Ramayan is a mammoth work. Compared to Iliad written probably 5th. Century B.C. this stands out as incomparable both in size and depth of story. Many people do not read it, because they think it is very descriptive and boring. This is a terrible mistake. From Ayodya kanda it is very fast paced, and emotional tear jerker far better than most of the stupid TV serials. In common Indian parlance anything dragging is said to be a ‘Ramayana’. This is definitely not correct. The story is even paced and absorbing. As Valmiki is a good writer he also adopts twists in the story like modern times. Infact there are 2 twists in the story. Both the twists are marked by same word यदृच्छयाLet us see how the story turns.
From Balakanda till Rama getting anointed as Yuvaraja (King in wait) story is even paced. Here suddenly the story takes a twist.
Manthara goes to Balcony !! valmiki makes it clear that she (कुब्जां hunch backed) is a vamp and nothing good is going to happen by her perchance visit to balcony.
ज्ञातिदासी यतो जाता कैकेय्या तु सहोषिता |
प्रासादं चन्द्रसङ्काशमारुरोह यदृच्छया || २-७-१
Manthara, a housemaid who was residing with Kaikeyi since her birth, accidentally ascended the balcony of Kaikeyi’s white palace, which resembled the full moon. From here on all hell breaks out. Rama not only loses his kingdom also had to go to live in forest for 14 years. Then one day again यदृच्छया
Again there are not much incidences in forest except for attack by demons in forest. Until another twist. This time a demon comes and Valmiki gives an inclination of the forebodings with a word आजगाम. The she demon came but Valmiki uses a derogatory term as if she landed or emerged. Normally an author has to be totally detached from the characters to write an effective Novel. But as the calamities that are going to fall on Rama may have moved him and has used the word आजगाम ( in (tamil வந்து செந்தா, or in hindi आपहुंची,). Then it is downhill for Rama all the way upto end of Yudha kanda.
तदा आसीनस्य रामस्य कथा संसक्त चेतसः |
तम् देशम् राक्षसी काचिद् आजगाम यदृच्छया || ३-१७-५
At one time when Rama is sitting in hermitage and heartily absorbed in telling narratives some demoness arrived at that place, fortuitously. [3-17-5].
Both the twists are bringing hell to Rama in one case he loses kingdom in the next he loses his beloved wife.
Thanks to Mr. M H Gopalakrishnan