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Draupadi’s Letter To Arjun

This is a letter from the series ‘Letters To…’ where I write letters to a character from a book from the point of view of some other character. This letter draws its roots from the book, The Palace Of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
This is a work of fiction and the author makes no claims for it to be true.

Dear Arjun,

I just pray that wherever this letter finds you you are in the best of your health. Well, isn’t this what all women are expected to do, to take care of their husbands, pray for their well being and prosperity. But I wonder what a man’s duty is towards his wife…?

Before saying anything Arjun, I must tell you how apologetic I am for not being able to love you enough. I often console myself by telling myself it was all written this way, that we were mere actors part of a story which someone else had written for us, but sometimes even that is not enough…

But even after all this I want to understand from you, what is the duty of a man towards his wife?

I, perhaps know how Yudhishtir would respond to this, being an ideal and upright man, he would give me a mystical interpretation for it, while Bheem, being a man full of love, would readily agree to what I say. But you, contrary to anyone else, would give me a rational reply, so what is a man’s dharma towards his wife?

When we pledged to spend the rest of our lives together in front of the holy fire, we also pledged to support each other at all times and protect each other from any kind of harm no matter how bad the situation be, but the memories of what happened at Duryodhan’s court still haunt me. Were you so blinded by your dharma that you didn’t even care to speak up?

What’s the point of having a voice if you are going to be silent in those moments when you are most expected to speak up? So why, is dharma greater even when it comes to the honour of your own wife?

There is no doubt that you are one of the bravest warriors to be born on the planet earth, but a man can never be perfect…

Love,
Panchaali

ALSO READ: Draupadi’s Letter To Vyasa

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