Sundara Kãnda (the beautiful canto) of Valmiki Ramayana the adi kavya (the foremost poetical composition) is a rare work of art that is embellished with all nava rasas (nine emotional / aesthetic impressions). What is more, as the following verse illustrates, it was the forerunner of the magic realism of our times - "Gripped she then him by shadow /
Cast which Hanuman coast to coast; Recalled he in dismay then / What Sugreev said at outset / That one fiend had aptitude / To grip its prey by mere shadow".
Magic realism and miracles apart, Sundara Kãnda tends to inculcate fortitude and generates hope in man for it is a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds. Besides, it portrays how Seetha, on the verge of self-immolation, overcomes despair to see life in a new light and how Hanuman's Odyssey paves the way for Rama...