The princess who caught the eye of the playboy king
Mandodari was a frog princess! A fairy tale from another land would have a handsome prince kiss her and carry her away to his palace to be cherished for the rest of her life. But Indian mythology is sometimes harsher. Mandodari had been cursed in a previous birth and was condemned to live as a frog in a well, for twelve years. When the period ended, a sage and his wife adopted her. Happy days were spent at her father Mayasura’s ashram until the roving eye of Ravana, the king of Lanka fell upon her.
He had to have her and Mandodari was only too willing. Age was no bar, nor was his harem full of beauteous women.
The wrong Mr Right to choose
Ravana was a womaniser and Mandodari knew it. She loved him, knowing she would be sharing him with all his wives and concubines. By today’s standards, multiple relationships and divorces notwithstanding, this would be a ghastly choice. Ravana would be just the guy to avoid on dating portals – too cocksure and popular by far! People look for the perfect situation, the perfect mate. Yet we know that perfection does not exist. We ourselves are not perfect mates. To walk into a polygamous situation, knowing that one’s husband would eventually tire of one’s physical charms was a strange choice.