A few days of reading Greek mythological thriller novels, I seemed to notice more things around, among which the dryads (tree spirits) and naiads (water spirits) greatly influenced my attention.
Every time a tree caught my sight I anxiously waited for one of the spirit ladies with green flame frolicking in their eyes to come pouring out of the tree. Unfortunately, that did not happen. As for my home, their might have been a few mango spirits, a neem and maybe some coconut spirits (though I have never heard of coconut spirits) that might have stirred with a little more pleading before my mom called me inside from the wilderness of the twilight lit garden.
She was really annoyed by the way I drank water from a glass jug, carefully avoiding swallowing any naiads. I tried my best to control the water just like Percy Jackson did in the adventure book, but I ended up breaking a glass filled with water.
I was also very astounded about the fact that almost all mythologies conveyed the same message, that each natural substance had a spirit within.
Something that I really noticed? Most of us disregard the fact that gods do exist. It do not mean everyone is like that, but some of us. Great poets and writers hope to put such neglect into words, where we realise the hidden meaning of all the legends. Looking upon all of them, we can get only one soul meaning – that gods do exist everywhere to watch upon us and to support us when we are wrong. The holy books and beliefs urge us to do our part as humans, helping our surroundings and loving and caring for our dear ones.
Be it Greek or Hindu, Bible or Quran, the essence is the same. God is something inside us, someone or something that pushes us to our extents. As the famous word goes, ‘thathwamasi’, the god is within you.
All of these thoughts struck slowly through my mind, as I was sitting beside the laptop screen reading through my favourite novel, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Mom couldn’t believe I had thought so much while travelling with Percy through his journey in the book. Though now I had proved her that I can learn so much from a simple novel.
And so, again I entered into the world of Percy to unravel the fun of reading, this time with something more to think about other than dryads and naiads. 😉