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When Duryodhan accidentally falls in water while walking in the Palace of Illusions, as per this book it is Draupadi's maid making fun of Duryodhan and not Draupadi herself. Is this not factually incorrect?

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avahardyam Yes. It is factually incorrect because noone makes fun saying "blind man's blind son", of दुर्योधन. Fact is when he fell भीमसेन and his younger brothers start laughing. No mention of द्रौपदी even being present in the scene. दुर्योधन in his anger later tells to धृतराष्ट्र that द्रौपदी was also laughing. One may see it as a lie but i think he was so much clouded by his anger that he believed this. Anyway no mention of "blind etc" has been made.
Aditya Tiwari Actually both did maybe the author has missed the point in the early chapters when Vyasa told Draupadi that how can she change her destiny by avoiding three mistakes at three instances in her life, and one was "control your laughter when your husbands will reach to their maximum power" and at last everything happened as per prophecy so she definitely laughed but, it was her maid who said, "blind man's son is also blind".
Ritika Goswami Factually it is very confusing to be sure. There are many instances in Mahabharat that has been depicted in various ways in various places. but considering the fact in this book...well... I guess Draupadi was the hostess and even though she didn't laugh directly but she did smile when her servant laughed and thus supporting her. This can be considered as Draupadi making fun herself as she was the hostess. Now i guess the exact way of Draupadi making fun is quite unknown as are the all other incidences of Mahabharat
Sharon Factually incorrect? Remember that the original Mahabharata is also fiction, so nothing is actually "factual". In fact, everyone who rewrites the Mahabharata is free to interpret it the way they envision the story. Originally it was passed on in the oral tradition, and there would have been many changes along the way. It's not carved in stone. It's not history.
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