Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes us back to the time “The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is as sprawling and . Through the long, lonely years of my childhood, when my father’s palace seemed to tighten its grip around me until I couldn’t breathe, I would go to my nurse and. : The Palace of Illusions: A Novel (): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Books.

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He said to your brother, I name you Dhristadyumna. When Sikhandi tells Panchaali the story of his past, Panchaali asks Krishna to confirm it. I never forgot the feel of his hand clutching mine, his refusal to abandon me. Divakaruni also writes for children and young adults. Like Mahatma Gandhi, a man I greatly admire, I believe in non violence palaxe the best method of resistance. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 ant Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet.


Chitra currently teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the Univ. His brow was noble. Through Draupadi’s voice we learn about the struggle between two powerful families – the Pandavas and Kauravas. The narrative made Draupadi sound like an egocentric person that never grew up mentally. One person found this helpful. I really loved the story of Mahabharatha via Draupadi or Panchali as the medium. Looking for More Great Reads?

Divakaruni’s sentences dazzle; the images she creates are masterful. Many of your novels, including this one, deal in a matter-of-fact way with the spiritual, mystical, and magical in everyday life. From the Hardcover edition. I think Divakurani’s short stories are genius-but she ought to lay off the novels. Usually, it is narrated in third person but a detailed explanation is given on what runs through Yudhishtir, Bheem, Arjun, Nakul, Sahadev, Bheeshm, Karna, Duryodhan and even Sakuni’s minds throughout their story.


He was her one true love, until the end. This book made me realize that Draupadi’s character is equally complex, her story equally rich in a contorted way.

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The author did a wonderful job of sticking to the script of the original epic. I often forgot that he was much older than me. Something more baneruee to a girl who was supposed to change history?

But things had changed since the day when Drona appeared at court. Dhai Ma had a good eye for detail.

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View all 10 comments. I answered to Draupadi for the moment because I had no choice.

Jul 18, Vani rated it really liked it. Why should anyone be remembered by the incident that shamed them? But what would it do to him? I read this book on my Kindle.

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All the characters have been shown in shades of grey true to the original Mahabharatha. How does the author use these tales of divine encounters to support and advance the sivakaruni Overnight, I who had been shunned for my strangeness became a celebrated beauty! Emotionally, we see the bitterness that shapes up Panchaali from illudions start. But Daughter of Drupad? This was a beautiful story. The orange lick of flames fell away; the air was suddenly cold. She is also closely involved with Pratham, an organization that helps educate children especially those living baanerjee urban slums in India.


This page was last edited on 27 Julyat Some of the metaphors are novel. Both these are ilusions that help South Asian or South Asian American women who find themselves in abusive or domestic violence situations. A bloody civil war between brothers is central to the plot in The Palace of Illusions. Divskaruni women are desperate, wonderful, complicated, lyrical, memorable, even magical….

Sungguh lah pemimpin yg sangat ideal Yudhistira ini. Although the story is an ancient one, it will resonate with a great many American women today whose own husbands and children are at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Resolute, manipulating, ill tempered – dusky Draupadi sounds and seems very real and more importantly succeeds in retaining the reader’s sympathy despite her machinations!

When Bheem kills him, the Pandavas and Kauravas do battle, and soon preparations for war are underway. I thought they were a nice addition, and it helped make the book a little more universal, because who doesn’t like a love story? Questions for Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Q: When the color fades and the petals droop, her sorrows return. A reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic, the Mahabharat—told from the point of view of an amazing woman.

The only bad part of the book was the family chart, which was hard to read. While I was growing up, Mahabharata was always about the virtues of the brave men who went to war.