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The News Minute | January 11, 2015 | 11.06 am IST Imagine all those people, living for today- John Lennon In a post-modern world, there are multiple ways of telling a story. And there are also so many tellings of the same story. In his essay Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five examples and three thoughts on translation, A K Ramanujan traces the Rama story across the vast expanse of lands, peoples, languages and cultures in south and south-east Asia. He says in the essay that the Rama story has existed in 22 languages in this region; and this is not counting the ones in English. To describe the various Rama stories, Ramanujan uses the word “tellings” instead of “versions”. Explaining why, he says: “I have come to prefer the word tellings to the usual terms versions or variants because the latter terms can and typically do imply that there is an invariant, an orginal or Ur-text, usually Valmiki’s Sanskrit Ramayana…” Now back to the present story of John Lennon’s song Imagine.  The present story isn’t a variation or a telling. It’s another manner of telling the song, showing it, rather in beautiful illustrations. Here’s an example. You can find the whole comic strip on Films for Action .  And for those who have not heard the song, listen to it here:
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