The Palace of Illusions is a refreshingly different take on the epic tale, Mahabharatha.
Every book on Mahabharata is centered around the lives of Pandavas and Kauravas. But The Palace of Illusions is Draupadi’s story. The book is a first-person narrative of Draupadi from her birth until her death. It is only when you read this book, that you realize that she is the unsung hero of this story.
Right at birth, Draupadi is doomed to a destiny that would make her responsible for the Great War. But she embarks on a fierce adventure, unfazed by what lies ahead. In an unprecedented move, she becomes the wife of the five Pandavas. She could have chosen a royal and luxurious life. Instead, she gives up everything to accompany her husbands through their arduous journey. She was a fearless warrior in her own right.
The book has an easy, story-like presentation which makes for a compelling read – even though you’ve read the story many times over. It also has valuable teachings that are surprisingly relevant for the millennials, even centuries after it first came into being.
A fresh interpretation of one of the most magical tales ever told.