Palace of Illusions


  • I agree overall with your issues with the book. I had some similar issues, but the more I think about it, I feel these are the issues we face everyday. The mother in law issue shouldn’t even be an issue. For Draupadi or us. But the truth is that a lot of the problems women face is because of how they treat it. Call it social conditioning or anything else, Maybe that’s what CBD (so glad you stuck to using CBD :D) intended to show. We are our own enemies in several instances + all the conflicts.

    Her prompting in her brother’s class would probably be feisty. Why should I keep quiet if I know it? Tough luck she was asked to keep away. What if they were impressed? Chance. Risk. Unknown to so many of us. Discouraged by everyone around us and by ourselves.

    • Yes. I do agree with you there about most of it being real everyday issues. My problem is that it is so ordinary. If the intention is to make Draupadi real and normal, it worked, I guess. But I find that very ordinary. In the middle of all the ‘I am here to make history’ rhetoric, imagine fighting with mother-in-law. And nothing comes out of it, no? So, she fought with the mother-in-law and made her own brinjal which her husbands appreciated; she stood behind the door and basked in the glory. The rebellion must have a cause and a logical end, no?

      Prompting in her brother’s class thing – IIRC, she says she knows she will be asked to stop. In so many places, she says she knows and does it because she is rebellious. But in others, for instance in Yudhishtir’s court, she says she knows that even though she is adept in courtly affairs, she must not show her intelligence in public. It came across to me that a lot of her rebellion is just vanity. She rebelled in no place of any worth.

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