As I started reading The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Bannerjee, I knew it was going to be one of the best books I have ever read.
I don’t know why but unlike most of us, I wasn’t taught the stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana while growing up.
And then as life happens, I was caught in school, college, exams and the likes of it until recently when I found myself loving books based on Indian Mythology!
Some of them were:
1. Emperor Chandragupta by Aditya Kay
2. Menaka’s Choice by Kavita Kane
3. Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi
And now this masterpiece of a work.
It’s basically the great saga of Mahabharat told from Draupadi’s, perspective. (The one very important character in the the greatest mythological story ever told in India)
I loved the fact that without changing the storyline, the author has put an excellent form of Mahabharata with strong feminine voice of Draupadi who refused to live by the terms and conditions of a woman set by the society!
Endured all that came in her way and still led her life strong & ferocious.
The reason why Draupadi was married to 5 men, the pandavas, is an interesting story where Kunti was just in her kitchen when Arjun after piercing the fish eye at swayamvar, brought draupadi in;
To give her a surprise Bheem asked her to come and see, she being too busy said whatever it is divide it amongst the five of you, as always from the little hut that they were forced to live in after duryodhan’s failed attempts at killing his rival cousins.
Bound to her words and pandavas by her mother’s, they had to follow her mother and consequently, she was married off to them much to everyone’s disappointment.
Many such beautiful stories at every turn in the book makes it an amazingly unputdownable book.
It’s a 360 pages long book but you are going to love it as much if you too are a fan of Indian mythology or even if you want to become one. 😎
I have very satisfyingly rated it a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.
I sure am gonna explore more books by the same author, meanwhile going to also start reading books by Devdutt Pattanaik, his books Devlok, My Gita etc are considered to be very good.
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