Thoughts While Reading Book – Palace of Illusions

Guest post by Ramya J S D’Rozario. Ramya blogs at Whimsical Compass. She is an avid reader and in this post here she has penned her chain of thoughts while reading the Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Karma

I seem to be reading the Palace of Illusions with trepidation, for I know what ill fared events will come about, and I do not want them to take place. Oh if only Karna could get the life he desired, he deserved. Yes, my heart goes out to him, but fate, time, destiny and death cannot be tricked. Especially death. For if they skip you once, they’ll come back again with the force of a hundred thousand. Maybe at her swayamvar, if Draupadi hadn’t asked her question, her brother may not have been spared that day, and because she uttered that question, her brother died a brutal death eventually.

Over the years, women have been used in the decision making, either as the cause or the end. And more often than not, the means. They’ve been used, they’ve been given the false illusion that they are the ones in power. But how much of it is true? Does it really help to wield a power that is aslant, or one that is bull headed? Or is it better to be like Shikhandi, who can wield both with equal dexterity.
Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Strange are the ways of the Lord, and we can only beg for His grace, generosity and forgiveness. For His own Son was not spared at the Garden of Gethsemane who begged Him to take away the cup of pain. But His Will will be done. We are mere mortals. We are only pawns in His hands.

We think we have a choice, but either way, we only play into the hands of fate. Because life is a circle, some things have a way of coming back to you.

What goes around, comes around.

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18 Responses to “Thoughts While Reading Book – Palace of Illusions

  • Indrani Ghose
    2 years ago

    Thank you Ramya for being my guest in my blog! πŸ™‚

  • Thank You!

  • Nice one Ramya πŸ™‚

  • What goes around, comes around. So true!

  • Good one Ramya.. πŸ™‚

  • Wonderful Ramya:) Thank you Indrani:)
    I read this book last year..

  • Hi Ramya, I have not read C.B. Divakaruni yet but from what you have written, I think not only women, we as people, at some point of time are being used, for whatever purpose. But, I completely agree with your last line ‘what goes around, comes around.

  • yogi saraswat
    2 years ago

    Strange are the ways of the Lord, and we can only beg for His grace, generosity and forgiveness. For His own Son was not spared at the Garden of Gethsemane who begged Him to take away the cup of pain. But His Will will be done. We are mere mortals. We are only pawns in His hands. I did not read but would like to . These words are saying a lot about it . Thnx ramya and big thnx to you Indrani ji for sharing .

  • Ramya powerful… you have literally brushed upon a pandora’s box! The mere though of writing on a subject as amazing as this excites me..Maybe you could continue this in your second guest post? Say?

    • Ramya JS DRozario
      2 years ago

      I’ll give this some thought. Thank you for your immense support. πŸ™‚

      BlogChatter is the best.

  • Interesting. With a name like Karma I can imagine that the protagonist has very little agency in his life.

  • A beautiful post by Ramya and I so so agree with the closing lines!

  • It’s a beautiful book and Ramya has nicely penned her thoughts about it .. Nice guest post Indrani πŸ™‚

  • Ramya JS DRozario
    2 years ago

    Thanks a bunch Indrani! πŸ˜€

  • I loved this book …got me a different perspective of Mahabharat.

  • Nice one Ramya πŸ™‚

  • The book must of very high quality for sure and your thoughts expressed through this review are also quite impressive. Thanks for sharing your take.

    Jitendra Mathur

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