Posted: 26 August 2013 at 3:07pm | IP Logged
Linny..i had promised you a post on the General.. but i never wrote it
coz you gave ''the clash of intents''.. though most of what i believed
in came true there, it still had a few things that got me
chapter made me pause,rethink n re-consider all the facts.
but today i keep my promise.
GENERAL SHYAM MANOHAR JHA ;
Initially when i started reading this tale, i had a very high opinion about him coz i could see no flaws in him..
Originally posted by shass
but with the passage of time,
i could see into his actions n how well hidden he was.. and my opinion about him changed
especially when you gave the chapter ''trespasser''.. the way he made
that proposal to khushi, i thought he didn't love her but wanted her
only to cure his curse n since then i have only concentrated on his
hypocrisy,selfishness n great manipulating ability.. you had said that there were two lies told by him there,n later confirmed the second one to be about ''his family''..which means he really wanted her as his heart's ''companion''. n i could not see that till ''the clash of
intents'' .. it was just not the ''intentions'' that clashed
that night, it was the ''beliefs'' too..
so far,i hv understood him to b a vry good man,he helped a simple
village girl,saved hr life twice,while facing da danger directly.. he's
brave,coz he fights fearlessly in da battle, marches ahead without thnkg
abt da danger dat surrounds him..he's a General for sumthg,ryt?..he's
compassionate coz he feels fr his men,his land n he values thm bcoz dats
y he's here..his pride doesnt let him b dependent upon his
brothr-in-law n wife.. esp,dat in ur previous chps lin [25 n 27] he ws
offered to leave his current job coz lady anjali missed him alot..bt he
ddnt,yes she ws ryt,fr him thgs lyk honor n dignity means more thn nethg
else.. he probably luvd his Lady Queen alot n pampered hr too,luvd
living his lyf wth hr,da peace n harmony, bt all dat changed with khushi
arriving on da scene! lyk lord Arnav,he too cn see into hr soul thru her
eyes.. beautiful !! so he's not a shallow man..he's
intelligent,intellectual n admirer of not only wt he cn ''See'' bt wt can
only b ''Felt'' too..
What may have got him
near the Raizada's n marry Lady Anjali, only time will tell.. but he
never loved her..he cared for her just to keep his mask intact, he acted
well,though.. n why
that was important for him? too will unfold in due course.. but it seems
he did have some superior reasons to play the role of a loving
recently, i realized that he's not scared of Lord Arnav either.. n he
kept things secretive from rest of the world until he could,for reasons
only he knows.. but all
this while one cant over look the fact that Gen shyam is still a human
being, n their are limits to everything..he must have his own
uncertainties n fears n weaknesses to rule him.. he's not perfect.. neither in goodness, nor in evilness.
He's the most complex of all the characters in your tale linny.. and i
understand well,when you say that he takes all your strength to be
sketched this way.. coz it takes all my strength to understand him. n i love him just as much as i love Lordy's character..
coz he's been sketched perfectly with all that evilness residing within him.. his
character has its own beauty n i could always see that.but i want to ask you.. HOW DO YOU DO IT?? HOW CAN YOU BE IN HIS MIND SO WELL??feel sorry that i have no other words to describe your God-gifted talent.. you are a ''GENIUS''!!
.. there are people
even in real life, where when we hear about their decisions &
actions, we question their ethics n morals.. but we condemn them coz we
look at them through our POV..but what will happen when we'll look at
them through theirs?? Gen. shyam is also such a
person,silently existing among the good people,pretending to be good,
but hiding the darkness that rules his heart. because there's no other
way to exist,as they need to be accepted by the world,how else can they
be part of it? its very easy to judge him, but so hard to
understand him coz we look at him from our own POV..we find him selfish,
a liar n an opportunist,a hypocrite.. but when you look at him through
his own eyes.. he lives
his life according to his ''beliefs''.. n coz we think good/positively
everything, we wonder what may drive him to such an extend??but to him,
The ''trespasser'' has answers to most of what he really is.. All
these years he was alone n lived with his own secrets that horrified
him.. but somehow he felt he could not share himself with any one.. the
reason why he says to lordy..
The General didn't
see this, for he had turned his gaze back to the land before him, "It is the
unseen and the unfelt that last...What is seen attains immortality when it
i think here he was referring to the state of
his heart.. his loneliness and the pain it causes him. its ''unseen'' n
''unfelt'' by the world, but its very real to him.. and coz he has seen
it.he knows how dreadful it is .. and coz the world cannot see it n so
cure it, it seems to haunt him forever.
i think he too had lost
hope for any cure back then but then khushi entered his life.. he fell for her. n
when he realized it,he started pursuing her..
meeting her he kept thinking about her n his thoughts were also haunted
by her face,like lordy's were..whether he was with his wife, on the battle field or with
lightning he kept think n missing her..
Lightning's snout nudged his shoulder and he looked at
her from the corner of his eye, "I cannot help it, Lightning. I cannot do
Her Master looked across the land before him, pulling
the grass near his knee, and spoke as if in a daze, "She is a bewitching young
girl, pulling at the fibres of my heart with just those wondrous eyes of hers."
the tug at heart that both men felt, was itself explained by lord Akaash as..
Akash shook his head at his brother's humor, "There is no such need of
superfluous undertakings. The moment I see her, I will know it's her."
And then he looked at his brother, "It's like''.one will feel this tug
at one's heart if one ever chances upon the girl one is destined for."
i think that the two curses have the ''true love'' clause,as part of the
lordy has been ''BLOCKING'' the words of the cure coz he never believed
in true love,marriage,relationships,God or destiny.. for whatever events
that occurred ten years ago,left him distrustful of the above... he
thinks that there's nothing in this world that could be as selfless,pure
n sacrificing that can cure him.. for him,the only relationship thats
capable of all that is the one he shares with his sister.. though he
loves khushi, he still does not realize he loves her, he always
associates it with his ''weakness''.. but the day he'll realize it,
he'll get one step closer to his cure.
But,the General believes in it so he's aware of such a feeling..
the reason why he said to Lightning..
You'll carry me to love too, Lightning. to the end
of this wretched curse," assured her rider, and the prophecy made upon the
white horse lingered in the air, as the white horse flashed over the land,
leaping in the bright light of the sunlight, its rider a dark silhouette upon
her white form.
has a very honest relationship with his
mare.. n i have found him to be truest, when he's with himself or
lightning... so he was telling her the truth.. he was going to meet
his love, which is khushi.. n the true love will be his key to ''freedom
from the curse''.
He tried every thing to impress khushi n to show how good he
was. tried to woo her by first acquainting with her by writing letters
to her, establishing friendship & trust..then
when he was a little surer he proposed her by asking her to be his
''Companion of the Heart''. but he didn't calculate khushi's feelings n a possible rejection , so the plan backfired. she refused n he got hurt.. but
he never gave up, after all he's very ambitious n likes to win at all
cost. he still thought he had a chance, he would have devised some new
method to get her but destiny intervened, his mask was lifted n khushi
found out about the truth.. he was terribly hurt that night,he cried in
hopelessness before he planned the next step n burned the letters that
lordy came to know about.. may be he was really going to abduct khushi
that night, but she got married to lordy n her little speech n the
hatred he saw in her words n eyes left him heartbroken.. he was
horrified by the thought of hurting her while attacking lordy that
night. his pain was real, coz after such a long time, he saw hope n
happiness in the form of khushi but now he could see that there was a
battle well lost.. she would never love him n he'll never get cured..
her loyalty will always be
towards her husband now.
somehow, for him love seems to be something he can possess,irrespective
of what the other may think and feel.. i feel, he's one man who truly
''ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE & WAR.''
... may be
thats why he's so obsessed with getting khushi..coz the selfishness in
him does not let him see the difference between right and wrong..
however, i'm more interested in knowing what formed such beliefs for
him?? coz no man is born bad, his circumstances lead him to believe in
certain things..those beliefs that are the basis for one's intentions,decisions & actions.
I had once said about the general...
Originally posted by shass
to b in love isnt a crime n
isnt sumthg u cn control eithr..bt what choices u mk , mks u eithr good
or bad.. he's cursed indeed..he's in love; a curse dat vl eithr bring
out da beast in him n he'll b consumed by selfishness n wickedness or if
he rises above all dat n proves himself of wt da world thnks of him for
nw!! A better Person !!
well, we finally know that he is consumed by not just selfishness n
wickedness but obsession too.. when all that is present at the same
time, one cannot see the wisdom in one's actions.. There has to be
something within him, thats dark enough to earn him the
curse.. so far his flaws justify it. but the ''real him'' has been so
well hidden from the world. i feel its time LH unmasked him.. n so we see him fall for his own ''Destruction''...
PS; thinking about souly's fragile nerves!sorry buddy but i had to make references so it could not be done in a few lines.. btw souly, there are more coming your way...
Edited by shass - 26 August 2013 at 4:08pm