POI angle doesnt even make any sense to me unless Panchali has serious masochistic tendencies. I think most people who talk about that angle have significant sympathy for their character and want their hero to get the girl. Not only that, since she used his caste as an excuse at swayamvar, these authors seem to want her on her knees begging
My reasons for not believing it as possible or even probable
1) They had NO interactions except 2 very negative ones
2) In all her depictions, she is shown to be self-respecting. Why on earth would she behave totally contrary
3) Lets say he won the swayamvar. He would have handed her over to BFF, which would have been infinitely worse fate for Panchali. Panchali was very politically astute, she would have known this
4) No way in hell her husbands allowed Karna to interact with her. I know she was her own boss, but because no husband would want a gang of known pervs to loiter around his wife
I am open to interpretations of all kinds. Because, really, who knows what they felt? I always felt that Vyasa's narration would have been colored by the fact that he is talking to Parikshit, the grandson of Arjun and Subhadra. Liking Arjun as much as I did, Bheem was equally if not more a Mahanayak, but I can see he is not presented as such. Subhadra's marriage is described as a love match, but it was also very politically convenient for the Pandavs and Yadus. UPs and Ghattu also fought bravely by all accounts and in fact half bratha SK baby killed Abhi baby's murderer, but their praises are not sung. And while ParAv praises are sung, Madhav's active presence in Pandavs' lives began with their marriage to Panchali; she is not given credit
Now there have been other books written with the Karna angle. The only one I actually liked was Ini njan urangatte (And now, let me sleep). That made sense to me. Here she is spitting mad at hubbies after they start wailing and crying when Kunti told them about Karna. Then Krishna tells her not judge Karna by the one instance in his life (VH). Then she starts thinking back on some of the stuff and feels empathy and if I remember correctly, also thinks what might have been. There is no romance there, only regrets. Which was believable.
POI was complete butchery of her character for me. Immature teenager who refused to grow up, that was POI Panchali.
Interpretations have to have some basis in logic, right? The man and woman in question first have to meet, then interact and that too somewhat positively, right? And while love does make for strange behavior, the core of the person does not disappear when he or she falls in love, right? And when someone actively plans for you to be humiliated in the worst way possible where some have even killed themselves, that would kill any infatuation, right?
Edited by AnuMP - 20 July 2014 at 10:02pm