“You are so lucky. So many people at your beck and call, to do anything you wish for.” Gleamed Nitara.
Nitara was the closest companion to the Princess of the Singhal Kingdom, Padmavati or Rani Padmini as she was dearly called.
Padmini who will be 16 years in a few months, was unmoved by the admiration in Nitara’s voice. Where others only dreamt to spend just a day in her shoes, Padmini’s heart longed to break the great walls of this fort.
The Princess of Singhal empire was free to go anywhere in the fort, but she fled trapped, like the bird in the cage made of gold.
Padmini wanted to fly, to do everything her heart says, dress simply, laugh loudly, chat endlessly.
Oh! How she wanted to take that boat and sail away, to explore the world, where she won’t be a princess anymore.
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I have grown up reading about Royal Kingdoms and one thought has always tickled me. How many of these Princes and Princesses actually wanted to be one? The thought that, could it be they might not have wanted to live the life of a Royal? What if they might not have wanted to spend their lives abiding the strict decorums of their Kingdom?
I read an article on the dos and don’ts referring to Queen Elizabeth II and her lineage and at some places, I felt pity for them. As per the article, a Royal cannot dress casually, cannot eat whatever they want, cannot even paint her nails of any color. In fact, a very strange point was – One cannot even continue eating if the Queen has finished her meal. Seriously? Well, for a slow eater like me, I would definitely be hungry always.
If I had to live with so many restrictions I would have gone crazy. And I will not be wrong to connect this with the common man too. Don’t we sometimes see parents pushing their children to do something just because it’s a family tradition? I hope we let our children live free.
This is my tribute to all the Royals since Kingdoms have existed who wanted to be set free, to live as they wanted to. And, of course, to children today who are pulled down owing to society and family pressure or to satisfy the ego of their parents.