Sundara Kānda: Hanuman’s Odyssey
GenreSpiritual / Adventure
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Submitted:Thursday, 28 January 2016
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While Mahabharata's Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana's Sundara Kănda is sought for spiritual solace; many believe that reading Sundara Kănda or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings!

Miracles apart, it's in the nature of Sundara Kănda to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in one and all. After all, isn't it a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds! Again, won't it portray how Seetha, on the verge of self-immolation, overcomes despair to see life in a new light? Besides, how Hanuman's Odyssey paves the way for Rama to rescue his kidnapped wife!

One is bound to be charmed by the rhythm of the verse and the flow of the narrative in this sloka to sloka transcreation of Valmiki's adi kavya - the foremost poetical composition in the world.

What is more, as the following verse illustrates, it was the forerunner of the magic realism of our times – “Gripped she then him by shadow / Cast which Hanuman coast to coast; Recalled he in dismay then / What Sugreev said at outset / That one fiend had aptitude / To grip its prey by mere shadow.”


List of chapters

Ch. 1 Hurdles in Skies
Ch. 2 City in Clouds
Ch. 3 Prelude to Entry
Ch. 4 Foray into Fort
Ch. 5 Life in Lanka
Ch. 6 Precincts to Beat
Ch. 7 Palace in the Plane
Ch. 8 Pushpak’s Prowess
Ch. 9 Harem at Night
Ch. 10 Women in Want
Ch. 11 Qualms of Celibate
Ch. 12 At Wits End
Ch. 13 Errand in the Bend
Ch. 14 Garden of Grief
Ch. 15 Withered Flower
Ch. 16 She is Seetha
Ch. 17 Guards all Hideous
Ch. 18 Ravan on Heat
Ch. 19 Dame in Despair
Ch. 20 Womanizer at Work
Ch. 21 Steadfast in Love
Ch. 22 Deadline to Death
Ch. 23 Guards that Pander
Ch. 24 Carrot and Stick
Ch. 25 Hapless Soul
Ch. 26 Wandering Thoughts
Ch. 27 Dream of a Nightmare
Ch. 28 On the Verge
Ch. 29 Good Tidings
Ch. 30 Hanuman’s Dilemma
Ch. 31 Rama’s Ballad
Ch. 32 Is it True?
Ch. 33 Genesis of Exile
Ch. 34 Swings in Mood
Ch. 35 Winning the Trust
Ch. 36 More of the Same
Ch. 37 Aborted Move
Ch. 38 Story to Tell
Ch. 39 Doubts to the Fore
Ch. 40 Repeats the Dose
Ch. 41 Rampage in the Park
Ch. 42 Panic in the Town
Ch. 43 Itching for Fight
Ch. 44 Takes on Prahastha’s Son
Ch. 45 Marshals in the Mire
Ch. 46 Generals in the Dumps
Ch. 47 Akshay’s Life on Line
Ch. 48 It takes Indrajit
Ch. 49 Ravan’s Darbar
Ch. 50 Cause of Loss
Ch. 51 Advice to Deliver
Ch. 52 Placates the Sibling
Ch. 53 Tail on Fire
Ch. 54 Arson to Hurt
Ch. 55 What of Seetha?
Ch. 56 Havoc of a Take-off
Ch. 57 Flight sans Hassles
Ch. 58 Odyssey in a Nutshell
Ch. 59 Pep Talk to Peers
Ch. 60 Angad on Rebound
Ch. 61 Eying the Madhuvan
Ch. 62 Orgy in the Garden
Ch. 63 Sugreev’s Reading
Ch. 64 Return of the Platoon
Ch. 65 News in Brief
Ch. 66 Tears in Torrents
Ch. 67 Hanuman’s Replay
Ch. 68 Times of Hope
Ch. 69 Embrace of a Gift - Yuddha Kanda (War on Ravan)
Ch. 70 Coronation and After