There are many stories that I have posted over the past 3 years.
Alexander the Great…lessons
The Yale Goal setting experiment
The California story of the death of a scuba driver in a forest fire
Arthur Ashe’s attitude
Frankly I have not done enough research to see whether these stories are true or false. Neither does it matter.
All these stories carry a fantastic moral. If you understand the moral and damn the story, so be it. To me it does not matter whether you believe the story or do not believe the story. The question is do you understand the moral of the story.
In all my training life I have found that people remember stories – and therefore the morals, and not the other way around. Ramayana and Mahabharata are also stories with fantastic morals. Jataka tales (i have posted many on this blog) is another amazing treasure house of stories. I have written about Kumbhakarna and Ravana in my stories – does it matter whether they lived?
I have a feeling that ancient Indian writers wrote a lot of fiction as well as commentaries. If it was not a commentary, they would have said ‘this is not a commentary’ so it is possible that Ramayana and Mahabharatha did really happen. Or maybe it did not happen.
Like Rajagopalachari once said ‘This story is either an imagination or a real life story. If it is somebody’s imagination…it is a brilliant imagination’. I cannot agree more.
Now I am trying to write a fiction novel based on the financial services sector…and I have no clue how to start. So if Valmiki and Vyasa could write a masterpiece which has lived 4000 years, that must be some imagination, right?
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