“The Course of True Love…

April 9, 2009 § 6 Comments

…never runs smooth, said Shakespeare”

“That’s Bullshit”

“No its not. Really. I’ll give you an example.”

“What example? Of one of your many ‘patients’?”

“No. The example is of the protagonist of one of the greatest stories ever to be rendered. Interested in hearing it?”

“As if you’ll let me be without giving it a go. So go on.”

“Heard of the Ramayana?”

“Who hasn’t? You’re going to tell me about Ram and his true love for Sita; which makes his fight a war to rescue her from the evil clutches of Raavan? Dude, everybody knows that story!! Don’t waste your breath.”

“No. This is  about Raavan’s true love. For Sita.”


“Yes. Don’t look at me like that. Its just a story baba. Anyways, you see Raavan was madly in love with Sita. It was the love at first sight kinda thing that all the movies talk about nowadays. Except that there were no movies those days. So this must have been the real deal. But you see Sita was married and the perfect Bharatiya nari types. So he had no real chance of having his love reciprocated. Not with Ram around anyways.”

“Oh man! Don’t recite this to the old people, they’ll kill you!”

“Tu sunn na! Okay, so Raavan devises a plan. Being this all powerful rakshas and all, he kidnaps Sita and bundles her back to his palace in Lanka. See, his plan is that if only Sita were to see his own devotion and love towards her, she might fall in love with him too. And he didn’t care about the consequences. But then, there is one hitch. Ram being this all powerful God and all, he is not entirely pleased with the prospect of his wife being abducted by some rakshas. All this is a blot on his honour! So he declares war on Raavan to avenge his honour.”

“And to get Sita back”

“Same difference. Now, Raavan knows that Ram will most probably kill him, if he does not return Sita. But then, he is too far gone in this love business to pay any heed to this advice from his brain. He does the usual war business, sending people to kill Ram and his entourage, knowing fully well that it must and will only end with himself and Ram on the battlefield. But even with all this, he only pines for Sita’s love. He does not even touch her, preferring to just sit in her presence, in the garden she has come to call her own, surrounded by all the guarding rakshashis. He spends his evenings thus, wondering if he’ll ever have her love. Sita doesn’t speak to him. Not much anyways. But strange are the ways of the heart. He starts loving her even more. Even if he has come to accept it that she’ll never be his.”

“You make him sound so awfully heartbroken puppy types. He’s a Rakshas for God’s sake!”

“Meh. Love knows no species. And so Raavan continues to hold out, hoping for that ever so small glimpse of love from Sita. Even when Lanka is half burnt by a marauding simian’s(who they call Hanuman) burning tail (He shouldn’t have told them to burn it, he thinks, in retrospect). Even when Ram’s army invades Lanka. And his asurs are killed in the hundreds. When his own kith and kin are killed and in some cases, slaughtered. People tell him to just give her up, return her and try to make peace with Ram. But he does not.”

“But Sita loves Ram. He is her husband. Why doesn’t Raavan understand that?!”

“Two words. Unrequited Love. And so Raavan decides to battle Ram. He knows this had to happen. And he knows that whether he wins or loses, whether he does or does not return from battle, he will never have Sita’s love. With this known, he sets out for battle, sitting in the garden in her presence for one last time, thinking that he’ll never quite know what it feels like to be loved. And as it turns out, he did lose in battle, he was felled by Ram.”

“So Raavan was like SRK from Darr??”

The Mediator smiled at her. In the background, the Hussainsagar looked particularly pleasant. “Maybe he was”, he nodded. “Tell me, does my story make a good example?”

“Yes. But you are still full of bullshit anyways.”


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