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A different perspective!
12 July 2018
Mahabharat as a story is well known but still there are books written even today with newer perspectives and interpretations. What makes this particular book stand out is the voice and the person who narrates it, Draupadi. While the story has been told from multiple angles before, this book attempts to explore the story from Draupadi’s perspective, who is believed to be one of the strongest woman in Indian mythology.
The book starts from Draupadi’s childhood from the times she was a kid in her father’s palace to marrying the five Pandavas, living in Hastinapur and then building her own palace — the Mayasabha/Indraprastha/Palace of Illusions to getting humiliated in Hastinapur to living in the jungles for twelve years to the final war in Kurukshetra. The book chronicles her dreams, her rebellion, her choices and how she turns into a major reason for the war.
While readers of Indian mythology would have always wondered what were the reasons that made Draupadi take those decisions, which are believed to have changed the course of Mahabharat, the author makes a bold attempt to give a voice for that imagination. While mythological fiction is a risky proposition with fiction and well knows stories contradicting each other, this book also takes a similar route to take reader along with Panchaali’s journey.
Draupadi’s reaction and feelings towards Karna through out the book are something to watch out as there is very less footage for this relation in other books around this topic. Also, would have liked to see more of Draupadi’s relationship with Nakul and Sahadev, as the book centers around the other three Pandavas only.
The book stays true to the intensity and depth required and is completely engaging from start to end. If you are intrigued by Draupadi as a person or by Mahabharat as a whole, this retelling should not be missed.