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The Modern Day Draupadi… And The One In Our Epics. Not Too Different?

There was the Draupadi of the Mahabharata, whose voice wasn't heard, but she took revenge. There are thousands of them now, every day, in every home. Only a few speak up; how do they avenge themselves?

There was the Draupadi of the Mahabharata, whose voice wasn’t heard, but she took revenge. There are thousands of them now, every day, in every home. Only a few speak up; how do they avenge themselves?

Targeted by a hundred powerful arrows of lust,

She sang a lonely aria

Rending the times that were

And was avenged

By the gory sight of

A hundred torn pieces of entrails

Pulled out violently from inside the perpetrators

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And strewn

Carelessly

On the bloody battlefield –

Work of classic craftsmanship attributable

To the capable warrior husbands.

 

But the modern day Draupadi is just a woman,

Consigned to the pages of

A musty, mouldy history-

Mottled with indifference

Flecked by incorrigibility.

Her heart wrenching aria

Distorted by doubting listeners,

Attenuated by time,

No longer stir

The callous mind and the stone cold heart

 

Retribution flees in shame.

Vengeance hides in the alcove of oblivion.

Images source: YouTube, By Bollywood Hungama, CC BY 3.0, Link

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Preeth Ganapathy

Preeth Ganapathy is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service. Her works have been published in a number of online literary magazines and journals. read more...

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