Saturday, April 1, 2017

Anjana #AtoZChallenge‏ @AprilA2Z




"Tell me again, Ma, the story of my birth."

I looked into my son's beady little mischievous eyes, as I nursed his jaw. His attempt to eat the Sun, mistaking it to be a ripe mango, and thus avoiding an eclipse had made Lord Indra rage after him. But he is but a child, I will never forgive Indra for having thrown Vajra (thunderbolt) at Anjaneya. Now he has a permanent mark on his jaw.

"Oh, Hanuman!" I let out a sigh as I looked at him. "Hanuman", I mumbled, 'one with the broken chin'

"Ma?"

"Yes, my love...." I began,

"Not so long ago, in a place faraway from here, King Dasaratha of Ayodhya was a performing a yagna. Like me and your father, VeeraKesari, the King too was praying to have his own children. After Sage Rishyashringa performed the Putrakameshti yagna for King Dasaratha, Lord Agni came before Dasaratha and gave him some payasam (pudding) which was to be be shared between King Dasaratha's three wives."

Hanuman, sat up straight mouthing the words with me as he had heard this the story many a times, both from me and his father. I often wonder what he would think if I told him, how I actually came unto this Earth. What would he say, if he heard the story of Apsara Punjikastala - the heavenly maiden who was cursed by a sage whose meditation she had disrupted and whose looks she had mocked, thus being sent to the Earth as a Vanara (monkey). Would anyone care at all, what my identity was, before I became a wife, before I became a mother?

"Ma, then what happened?"

Ignoring my thoughts, I continued.

"As King Dasaratha was about to hand over the pudding to his third wife, Queen Sumithra, a huge bird snatched it from his hands and flew up in the sky, far from anyone's reach. The bird flew higher and higher and wanted to keep the pudding for herself but a gust of wind blew her way and she lost her grip. It was then that Lord Vayu, the Wind God, following Lord Shiva's orders blew the pudding straight into my hands."

"My Hanuman, I had been praying to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati everyday for you. And finally they heard my prayers. I took the offering and was blessed with you, my Anjaneya, my Pavanputra, my Kesarinandan"

He was beaming ear to ear, and I couldn't help but smile. Does my past matter at all? The path that I took, the roads I walked in my life, in one way or another led to this. It is destiny. To many destiny may mean something, but to me, destiny is 'someone' and that someone is my Son.

I patted his head gently and could see his eyelids dropping. "You are destined for great things, my child" I whispered and promised to be always grateful to the past, present and future.


©AditiKaushiva2017


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These short stories were developed during the A-Z challenge in 2014. Each story is based on 26 colours which commence with every letter of the alphabet from A to Z. The themes developed in these stories range from marital despair to urban city-life blues, from love to loss, from child abuse to infidelity, divorce, and much more.

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35 comments:

  1. What a wonderful, creative take :)
    Not to forget, well-researched.

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  2. Good one. I liked it a lot! Can't wait to read the rest of your posts. :-)

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  3. very well penned and love how beautifully you crafted
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  4. Amazing!! So beautifully penned..... You have set a very high standard for yourself Aditi! Eager to read the rest

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  5. I loved the way you have penned it so beautifully :)

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  6. Wow! That made for a captivating read. I was not aware of a few things in this story!
    A great start to the challenge, Aditi! Kudos!!

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  7. It's like the old fables of how the world was created. Love your version!
    Leanne | cresting the hill

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  8. Good one, I Liked your take on the story. nicely written made mw want to read again so as not to miss any emotions in between.
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  9. Learnt something new today...I didn't know Anjaneya was another name for Hanuman. Nicely woven tale Aditi and must have required a fair bit of research

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  10. Lovely!

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  11. Our Gods have so many names and so many personalities!!! Great post Aditi.

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  12. This was so creative and interesting. As a Christian Canadian, I find it fascinating to learn about. I'm always intrigued by all the Indian Gods and the stories about them.

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  13. That's awesome. I have heard the tale before but never about how Hanuman got his name. Lots of new information here and you have so beautifully narrated it. Oh, I love it!
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  14. Interesting. I think each of has a story individually. Then the stories may shift to our children. We may be called he is so and so's father or mother. That is generation change which happens naturally. About the individual greatness of parents and children, it is a different story and destiny.
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  15. Beautifully narrated!! I got to know two stories today - of Hanuman and his mother :D
    Loving this theme :D

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  16. Lovely! Your theme sounds enticing. I'm not familiar with the subject so I'm looking forward to learning more. Best of luck with the challenge. I'm writing a serial story and hosting a linky link for fiction writers. Add your link if you want and take a look at the first episode. Episode 1: A Cherry Tomato

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  17. Now this is something different that I've come across today and your theme has really intrigued!
    You've written such well-researched, creative post Aditi!

    Cheers
    BoisterousBee

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  18. I'm glad you've chosen to write about this subject. There's a lot I didn't know. Very fascinating.

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  19. Amazing endeavor.Beautiful, well written and so well researched. Waiting for more!

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  20. Such a creative take, and so well researched. Really enjoyed this tale.

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  21. Indian Mythology seems to be a recurring theme in A to Z Challenges! Good take on this story. Cheers!
    Happy AtoZing!
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  22. Beautifully articulated Aditi with a lot of information embedded in it. Enjoyed it:)
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  23. Wonderful, creative and just lovely. And a great way to pass the A to Z Challenge.

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  24. great story. but sadly, I had a hard time pronouncing most of the long names but still, great story.

    good start for A-Z challenge.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Lissa. Yes, I can understand the difficulty with pronouncing a few names but glad you liked it!

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  25. This is pure brilliance. I love your theme and this story also. Can't wait to see what's in store for B

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  26. Loved the way how creatively you had put forward this story!

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  27. Loved the way you narrated the story. I am surely coming back to read other stories.

    Manisha from The Nimble Mime
    A to Z Theme: Flash Fiction
    Letter A: Accomplishment

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  28. Thanks for the visit and commenting on my B post about overcoming writer's block :)

    I started reading your B post, but I realized I probably should first read your A post. You have a nice theme. I get a little dizzy with the many names, but overall, your story is interesting!

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    1. Hi, I can understand it can difficult with few names that are unfamiliar. Glad you liked it!

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  29. WOW! What a great start to your AtoZ Aditi. Are these fictionalized accounts or re-telling of the original myths in your own words? Either ways very interesting and I am looking forward to your B to z.

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    1. Thanks Ishieta! There are so many versions of these stories in our own mythology. The text differs depending on which period it was written in, the region it came from etc. Although I am sticking to the popular mythological stories, you can say they are fictional. I am writing them as we go, so depends largely on my mood too! ;)

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  30. I love your theme. Well researched and beautifully written. :)

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  31. Impressed Aditi! Well written, and very well researched.

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  32. AnjaniPutra, VayuPutra, Hanuman....a classic example of a selfless life of devotion and service.

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