend for herself (the metaphor of the moon would be a different man). I know it may seem hard to understand, but it could work. It would just take a lot of explaining and “fleshing out”. The last idea I came up with is my favorite, so far. In the story Nala encounters a wise fruit tree that helps release Kali from Nala’s body. What if this tree was as wise as it was powerful and Nala goes to the tree for advice (think Pocahontas and her grandmother tree)? What falls from the tree is apples answering his questions and oranges fall hitting him in the head when he asks silly questions, and ultimately the tree speaks in weird rhymes and riddles, only able to give Nala clear answers on fruit. I thought this idea was really fun and unique and gives me the opportunity to play with rhymes/poetry.