Moral of the story!

Yes, it has been the endeavor of many writers, film makers, directors to leave a moral behind in their stories or film scripts. We have been listening to many religious stories and scriptures etc. which tell us that in the end truth prevails and nice people win in the end.

With that in mind, our film makers give full chance to the villains and vamps, say for more than 2 hours in a film lasting for around 3 hours and in the end, they find a way to declare the hero and the heroine victorious.

This has been the aim of most of the story writers to give such a clear and loud teaching that in the end the good natured and God-fearing people win, though during most part of the movie, these are the villains and vamps who enjoy a lot. In our education system also we have a regular question- ‘What is the moral of the story?’

For last more than a month I have been watching a Serial ‘Chakravorty Samrat Ashok’. In this serial also, which is based on historical inputs, we find that all the characters from the Royal family, except Ashoka and his mother Dharma are always busy in conspiracies, and they are most powerful. Not only that they always weave stories to prove before King Bindusara that Ashoka was wrong and they were right. Though I felt that had there been recording facilities, close circuit cameras etc. during that period, most of these conspiracies could have been exposed.

Anyway, I just want to mention that till recent time it was considered necessary to write stories with some teaching, to spread moral values and to assure the readers that in the end truth prevails.

Great Hindi novelist and story writer- Munshi Prem Chand ji also wrote most of his initial stories and novels in that style. But later he felt that we should portray things the way these are happening in real. With that in mind he wrote his famous Novels- Gaban, Godaan etc. In Godaan the priests keep making the hero spend on various things to get peace in life but in the end he could not provide a cow, as Godan for ‘climbing the stairs to heaven’.

A story by Prem Chand Ji- “Poos ki Raat’ also comes to my mind in which the poor farmer keeps a watch on his fields during very cold nights of ‘Poos’ month, until he maintains the hope that he can save his crops. Prem Chand Ji also mentions in this story ‘Hope is the mother of zest’, meaning that as long we have hope to achieve something, we keep making our efforts with sincerity. In this story the farmer finally finds that whatever he may do, he would not be able to get his crops, then he leaves everything to God and his fate and goes to sleep, away from his field and the chilling cold.

So, this is the time that literature is becoming more realistic and there is not excessive morality and teaching tendency. So, after reading every story, we need not look for a moral in it, but try to be more aware, so that we are able to face all kinds of situations.

This is my humble submission on the #IndiSpire prompt- Do you look for a moral in every story? Share any story. #StoryTime

Thanks for reading.