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Book Description

The book is a rendition of the Hindu Epic Mahabharata from Draupadi's (Panchaali's) point of view. Writer elaborates the Mahabharata with modern twist as it narrates the story from the perspective of Draupadi. The story takes us to a world that includes half-history, half-myth and full magic. The novel is a completely human novel about a woman born in this patriarchal society, the world full of agony and the ever manipulating hands of destiny.
The story reflects the facts about Draupadi’s life, like born from agni or fire of yagna, friendless childhood, where her adorable brother is her only true friend; her complex friendship with the mysterious Krishna; to marriage, maternity and her secret attraction to the undisclosed man who is her husbands' most dangerous opponent.

Book Review

The Mahabharat is a tale that few Indians can escape. Even if you have not formally read the story, there is no way you have avoided watching it on television, or hearing tales from it from grandparents. When I sat down to read this story, the epic as rendered by Draupadi, I was not sure what to expect. I must say that it was very well written.

The woman's point of view, of what was acceptable and what was not. How wanting just Arjun blinded her to the love of Bheem. How Kunti was not the sainted mother, but actually a cunning mother in law. What really was it like to be born of fire, and have ever one fear her. The crush on Karna, the longing and the shame.

It was such a fantastic retelling, I still get goosebumps thinking about what Panchali has to endure. An absolute MUST read.

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