The Palace of Illusions


The palace of illusions written by Chitra Banerjee Kulkarni is a rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata as told from Draupadi’s viewpoint

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  • Publisher: Picador India
  • Author: Chitra Banerjee Kulkarni
  • ISBN: 9789386215963
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Language: English

Be taken back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical …
First published in 2008, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions has received wide acclaim for giving a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata. Narrated by Panchaali, wife of the five Pandava brothers, the novel traces her life from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy. This tenth anniversary edition, complete with a new author’s note, celebrates once again a remarkable and deeply human story about a woman born into a man’s world.

About the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s books include the bestselling novels The Mistress of Spices (longlisted for the Orange Prize), Queen of Dreams and Sister of My Heart, the prizewinning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives, and the ‘Conch Bearer’ series for children. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.


‘An epic story … poignantly told’ Hindustan Times
‘Radiant … A charming and remarkable book’ Houston Chronicle ‘As bright a gem as the Hope Diamond’Los Angeles Times
‘A daring novel’ Vogue India

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