On the subject of Indra, one thing that really struck me about Wednesday's episode - why did Parvati choose to forgive Indra?
Note that there ain't a mention of any role of Mahadev or Parvati in the Ahalya story, so here, if they chose to bring it in, it's one thing. But having done that, we have a bizarre sequence here:
- Parvati initially refuses to forgive Indra, and in fact threatens to curse him if he didn't get lost
- However, when Indra appeared @ Ganesh's party, Parvati forgave him just b'cos of the occasion
This is total hooey! If Indra doesn't deserve to be forgiven (I agree w/ Parvati's initial reaction here), then how is Ganesh's birth a rationalization for forgiving him? Does Ganesh's birth make the pain that Ahilya went through any lesser? Or Indra's crimes any less heinous?
Parvati is not an average housewife - getting totally pissed off one moment, and absolutely the personification of love the next. Such a persona is more Lakshmi than Parvati. Parvati's attitude is supposed to be identical to Ma Durga's when faced w/ such issues - she's supposed to take these crimes seriously, not merely go w/ her emotions
They would have done well to have left out Ahilya's story altogether, instead of giving it this ridiculous twist that they did of forgiving Indra. And incidentally, Indra went on to be defeated by Meghnad, so even that part can't be completely true.