Tales from Puranas
When I look back at what I felt during these recitals, I recollect my grandma's ignited eyes and my father's roars. After listening to the stories from Puranas, these Gods and Demons in fact started to look more like us: they were hungry, sad, angry and playful at times like us. I felt alright even after I felt pangs of jealousy or anger against my siblings or parents because even Ganesha felt so. these tales made Shiva and Parvati look like my own parents who would also be once in a while angry, sad, happy or jealous of each other.
Yes there was a little more than normal leap of faith to imagine that a young boy killed once could be resurrected and planted with an Elephant head, but that's why every work of art created with a little mix of imagination and reality is, isn't it?
Let me share a few tales about the Birth of Lord Ganesha:
Lord Ganesha enjoys enormous popularity throughout India. You would hardly find an Indian household without a single idol/ picture/ digital icon of the Elephant God in it. Famous Indian psycho-analysts recognize Lord Ganesha to embody typical resolutions of developmental conflicts in traditional Hindu society.As I grew up, I realised these festival special bed-time stories from my grandma’s Puranas were actually demonstrations of how the subconscious human mind transformed his/her inner thoughts in to religious fantasies.