App alert: The Ramayana is now available in small, easy audio bytes

 It's such a sound Wikipedia with one subject — the Ramayana. An application delivered in July by The Mind Network (TMN) lets individuals look through stories from the tremendous epic by subject, period, character or spot. Tune in to segments on the timberlands, the idea of virtue, the Vanar Sena or the Kingdom of Lanka. “Our aim is to introduce the timeless, universal tale of good versus evil to those who don’t already know it,” says Bhuwan Arora, 30, a product engineer from Faridabad and author of TMN. “My father, Ved Prakash Arora, inspired me. He is a deeply spiritual person who loves Valmiki’s Ramayana. At some point, I realised I had not read the text myself. In this day of bite-sized information, it struck me that not many my age might read it. And so, amid the lockdown, I decided to present the ancient text in a new format.” The epic is retold as 450 stories, each not exactly a moment long. “I wanted people to think more deeply about the epic, develop their own perspective,” Bhuwan says. “The complexities, which have resulted in over 300 versions, are after all a big part of what make The Ramayana an epic.” The application depends on the two most natural variants — the one by the sage and Sanskrit writer Valmiki, composed at some point between the first and fifth hundreds of years BCE, and the one by the 17th century CE holy person and artist Tulsidas. “To help with research, 30 interns were hired. Some, with backgrounds in dramatics and the theatre, helped the audio narrations too,” says venture lead Brinda Singh. Additional items, for example, pictures of news24nationificant places from the epic as they are today, and character investigations of individuals included in the epic, offer perusers and audience members new knowledge as well, and expect to feature The Ramayana's overall subjects of obligation to one's fellowmen, unwaveringness, honesty. One of the most noteworthy stories for me was that of Sabari, an elderly person who hangs tight for Rama all through her life, and when he at long last showed up at her doorstep, tastes an organic product — there are various variants of this part — and afterward offers it to him," says N Jacintha, 23, a MBA understudy from Hyderabad who helped with research for the Ramayana application. Lakshmana was insulted by this, yet Rama comprehended that she intended no lack of respect and needed to guarantee that what she offered him was new and sweet. It represents to me what genuine commitment looks like.The application contains an aggregate of 15 long stretches of sound substance. A few stories are free; a one-time charge of Rs 250 empowers admittance to the rest.“It is important to retell the Ramayana in whatever way is best suited to the times in which we live. That way it can be introduced to the youth,” says Hari Ram Mishra, right hand educator at the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. “I enjoyed the app. But I’d suggest the voices be more emotional to have greater connect with the listener.”