Some Ravanayan questions answered

This is in response to some very valid questions raised by the Comic Addicts review of Ravanayan issue #3. Might contain some spoilers, so if you haven't read Ravanayan so far and want to, you might want to skip this one.

On the question about Brahma contradicting himself, chapter 3 does not say that order can't exist. It only says that order can't exist eternally, as Ravana wanted it to. The world is made up of order and chaos in equal parts and that is what Brahma was saying. Order can most definitely exist, but it can't be "kept". It must go away and give its place to chaos and then return when chaos has had its time in the sun. The universe cycles, remember?

About the story being an indication of order, in addition to the point I clarified in the previous paragraph, the other point we want to make with Ravanayan is that stories are powerful things unto themselves. They are more than accounts of events. They are world-changing things with magic of their own. When Brahma speaks of the story, he is indicating, not order, but the promise of some amount of order in the affairs of men brought about by the power of a story. To us the Ramayana is not simply something our story is based on. It is also a vital artifact that fuels our story towards its conclusion. You might say that the Ramayana is a character in Ravanayan! We are not manipulating the Ramayana to tell a brand new story. We are building a sort of wrapper around the Ramayana in order to showcase it better and emphasise its importance and relevance.

Part of the reason behind having Brahma push Ravana towards Valmiki's creation as a solution was to emphasise the fact that stories are magical things by themselves and can affect the nature of reality by being told. Among other things, Ravanayan is a homage to the Ramayana itself. We didn't want to create a radical new tale by twisting Valmiki's original out of shape. I said so some time ago in a DNA interview as well:
It all boils down to what one wants to say and what lengths he is willing to go in order to say it. The problem, in my opinion, with changing well-known stories too radically when retelling them, is that the focus shifts from meaning to events. People (both creators and readers) get too tied up in images and the overall impact of the story ends up being simply sensational. I wanted to steer clear of this sort of sensationalism as far as possible and not deviate from our aim of telling a Ramayana-of-the-gaps story.
Think of it this way. A wild and out of the box story featuring the characters from Valmiki's Ramayana can exist independently of the original. Our Ravanayan needs the Ramayana as its foundation in order to work. That has always been the idea behind our series.

And lastly, the point about Ravana being nothing compared to the all-powerful Vishnu -- true enough. But he was not fighting Vishnu, was he? Vishnu needed only blink his eye to defeat him. Ravana's fight was with Rama, a very human exiled prince. The reason Dashanan  had to go through all of what he went through was because he had to establish himself as a suitably mighty opponent to Rama the underdog. That is how the story goes and that is what our Ravana is working to achieve.