The problem is that in Indian culture someone is judged by what they wear, and that someone is usually female. Knowledge and attire should not be a cause/ effect experience. Learning, probing, exploring new avenues clothe the mind, not the body. these days, Americans are getting funded to study in India because of their willingness and interest in exploring something new or differently and they’ll return with new, exciting ways of seeing something that others – dressed for the part- haven’t seen.
South Bangalore is known for its traditional set up and that was where I found myself on Wednesday, attending a talk about the characters of the Mahabharata.
It was conducted by a highly religious and learned man, who also happened to be so old that he had no teeth, the character he decided to speak about was Ghandhari.
I got a glimpse of the story from merely the point of view of Dharma, with lengthy explanations about the difference between Krishna and Shakuni. Which as was their intentions, Shakuni’s selfish intentions and Krishna’s intentions of societal good. Which I’ve always understood and never had trouble wrapping my head around.
I had a bunch of questions at the end of the session about Ghandari’s decisions, so I walked into the side room where the old man was sitting and I even got my answer.
What stayed with me was the way…
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