â€˜Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara, Mandodari â€“ each of the Pancha Kanyas is fascinating ... Koral Dasguptaâ€™s wonderful retelling adds to this corpus, with a lyrical and poetic qualityâ€™Â BIBEK DEBROY
THE THIRD BOOK IN THE EXCEPTIONALÂ FIVE-PART SATI SERIES BY KORAL DASGUPTA
Draupadi is immortalized as the beloved princess of Panchal and the queen of Indraprastha in Indian myth and legend. Yet what do we really know of the fire-born queenâ€™s dreams? What were her true desires?
In Koral Dasguptaâ€™s thrilling new interpretation, Draupadiâ€™s interior story, often relegated to the margins, is vividly foregrounded â€“ from her unique friendship with Krishna, unconventional marriage to the Pandav brothers, to her quirky relationships with Kunti and Bhishma, and her deep passion for building a loving home. Bold, intimate and immersive, it thrusts the reader straight into the heart and mind of an unforgettable heroine from the Mahabharat, who remains both contemporary and timeless.
In the Sati series, Koral Dasgupta explores the lives of the Pancha Kanyas from the Hindu epics and reinvents them with a feminist consciousness.
Praise for the Sati series
â€˜Magical and thought-provokingâ€™Â CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
â€˜Enigmaticâ€™Â NAMITA GOKHALE
â€˜A must for those wishing to know about our past and the dialectics of gender within itâ€™Â PAVAN K. VARMA