Many of us might have heard the epic tale of 'Mahabharat' or 'Ramayan' during our childhoods from our grandparents. I never understood the stories of 'The Mahabharat' during my childhood, I mean there were so many characters, how that small mind of mine was supposed to remember all of that, nevertheless as I grew up I became more fascinated with it. I believe, growing in a traditional family and with the advent of dramas on TV in various forms had some kind of role to play in my increasing fascination. When I was trying to learn about this epic tale, I realized whatever content was there, was mostly from the perspective of male characters but 'The Palace of Illusions' written by Chitra Lekha Banerjee Divakaruni offers a woman's perspective on the Mahabharat.
One of the best sellers of the Chitra Lekha Banerjee Divakaruni, the female character-
Draupadi (Panchali)-is the protagonist of 'The Palace of Illusions'. This novel narrates the story right from the birth of Panchali to her death. The writer has embedded details with so much depth that one can certainly imagine those scenes in their minds with much ease. Having said that, it also allows one to know the emotions behind the actions of a woman born in a patriarchal society, her sufferings, her innermost desires, her thoughts, opinions.
The novel slowly builds the character of a woman born in a male-dominated society. It's an interesting read for fictional lovers. Those who are interested in traditional stories or mythology should read this. Readers who are already familiar with the story and want to gain a different view should definitely go for this. Do let me know what you think.
Happy Reading! :))