Grandma stories of mythological origin are always alluring and fascinating. The morals are explicitly elucidated so that our life can be reframed as per the virtues to live an honourable and righteous life. But as we grow, we make our own distinction between right and wrong, and finally create a catalyst of actions that represent our beliefs and opinions. In the book, “Dharma” we come across numerous stories from The Ramayana, The Mahabharata and The Shiva Trilogy, orchestrated to analyse the subsets of human emotions.
The book is not a short story framework or a revision of what we have read or studied. But is a commercial family drama comprising of four people ready to dissect the chronicles of epics and the masters living them. Our delusion of reworking on “karma” and “Dharma” is sorted a bit – you feel less confused after reading the book. Otherwise, Karms and Dharms manifesto eludes us all in this liberal age.
So we have Envy, Humility, heart, loyalty and Anger that sit on our head like a crown, making us feel as if we are a royalty ready to shove down anybody down our throat. This makes us BAD. So what makes us GOOD is our approach to handle these emotions and the extent of it. We have this GOOD – BAD theory ringing in the book, vividly analysing each character for its actions. From Dharam Raj Yudhisthira to the egocentric Duryodhana, marching ahead to the self-obsessed Bhishma and the destiny -ridden Karan, further jetting to appreciate the prolific Ram and the treacherous Ravana – all these characters define their being of inheritance and virtues.
I personally feel Amish is an extraordinary writer when it comes to making us believe in the unbelievable. These stories could have a fictional side to it, but are presented to make the reader immersed in the beauty of its narration and relevance.
A well thought concept of storytelling—informal and unconventional.