The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami
Victims walk around with a dark cloud over them, hoping someone else will The savior-victim dynamic appears in all types of relationships, not just those Eventually, they end up failing to meet each other's expectations. This is especially important for understanding Nananda's point of view and character as she doesn't speak until the end of the book. avesisland.info: The Hero's Walk: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) ( ): Anita Rau The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel by Anuk Arudpragasam Paperback $ .. Challenging characters and plot with a purpose.
Typically, this event presents your hero with their first real taste of danger, especially as presented by the story's villain or secondary antagonists. The hero chooses to continue on their journey despite their new awareness of the unknown world's dangers, thus cementing their willingness to change.
After solidifying their commitment to the journey, your hero's journey doesn't get any easier. Trials and tribulations begin to crop up, forcing the hero to fight hard to keep moving forward. In many cases, these conflicts prey upon your hero's doubts, fears, or personal character flaws, jostling your hero's resolve.
Still, your hero presses forward, determined to achieve their story goal and complete their journey despite the heightened stakes and increasingly dangerous conflicts on the road.
Approaching The INnermost Cave. This recognition often presents itself fully as your hero knowingly heads into the thick of that danger. But before facing this epic conflict, the hero takes a moment to reflect upon all they have learned, sometimes wrestling with doubts and fears they experienced earlier in their journey, and may also face a small series of additional trials and tests. Facing The Great Ordeal.
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Upon making their approach to the innermost cave, the hero is faced with a task of great and dangerous importance, such as a physical fight, a complex and life-threatening puzzle, or a deep inner conflict. To emerge victorious, the hero must draw upon everything they've learned thus far in their journey and, in some cases, make a terrible sacrifice. This moment marks the story's midpoint and the biggest climactic event the hero has experienced thus far.
In most cases, the hero will emerge victorious, though not without great cost. A metaphorical — or sometimes literal — death has forever changed the hero, transforming them into a stronger version of themselves. Luke is forever changed when he witnesses Obi-Wan's death at the hands of Darth Vader as they attempt to escape. Despite finding victory at a steep cost, the hero is often rewarded for facing the great ordeal by receiving some sort of prize or reprieve, either for themselves or for their people.
This most often comes in the form of receiving a magical object, receiving new insights or powers, or reuniting with a kidnapped or long-lost relation. Atonement on The Journey Home. After finding victory during the great ordeal and receiving their just reward, the hero sets out for home. In many cases, they've fulfilled the objective they originally embarked on their journey to achieve, but their life now doesn't quite match the vision they'd had for it when they began.
The hero may try to overcome this strange feeling by atoning for any wrongs committed during the first half of their journey. However, while the dangers of the unknown world have been replaced by the acclaim of being a known hero, conflict far worse than the great ordeal lurks just over the horizon In Ender's Game, Ender experiences such a discord between his former self and his current identity upon learning that he was tricked into committing genocide against an alien race.
At last, the hero finds themselves in their last and most dangerous encounter with death. Whether battling the story's villain, facing great physical peril, or choosing between personal success and that of higher meaning, to emerge from this conflict unsuccessful would have vast consequences for both the hero and those they left behind in their known world. The stakes in this moment are incredibly high, marking this moment as the story's true climax, as well as the true and ultimate rebirth of the hero.
In finding victory over literal or metaphorical death, the hero saves their people from harm and at last finds acceptance for their new sense of self. Continuing with our Ender's Game example, Ender experiences true resurrection when he discovers a dormant bugger's egg and sets out to transport it to a new home planet, also writing a book in the alien race's defense. Returning to the Known World. He suffered humiliation when he was ten years old. His father embarrassed him and his mother by walking out with his mistress.
Sripathi is trying all his life to get over that humiliation. Speaking of his mother, Ammayya, I know that she was a rather hateful character, but at the same time, I felt that the narrative came even more to life when she was around. Did you feel that way about her? Oh, I was really fond of Ammayya! I took a great deal of pleasure working on Ammayya. She was sort of tragic--even though she was a nasty character.
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She had been dealt a bad hand. And I'm one of those optimists who believes that nobody is completely rotten. There is something that makes them do things that are rotten.
And Ammayya was one of those. She's been dealt nothing but disappointment and unhappiness and betrayal, so it's not surprising that her whole nature curdled. I did enjoy working on her, because she was the one character that just let loose, did what she wanted, and said what she wanted to say.
Did you ever write a draft in which Maya spoke?
In the book, she doesn't. I had a chapter in which Maya interacted with her father. I dropped it, because it just became too much. There were too many characters, and I thought, "Well, I'll focus on this family that's here, that's alive.
It seems like a lot of the women and girls in the story measure themselves against Maya--Putti, Maya's daughter, and even her mother. Right, because she was the one who got away.
And she was successful by anyone's standards. In the book, Putti thinks about it, and she thinks that Maya, even though she died young, had lived as full a life as most people who live to old age. In the book, most of your main characters are women. Were you consciously interested in exploring women's roles in India? But in most homes, from what I know of them, even though the woman's place in that particular home might be in the home, still, she is queen of her house.
So I like exploring the many different incarnations of women in that country, actually. You find quite a range of these women in this book--each one of them embodies a completely different personality type.
And how can you write a book that's only full of men, anyway? I mean, half the population of this world is women. In the last fifty years, since India got its independence, you find women in every sphere of life. Whether they're at home, or going out to work, they work as doctors, as nurses, as women who come in to clean your house, so to not include this range would be to do them a deep injustice.
Speaking of writing about India, did you feel that you were writing for an Indian or a non-Indian audience? Actually, when I was writing the book, I was just writing for the sheer pleasure of writing. Because I had a story that I wanted to explore, I had a bunch of characters I wanted to play with, and that's why I wrote the book.
I wasn't thinking about an audience. It's only after a book is done that I start wondering about who is likely to read it. Because you're right, an audience here in North America is going to react to the book differently. And an audience in India will look at it differently. It's a very textured book. There are so many details included about Toturpuram, the imaginary town, so it made me wonder: Did you do any research about Indian life, or is it all from your imagination?
This is a life that has always fascinated me. There are these narrow streets in Madras, a south Indian city, and we have some relatives who live in those little alleys and streets.
And these are people who had lots of money. They were very well-educated, but they still lived in these tiny, ugly, filthy houses on these messy streets.
And they were so crazy--the whole lot of them! They lead these bizarre lives full of ritual and cling to the most peculiar old-fashioned conventions and rituals, and at the same time, they all had the latest in technology in their homes.
They'd have the latest computers, the latest televisions, but that's it--they'd be sitting on the floor, and watching these TVs and working on the computers. It was the most peculiar kind of lifestyle and it used to fascinate me. So this whole book is a recreation of those little roads and alleys, the little communities that were so different--I just loved it. It's almost completely imagined or reconstructed from what I remember of those roads. When I used to visit, I didn't mind going there and sitting for hours, absorbing all the little nuances and details and things, because they were so peculiar.
The Raos are Hindu, but they seem to be surrounded by a wild mixture of religions. Can you talk about the mix that you were trying to get across? It's something that exists on a daily basis on practically every street in India. You have people who are Hindus, Muslims, Christians--not just Catholics, but Protestants, you name it, all kinds of Christians--a hundred other religions, living side by side.
And the kind of personal religion that people end up practicing is a bizarre concoction of ritual drawn from each other. So everybody ends up celebrating everyone else's festivals. Unless, of course, someone is a real stickler, like Ammayya. There are people like her, who sort of hate everybody else around them.
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They are convinced that their way of life is superior or more relevant than anybody else's. So, on the one hand, you have that easy integration-- especially people like Sripathi, who was brought up in a generation that was preoccupied with other things, such as getting over the British occupation, so religion and caste hardly mattered.
Then you have younger people who just don't care.The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami - Canada Reads 2016 - CBC
For them, it's more important to go out there, find a job, make a living, build a flat. Finally, there are people like Ammayya who really care about preserving the traditions, and they make a big fuss. That's all part of the landscape, and it's bewildering!
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It's also very interesting for a writer. Do people care about caste in India today? Ammayya seemed to care about it, but for others, everything seemed more integrated. Especially in urban areas, nobody cares so much, because you are forced to live in the same buildings. There is so, so little space. You can't be thinking about whether you are living in a street that has only Brahmins, or in a building that has been touched only by Muslims or Christians. You just live there, because that's the only place that you can find.
So such distinctions just crumble away. There are people who maintain them, at all costs.