Kaikeyi's chambermaid

A small seed has been planted in the heart of our youngest queen. This seed bears the venom of all the poison ivy in the forest. It bears...

A small seed has been planted in the heart of our youngest queen.
This seed bears the venom of all the poison ivy in the forest.
It bears the ominous fruit that will ripen in the heartache of a kingdom,
over fourteen years of wait.

I watch old Manthara digging slowly as she prods the Queen's pride,
she plants the sapling of envy and greed so deep that the young mother mistakes it for
her own. The old woman leaves the impression of her scheming hands on the
impressionable soil that nurtures the royal children.

Manthara tills it over and over with the words "mother" and "old promise"
and the sapling grows and engulfs the palace. Like a wise old tree that cuts off
the vine feeding on it from itself, the will to do away with the animosity among
brothers must come from within them.

The promise of the false fruit luring Kaikeyi can now only be
uprooted by Bharat's selflessness, but only before it is too late.
Look, Kaikeyi has already summoned the King...what a merciless demand!
Meanwhile, we can only stand mute like nodding flowers and watch
our favourite garden slowly shrivel into a field of thorns.


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4 comments

  1. A peek into Mantra's mind - very strong imagery. I like the gardening metaphor.

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  2. I love the way you have used the metaphor due to which the flow of the narration remains intact. The whole essay explained the actions and plotting of the main vamp which made the read very interesting. Thanks.

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  3. I love the way you have depicted this, the flow of words just charms me.

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