Fascination for Ravana and the big question #Monday Musings
I don’t like missing Monday Musings. Yet I missed posting last Monday. I have had a full house for 9 days until this Saturday with husband joining in on 21st for a break and brother joining in the next day. The following days were full of action with Papa dearest honouring Dhruv’s long list of ‘places to be visited and delicacies to be relished‘ and with mummy getting tagged along. With not a single day of lying low, it was a lot of fun. At the same time, it was extremely tiring for me since I need solitary confinement for atleast half a day in a week to gather my thoughts.
With Dhruv reeling under the weather over the weekend, I am a scatterbrain. However, I do have an intelligent question to share today. I am terming it intelligent because nobody in the house, neither me nor my parents, had an answer to it and not even The ‘sarvgyani’ Google could offer an answer.
In case you are wondering who was the questioner, then I must tell you there is just one person in our house who has the ability to pin us to the wall with his questions and that person is…I know you are sure by now.
Yesterday night, Dhruv was feeling slightly better and we pursued our bedtime reading session. I was reading Junior Kumbhakarna by Arundhati Venkatesh to him.
The story is about a little boy asking his Appa to tell him the story of Kumbhakarna. Kumbhakarna is a giant demon and he loves to eat. He eats huge quantity of food, equivalent to the meal of 100 men and then he goes off to sleep for many many months. One day, the king (there is no reference to the ongoing battle with Ram & Laxman) orders for waking up the giant demon. And thus the amusement gets added to the story with donkeys braying loudly, trumpets and conches being played into his ears, deliciously smelling laddus being brought, soldiers trying hard to wake him up but all these efforts only resulted in Kumbhakarna’s tossing, turning and rolling over to the other side causing a ruckus with falling and fleeing donkeys, men and soldiers. By this time, the boy who had also fallen asleep and was dreaming the story was woken up by his Appa in the morning to get ready for school.
Afterwards we discussed the part of Ramayana set around Kumbhakarna’s episode and that he was the brother of Ravana, the king of all demons. Dhruv is fascinated with the character of Ravana ever since a short film on Ramayan was shown to the students in his class on A/V a couple of months back. That day, he asked me where does Ravana live. I told him he used to live in Lanka which is modern-day Sri Lanka. The next day he asked me “Canada main bhi Ravana hota hai kya?” (Does Canada also have Ravana?) Canada is special since we have relatives in Toronto with whom he had chatted on skype once . Next day the question was “Australia main bhi Ravana hota hai kya?” (Does Australia also have Ravana?) Another question was “Did Ravana really have 10 heads?”
The big question came yesterday. In an illustration, the King Ravana is giving orders for waking up Kumbhakarna and he is shown to have 10 heads.
Dhruv pointed and asked “Did Ravana’s all 10 heads speak at the same time when he gave orders?”