I grew up reading and watching about all the religions in my country and the folklore especially I used to watch on TV was mesmerizing. I hail from India and that being said, I’m sure you all understand what mythology means to me. India is a country of so many religions, so many stories, so many gods and goddesses and so many evils (rakshasas). There are plenty of books like Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Bhagavadgita, etc. Just like kids from western countries read fairytales to go to bed, Indian kids listen to the stories of Rama, Krishna, Sita, Shiva, Vishnu, Saraswati, Hanuman and more millions of gods while going to bed. Living in a secular country like India, I am aware of almost all the festivals that are celebrated in India by every religion including, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_festivals_in_India). There are hundreds of rituals for every occasion and there are hundreds of methods to perform each of those rituals.
We all know how the generations are changing and how well we’re attracted towards latest trends, fashion, gadgets, aliens, and a lot more. I always used to feel that we are growing distant from our roots, stopped believing in our faiths and beliefs and giving less importance to our folklore and rituals. The mythological stories I used read or those I used to hear from my grandmother were not plain religious stories but stories with a moral, a hidden message, a hero, a heroine and a villain and last but not the least supporting characters. They were complete. I craved for my offspring to learn similar stories and experience the magic I felt during my childhood.
In the recent times, I observed a huge difference in the current generation. I noticed that they are drawn towards fairytales, magic, Hogwarts, folklore, and a lot more. While the western countries were going crazy over this genre, I was worried for my own country India. I was worried that the great mythological stories of my culture and its rituals might be buried deep down the various other genres. That’s when I came across ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ by Amish Tripathi.
I read the book and I was overwhelmed. I’m glad Indian authors are exploring the mythology under the modern lens and putting it forward for the latest generations to read with perfect combination of mythology and current scenarios. If you want to read more such Indian mythological stories in modern guise, take a look at the list. If you are a complete stranger to Indian mythology, don’t worry at all, here is a list where you can explore your options and get to know various stories . Here is another list for your reference.
Most of the Indian authors are willing to bring forward our old myths in an exciting new cover. Few of my favorite such authors are, Ashwin Sanghi, Amish Tripathi, Anand Neelakantan, Devdutt Pattanaik, and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
I believe mythology helps us believe in wonders, second chances, magic, forgiveness, and a lot more. Also, we ought to know our roots first and then branch out to other parts of the world.
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