I am assuming we all have watched, heard and read about Great Indian Epic Mahabharat. A concise version of Mahabharat is as following “The Mahabharata is an ancient Indian epic where the main story revolves around two branches of a family — the Pandavas and Kauravas — who, in the Kurukshetra War, battle for the throne of Hastinapura. Interwoven into this narrative are several smaller stories about people dead or living, and philosophical discourses.”
The Venn diagram above is an interpretation of a ‘Draupadi’ (Princess/Duty bound Wife). Why ‘Draupadi’? Because she epitomises wholly or partially the dilemma of a “Key Women in a family oriented society”.
Before ending this series, will be sharing few observations:
- If we compare Draupadi’s plot with any other warrior or king in this series, she comes out equally competitive and dedicated to her goal/duty.
- I am skipping an interesting dual between Shakuni V/s Vidur (I believe popular television have always underplayed Vidur)
- Yudhistira seemed duty bound and an individual by book, but some of his tactical manoeuvre had shade of extremely liberal mind i.e. Betting Draupadi in a Game of Dice/Chausar.
- Most Strongest i.e. Bheeshma was most Vulnerable.
- Duryodhana was a king with the most difficult regime.(Constant fear of a known enemy at the gate, Growing trust deficit amongst people of his kingdom, Family at constant crisis & A Bad boy image.)
- Arjuna never had duality in his behaviour, hence he faced a dilemma going into the war.
- It appears, even Lord Krishna was not fully aware of the entire Mahabharata. (Probably, other Gods were having the best of him.)
Mahabharata a guiding light!