Sunday, August 2, 2009
The life of a concubine
In the great palace, opposite the most amazing Taj Mahal, there is a courtyard, overlooked by a series of windows. At each window, there is room for one concubine. Can you imagine yourself there?
For me, the only consolation would be that this was in the Hindu section. The King, after all, had three wives (to ensure that he had the perspective of each of the three major religions), and concubines of each 'variety' as well. Surely he wouldn't have had enough time for me.
That's my modern 'feminist' spin on all things concubine, and all things 'trapped in a window overlooking the King's courtyard'.
For me, some of the things I see in the world are there so that I can be more grateful that ever to have been born when and where I was.