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About the book
Many of us have heard about the legendary mahabharat that took place between the pandavas and the kauravas. This is the same story except for the fact that is shown through a woman's point of view who is none other than Draupadi also known as Panchali. The palace of illusions is a very powerful book written by Chitra Banerjee. The story plot revolves around Draupadi, the princess of Panchaal which was one of the richest kingdom in India. This story tells us,her formation from Draupadi to Panchali, her marriage to the five pandavas ,her friendship with lord krishna, her relationship with her brother, her change of attitude from a defying and angry princess to a powerful and dominant queen and most importantly her secret love story with karna also known as karan all from her point of view. So this can be called as a woman centric story.
In this story draupadi is shown as a defying princess who doesn’t like all the frills and petite activties that royal princess do , instead she loves doing things which her brother has the opportunity to do which results in her being referred to an outcast saying nothing of the way she was evolved into this world. Her curious and angry nature speeds up the process of her being recognized as the most powerful woman of the era only to come down and rise again from the ashes. The rise again of Panchali with her husbands leaves a mark on history because then it is responsible for the great war evolving known as mahabharat which causes the third race of human kind to diminish.
The palace of illusions is a must read for people who enjoy a good fiction. Though let me warn the romantic hearted people if u are looking for romance in the book u will be disappointed although the ending Is pretty fair! So in my opinion do give it a try !