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The Palace of Illusions – Book Review

Title: The Palace of Illusions

Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Rating: 4/5


One of the greatest epic of all time- Mahabharata told from Draupadi’s perspective. How her birth had a prophecy that she will change the course of history, she will marry five husbands, become queen of queens, own the palace of illusions, lead a glorious life, but will lose her fortune because of her ego, pride, impatience, arrogance and anger that will lead to the greatest war in the history; which will lead to the death of her own children, brother and other loved ones, kill millions of people and render women homeless, helpless and as widows. A war in which the brothers, cousins, father, son, uncle and grandfather will fight against one another for the quest of power and supreme existence.

How she feels when her father uses her as a pawn at swayamwar to get her married to Arjun, only to gain his ally to fulfill his vengeance against Drona.

How she longed to find love and compassion after wedding, that was foiled by manipulative Kunti who made her to be shared by all her five sons; thus making Arjun not completely love her. She easily sees through Arjun’s frustration blaming her, when she is married off to his other brothers. The anguish, frustration she feels when vyasa blesses her to bed with one brother each year and go to the next one as a virgin, every new year.

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