Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why a woman - for my first story?

I am not well today - with a sore throat and occasional cough.  Got to be cautious these days.  Also it is embarrassing to see myself coughing in a meeting.

However, to put this nest time to good use, I would be writing the final piece of the third chapter.   And at the same time building the manuscript of the forthcoming book.   All of you would be aware of the story line.  But a small inspiration of how a woman as the inspiration behind my first book.
Archana - the strength of
my first book

Well, not yet a book.   I belong to a category of 'unpublished authors'.   Let that be.   I used to write random blogs, stories, based on incidents.  My first series was 'the Heir of the Hair raiser'.   The positive and encouraging feedback from my reader-folk inspired my second series ' the vendor bogie and vada plate'.  Then the third series ' in the driver's seat'.   In these series, I had created characters - of different strength, color and backgrounds.   One of those committed readers, a good friend took time to give feedback - as we do now, character analysis.  He said ' that one - the owner, Archana Solkar stands out.  Her character is deep.   Other protagonists are great, but she really is different.'.

Helen - a face that launched
1000 ships
Now, as I look back, two booklets later, I admit that Archana has been an inspiration.  Like such characters in the epics.   How did I realize this?  This movie 'Troy'.  It is makeover of the Illiad, written by Homer, the great blind poet.  The story would not have become an epic without Helen.  The epic was set against a background of strong nations and men - fighting for power and glory.  Here was one woman, for whom Paris of Troy fell for.   Then Agamemnon launches an all out attack seizing on a personal issue of his brother.   Then there are various heroes and Gods - Hector, Achilles, Paris, Ulysses,  Zeus, Apollo, Athena but no one triggers the story like Helen does.  Her abduction by the Trojans set the stage for the epic war.   Hers was a face that launched thousand ships. 

Abduction of Sita launched
the Ramayana war 
Look at close quarters.  Ramayana.  This would have a regular emperor- father-son melodrama until,  the abduction happens.   Yes, like any epic, there are interesting narratives along the way.   Conveniently, Rama is sent on exile.  Sita has been the faithful wife.  The epitome of beauty and chastity.   The first quality triggered the problem.   It created the scene of an epic war- that saw Gods and kings, demons and monkeys fight.   Her second quality was challenged - and that became the powerful epilogue.

The pawning of Draupadi and her  vow
to avenge her shame
launched the Mahabharata war
Mahabaratha - the greatest story ever told.  Complexity, timelines, plot, the frame tales!  Heroes of ages bordering senility ( Bhimshma) to milk-teeth stage ( Abhimanyu).  From the greatest macer ( Bhima vs Duryodhana) to the archer (Karna vs Arjuna) - to the greatest Divine ( Krishna) to the cross-dresser ( Shikandi), the story has an impressive pantheon of legends.   The plots intertwine endlessly.  But it is the woman who is the trigger of the epic war.   While the war was between the kin for the kingdom, the loss of dice, and pawning of Draupathi aka Panchaali, and her vow to wash her hair with the blood of Duchasana is the standing trigger point for the war.

In all the three epics, amid the great characters of warrior-hood and bravery, the trigger of the plot from a good story to a great epic is a woman.  Undeniable.   Now, back to Archana.  My story is not an exact epic.   But, it is Archana who is the RCC for the building that is my story.   Well, you see my point, don't you?



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