Draupadi – The Tale of an Empress

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About the book : 

Perhaps, the most complex and the most intriguing person of Mahabharatha is Empress Draupadi.  Her life was tough, but inspiring was the way she chose to deal with her circumstances. She has inspired Hindus across the ages.

Being born a princess and raised by a loving father and three doting brothers would make life seem like a bed of roses to any woman. Born out of the sacred fire, Draupadi is no ordinary woman, and her destiny cannot be to walk the beaten path. Witnessing estrangement and betrayal within her own family makes her perceptive and intuitive beyond her years. Complicated marital relationships, a meteoric rise and a fateful loss, humiliation unheard of and a pledge of revenge, all culminating in a bloody war—her ordeal seemed never-ending. Yet she stands up to it all—never succumbing, never breaking. One of the most unforgettable characters of the Mahabharata, Draupadi shows what a woman is capable of. Told with great sensitivity and passion, this book brings alive a character of epic proportions that resonates with every reader across space and time.

About the Author : 

Sai Swaroopa Iyer holds a degree in Engineering and is a Post Graduate in Management.  Formerly an analyst in a Venture capital firm she enjoys writing, has authored many books. Her areas of interests include Indian epics, philosophy, Startups, economics, history and literature.

ISBN : 978-9353333157 ; Pages 304 pages ; Publisher : Rupa Publications India

1 review for Draupadi – The Tale of an Empress

  1. 5 out of 5


    “Guru Patni must be having the same grief as mine; I donot want her to suffer the way I have suffered. Release Him.” With these words, the queen ( Sai garu, I should say Samragni right) releases the man who murdered her sons. Yes, it the mother Draupadi who thought of the grief of another mother when her kids were killed in cold blood. Perhaps, the most complex and the most intriguing person of Mahabharatha is Empress Draupadi. The lady who was brought up with a dream of being the darling wife of the best Archer of the world had to be the wife of 5 brothers. The lady who did the Abhibrudha snana and got her hair tied while Veda mantras were being recited after the RajaSuya Yagna, was dragged by the same hair into a royal court and an attempt was made to disrobe her. That lady who had thousands of servants at her disposal had been a hairdresser during the agnata vasa. That lady who could have made a maid a queen had to pray to Krishna to feed an unannounced guest.

    Tough was the life of that samragni, however, what’s more, inspiring was the way she chose to deal with her circumstances. She has inspired Indians across the ages, and many writers have written and rewritten her story. One such fantastic writer is Sai Swaroopa Iyer who tried to rewrite the story of Draupadi through her own lens.
    What did I like in the book?

    I liked the way swayamwara was narrated, this is the closest I read to the original of Veda Vyasa.
    Smt. Sai Swaroopa Iyer is a master at delivering layered meanings. In Draupadi, she continued what she did in Abhaya , Avishi and Mauri, she made Draupadi speak things that are true even today. Draupadi’s conversations during the keechaka episode are worth their weight in gold. Also, Uttara’s words that speak about preserving history are fantastic. It’s as if she is speaking those words for us.
    The author tried to portray Iccha Sakthi , Gnana Sakthi and Kriya Sakthi in the form Draupadi, Sri Krishna and Pandavas. I think she did that with style and flying colors.
    Sai garu’s portrayal of Shri Krishna , she has her Ishta daiva in 3 out of her 4 novels and every time she writes about Him she shows her madhura bhakti towards him. He is on a different pedestal all together. Looks like He too is enjoying this , he is blessing the author and her ghantam (pen) with more and more power. Hope this Jugalbandi continues and we see more of Sai garu and Shri Krishna.
    The description of vanavasa was excellent.
    For reasons unknown to me, I like Yudhistira a lot, and many writers don’t give him his due. The author tried to portray a new Yudhishthira to all of us.
    “Kunjara yudhammu doma kuttuka jochchen” I felt as if I had eaten a full meal when I read this. Every Telugu sahitya priya would have felt very happy to see this in abook.
    Draupadi’s love and affection for other women, Subhadra, Uttara, Dussala came out very well.

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