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.
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.
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.