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The Palace of Illusions
The Palace of Illusions: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, The Palace of Illusions gives new voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharat, as she weaves a vibrant interpretation of an ancient tale. Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishnaor her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemyas she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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AkashPhoenix
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Book #17 of Indian Authors October Fest

Mahabharata Redesigned. Really loved it. The author portrays this epic from a womans standpoint amazingly. She not only shows you the story from Paanchalis eyes but even gives you a feminine reasoning on acts of all female characters in the story. Loved the satire and humor in the book. I recommend this book to all Indian men :)

#indianauthors #indianliterature

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AkashPhoenix
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Every Woman Should Read this version of the epic!

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AkashPhoenix
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Time is the great eraser, both of sorrow and of joy.
- Draupadi

Kauravas had won her in a game of dice. Draupadi (strangely angry only with the men that won her, not the ones that staked her) had sworn that she will never tie up her hair until it is washed in Dushasana‘s blood.
Mahabharata from Draupadi's Point of View!

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Ruchica
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Amazing.

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MeganAnn
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The amazing @hermyknee created a great questionnaire for the #mythsandlegendsswap !! Repost with your answers so your match can get to know you!

🗡 I love them all, but I‘m definitely a sucker for the Sword in the Stone
👻 Ummm.. Bloody Mary? Basically anything that could be turned into a horror movie because I won‘t watch them!
🐍 Medusa for sure
⚡️ Hercules, Hercules!!
💰El Dorado
✨ The tagged book sounds fascinating!

Velvetfur Ooohh this is such a great idea, well done and thanks to @hermyknee! 👍 9mo
hermyknee I‘m right there with you for anything that can be turned into a horror movie - I just can‘t with the horror 😱 9mo
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sreyakhan22
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In India it's a popular saying that females are the cause behind every great war and it was interesting to read Mahabharat from Draupadi's point of view.
We are given to look up to Yudhisthir as he is called Dharamveer but he is flawed and so are other Pandavas.
I would read this book again would be sure to recommend.

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Shamzi
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More wise words by the one and only Krishna!!!🦚🦚🦚

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Shamzi
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Wise words, I just wish there were more by Krishna,that is the only thing lacking in this book!!!

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Shamzi
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It is the same saga that almost everyone in India have grown watching and listening to but I still like any rendition of Mahabharata, and this is from a women's point of view, which I have never read before. I think it's complexity is it's charm and not to forget Krishna. Even if you know about the story, you would still like it for the fact that it highlights female characters which are usually shadowed in this epic saga!!!

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This is a retelling of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, from the viewpoint of the female protagonist, Draupadi/ Paanchali. These kind of retellings are my favorite so absolutely loved this. Darupadi is the queen of Hastinapur who has five husbands. Lot of family politics, power dynamics, boons and gods, philosophy, and relationships make this a delightful read. Draupadi is a very human and realistic character as are the others.

Tanisha_A I have this one my TBR since forever. It sounds super interesting! Nice review! 😃 10mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @Tanisha_A ! 🥰 10mo
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Shamzi
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Beautiful morning in Delhi, just want to curl up in bed much like this little guy, instead I was stuck in traffic for over an hour, good thing I was able to read a few chapters!!!

mreads 🐕❤😴 10mo
Shamzi @mreads 😁😁 10mo
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Shamzi
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Starting this one tonight, over the past month saw a number of people, especially girls, reading this one, so I took there advice because they are always right!!!

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Chaitanya4
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Ah forgiveness... it's a virtue that eludes even the great.

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Chaitanya4
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A problem becomes a problem only if you believe it to be so.

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Naj
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A lesser known book set in India for #AdventRecommends Day 15

I love this book so much! It has everything: good writing, history, mythology, crazy twists, and a great female protagonist. This is a feminist re-telling of The Mahabharata and I wasn't able to put it down. Highly recommend reading this, no matter what your favorite genre is, it has something for everyone.

@emilyrose_x

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Radiant....a charming and remarkable book

Kaye Thank you for the Follow ♥️ 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a pretty cover! 12mo
Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy !🎉🎉 10mo
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niddhiupadhyay
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I was brought up on the story of Mahabharata. However, while I knew what was going to happen, the perspective of Draupadi was nothing like I'd ever read before. It takes a feminist take on a male dominated mythic story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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anujabobe
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Absolutely brilliant! I love this book so much, I have gifted more than 15 copies to people who I think should read this book. The book gives insight into the great epic of Mahabharata from Panchali's point of view and is one of the best POVs of the epic that I've ever read.

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MalavikaSunilK
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The palace of illusions brilliantly presents the epic tale of Mahabharata through the eyes of Panchali. It is a refreshing perspective as the female characters of Mahabharata hasn't had a chance to offer their side of the story before. An empowering take that doesn't hesitate to throw light on reality and ugly truths! It explores what it is like to be a woman and the kind of courage and sacrifice demanded when their men parttake in a deadly war.

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pradeepdc
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Writing and pacing is upto international standards unlike many Indian authors. Detailed views on mahabaratha cultures and the depiction is beautiful. Got to know the character of Draupadi more and a good read it was .

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Bling it on!
#green
A refreshing take on an Indian epic. I like how the author gives voice to one of the most misunderstood woman in Indian mythology. Definitely a tale worth reading, especially if you know the background a bit.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic!!! 💚💚 2y
vkois88 Beautiful! 2y
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Tanisha_A
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One of the beautiful green covers from my TBR!
#GreenBooks #MarchInBooks
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BookishMe It's an incredible story! Finally I could make sense who's who in the epic mythology. Should add it to my re-reads 2y
Soubhiville So pretty! 2y
Tanisha_A @BookishMe Oh yes, I am with you on who's who in Mahabharata. I am just terrible at it. 2y
Tanisha_A @Soubhiville 😃 Yep! It totally reminds me of the various doors and doorways I have seen in various forts. 2y
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mimis.bookshelf
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This is my most favourite retelling of Ramayana from Sita's perspective. Which retelling of Ramayana do you love the most?

peacegypsy This looks fascinating! 2y
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dperipatetic
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A retelling of the Mahabharata from Draupadi's, the feminist, perspective.

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There was an unexpected freedom in
finding out that one wasn't as important as one had always assumed!
Love comes like lightning, and disappears the same way. If you are lucky, it strikes you right. If not, you'll spend your life yearning for a man you can't have.
I am buoyant and expansive and uncontainable--but I always was so, only I never knew it!

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Parvathy92
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The Palace of Illusions portrays Mahabharatham from Paanchali's point of view. The book has portrayed a possible different side of her's in a way meant to be catpivating. The story is engaging, masterfully crafted and 100% entertaining.
Rating - 5/5

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Opening line: "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 ask for a story." #thepalaceofillusions #chitrabanerjeedivakaruni #picador #picadorbooks #bookcover #firstline #bookgnome #bookish #book

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"Expectations are like hidden rocks in your path - all they do is trip you up"

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"If I ever wrote a book, I would place the women in the forefront of the action. I would uncover the story that lay Invisible between the lines of men's exploits. Better still, I would have one of them tell it herself, with all her joys and doubts, her struggles and her triumphs, her heartbreaks, her achievements, the unique female way in which she sees her world and her place in it'

First pick for #holidaybooktubeathon

britt_brooke Nice photo. 📷👌🏻 3y
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MrBook Beautiful pic! Welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻. 3y
Sulagna @MrBook thanks a lot! I surely am till now! ὠ4 3y
MrBook 😊👍🏻 3y
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Captivating. Weaves in tale upon tale from the Mahabharata in enticing, beautiful language & from a female perspective. Wonderfully read by Sneha Mathan.

ramyasbookshelf I haven't read any of her books. But I've been only heard good things. Got to pick one up soon. 4y
BestOfFates @ramyasbookshelf It was incredibly good but leaned hard on being-told-your-terrible-fate-bc-of-your-faults-but-then-being-unable-to-change-those-faults which made it hard to read, as I find those stories so tragic and depressing. 4y
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❤️😥❤️

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"Maybe it will mitigate the catastrophes to come."

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Only just starting The Palace of Illusions but already in love.

Lindseyastin This book sounds gorgeous. 4y
BestOfFates @Lindseyastin It really is! And no line at the library!! 4y
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