In a Man's World

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In A Man’s World
Nora Ephron, screenplay writer once stated that, “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
She was born out of fire, in circumstances that were not even expecting her, had a complexion which was considered inferior, washed her hair in the blood of the people she held responsible for her fate, followed her husbands because of her love for them rather the duty which ordained, was called Sairandhri (literally meaning the perfect maid) and finally fell on the way to Heaven without getting help from any of her husbands (she had five) except Bheema. She was considered the most virtuous and was known to have a magnetic charm with inexorably pulled men and women towards her. She did these deeds and possessed these qualities – All in a Man’s World.
If one gets into the mind of Draupadi, one will immediately start wondering if she had the time to even look at herself as a victim. In the face of the Assembly Hall where a few moments prior, her clothes were almost ripped off, she asks NOT for revenge on the person acting, the audience witnessing or the person responsible but she asks for the freedom of her husbands when Drithrashtra offers her 3 boons, such is the strength of Yajnaseni (born out of fire). She has not given the world permission to call her a victim. Her troubles are a result of a destructive cocktail of her actions, fate and Dharma peppered with the ideologies of patriarchy.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
Aristotle
Draupadi’s actions showed a serious disregard for the accepted customs and norms. She challenged, refused, refuted, hurled insults and questioned. A woman does not question; she accepts be it good or bad; she does not mock; she does not laugh in the company of men; she does not refuse the contestants of a Swayamvar; she does…...

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