Thanks to ma petite soeur for telling me about this book! For someone always fascinated by the Indian epic Mahabharata, this book was just perfect! Written by author Chitra Divakaruni it is the tale of the Mahabharata Mahabharata
told from Draupadi’s (Princess Panchaali as the Sage Vyasa names her) point of view. Absolutely amazing! The Mahabharata is almost completely male focused, so this is a whole different view. The stories and characters are the same, just the point of view is totally different. And very believable.
My information and stories of the Mahabharata (and other Indian mythological stories) come from the comic books series called Amar Chitra Katha Amar Chitra Katha I know! Knowledge from a comic book series! Not having grandparents who’d tell us about these stories, these comics were perfect. Non threatening, easy to understand and in English! Perfect! Even so, the series on the Mahabharata was not my favourite read, so this book is a complete surprise. I had a hard time putting the book down once I started. The images the writing evokes are so real, it’s like being with Princess Panchaali every step of the way. If you have read the Mahabharata, you know how story goes and ends, but while reading this book it almost feels there could be an alternate end. A different turn of the same events.
A must read if you ever felt there might have (and I think should have) been a bit more to the epic tale most Indians grew up hearing about.