Mahabharat 2020: The Epic Lives On

“If You Don’t Like How Things Are, Change your approach , You’re Not a Tree!”

The corporate world seems to revolve around this quote as most of us have seen people at our workplaces, often cribbing about their bosses, office politics, fellow employees, and whatnot. However, only a few of them take up the task to change things around them and make their own path. And, the change starts with being ‘aware’. Those who are still thinking that their environment and people around them are difficult, can take inspiration from the Greatest Epic in the World – Mahabharat. This is my take on the Corporate Mahabharat which is being played everyday at majority of workplaces or should I say ‘Kurukshetras’.

Thanks to the ever increasing bankruptcy of ideas on the idiot box, we were served the great epic of Mahabharata many times over. The actors changed, technology changed, cinematography changed, but the core of Mahabharata remains unchanged.

People have been watching and learning life lessons from the Mahabharata for years and, yet, they cannot comprehend that similar events or characters can exist in modern times as well. There’s a lot of literary work done on this epic which reflects different interpretations of psyche, roles, and impact of different characters. But if you watch this closely, you’ll realize that each sequence of Mahabharata is played out every day in the corporate world. All key characters are still alive and kicking and very relevant in modern times. The very reason I could see these ‘Individuals’ as Mahabharata characters was not because of who they were in their personal lives. Instead, it was their professional relationship with each other, and their actions and reactions in different situations that helped me draw parallels between them and the characters of this great epic.

A Glimpse of Mahabharata

There are numerous characters in Mahabharata and each of them have their fair share of contribution to the events. However, it is not possible for the ‘greatest of the greatest’ writers to encompass even the prominent ones in one write-up. The events in the characters’ lives, and the epic itself, are so fascinating that they have inspired writers across the globe to create amazing stories. And you already know that many Bollywood blockbusters are ‘inspired’ in one way or the other from some chapters or incidents from the Mahabharata.

I’ve carefully picked a few crucial characters from both sides that dominate the ‘Idea of Mahabharata’ and I’ve decided to explain each one of them in a separate article just to cover all the aspects of their personality. Before I start explaining the ‘original characters’ and their ‘real-life’ counterparts, here’s a glimpse of the Great Epic, Mahabharata.

It all happened 5000 years ago where the events were staged according to the decisions of ‘King Dhritarashtra’ and his never ending ambitions. There was a lot going on in those times where the characters had great ambitions, hidden motivations, an incomparable love for friendship, ardent devotion to their commitments, and strength that rivalled the Gods. Mahabharata has not left any emotion or situation untouched which human mind cannot comprehend.

Coming to the point, the ‘Daddy of All Wars’ was fought between two sides of one family – the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Kauravas were 100 brothers while the Pandavas were only a family of 7 people: a mother, 5 brothers, and their one wife. The father of the Kauravas was the blind king, Dhritrashtra, the ruler of Hastinapur. On the other hand, Pandu, who died because of a curse, was the father of the Pandavas and also the younger brother of Dhritarashtra.

The Pandavas were known for their genuine intentions and love for their family while the Kauravas were infamous for attaining what they desired by hook or by crook. While the Pandavas kept on forgiving their cousins for their crooked actions, the Kauravas maintained their innate hatred for them. The one and only reason for such antipathy was the ‘Throne of Hastinapur’.

There were significant individuals who sided, or should we say, leaned towards one side or the other. These characters played a pivoting role in the events responsible for staging the great war. The characters were Arjun- The Mighty Warrior, Bheem – The Angry Powerhouse, Nakul & Sahdev – The Unsung Heroes, Bhishm – The Fall of Incredible, Duryodhan – By Hook or Crook, Dushasan – Selfless but Wrong, Karna – Invincible Yet Unfortunate, Dronacharya- Teacher with Agenda, and Shri Krishna- The Master Strategist.

Now, it all comes down to how the existing ‘real-life’ counterparts of Mahabharata behave in certain situations. You’ll be amazed to see how peculiarly they imitate the behaviour & traits of the characters of Mahabharata.

“This module is for those who are still seeking and haven’t reached a stage of self-actualization.”

The Real Mahabharata is yet to come. Stay tuned!

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