King Dasaratha summoned Rama, “Tomorrow is your coronation as king!” he said. Neither pleasured nor pained – ‘duty’ considered Rama.
The verdict of the courtroom was over-ruled by the verdict of the bedroom. Kaikeyi, the step-mother of Rama and mother of ‘Bharatha’ changed the King’s mind.
Rama was sentenced to 14 years of vanavasa. He didn’t protest. He stayed calm – as Kambar potrayed ‘as a painting of a red lotus’.
A lotus may fade over time. But to provide analogy for Rama that he neither wained or felt about the happening – it must have a deeper understanding and geniosity of Kambar to have used the metaphor of a painted lotus than a lotus itself to describe Rama.
It has been a practice among writers across the world to use reference from epics from their culture, native history, biographies of great leaders, etc to convey life principles. It makes the reading interesting and sticky.
The above beautiful event from the great Indian epic, ‘Kambar’s Ramayana’ is from the book ‘Gyana Malarkal’ by Suki Sivam. Suki Sivam is a well-known Tamil author, a spiritual speaker in South India.
Like him, I wish more writers from Indian background start using references from Indian ethnicity. One it would help the world appreciate the richness of the Indian History and Culture. Secondly, I hope it would provide yet another way of understanding universal principles.
Here is my list of 17 great sources of inspirations from India that could be leveraged.
- We have two great Indian Epics – Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Like Suki Sivam, I hope to read more references from these epics.
- Using history from Tamil Nadu – kings and queens of Tamil Nadu; or other great Kings of India – Akbar, Ashoka, etc
- Stories from Birbal, Tenali Raman and Panchatantra
- History from Sekkilar and other spiritual writers like from 64 Nayanmars and 12 Alwars
- Use stories from Shiva puranam, Kandha puranam, 10 Dasavatharams stories
- Stories of Rishis and Siddhas like Agasthiar, Saptharishigal
- Contemporary History – Before Kalam, Nehru, Gandhi, Bose, Bharathi, Periyar, Annadurai, others
- Indian Spiritual Leaders – Ramana Maharishi, Swami Vivekananda, Buddha, Bodhidharma, Mahavir, Rumi
- Sportsmen from India: From Rahul Dravid his daily practice, Padukone his daily practice, Sethi on badminton, on Sachin Tendulkar on how he defeated Shane Warne, Viswanath Anand-Chess
- On issues of casteism. Stories of Dhanraj Pillai, Mikka Singh, Mary Kom, etc could be yet another enlightening source.
- Tamil and Hindi Cinema – Rajni, Kamal, Amitabh, various movies
- Great industrialist and businessmen in India – Tata, Birla, Mahindra, Maruti, TVS, Chettiars and others
- Great business stories from Indian Companies, Indian NGOs, Indian innovators
- Scientist from India – CV Raman, Ramanujam, Chandrasekhar
- Interesting life styles of Indian musicians – AR Rahman, Illayaraja, others