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Best Draupadi Books You Should Read

Our list of some of the best Draupadi books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Palace of Illusions: A Novel (2009)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should ReadTaking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni gives voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharata, as she weaves a vibrant retelling of an ancient epic saga.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.
Author(s): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Mahabharata (Penguin Classics) (2009)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should Read  Originally composed in Sanskrit sometime between 400 BC and 400 AD, The Mahabharata-with one hundred thousand stanzas of verse-is one of the longest poems in existence. At the heart of the saga is a conflict between two branches of a royal family whose feud culminates in a titanic eighteen-day battle.
Author(s): Anonymous, John D. Smith

Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling (2016)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should Read“Astonishing. . . . [Satyamurti’s Mahabharata] brings [the] past alive . . . as though it were a novel in finely crafted verse.”―Vinay DharwadkerOriginally composed approximately two thousand years ago, the Mahabharata tells the story of a royal dynasty, descended from gods, whose feud over their kingdom results in a devastating war. But it contains much more than conflict.
Author(s): Carole Satyamurti, Vinay Dharwadker, et al.

The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma (2010)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should ReadWhy should we be good? How should we be good? And how might we more deeply understand the moral and ethical failings–splashed across today’s headlines–that have not only destroyed individual lives but caused widespread calamity as well, bringing communities, nations, and indeed the global economy to the brink of collapse? In The Difficulty of Being Good, Gurcharan Das seeks answers to these questions in an unlikely source: the 2,000 year-old Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata.
Author(s): Gurcharan Das

Draupadi: Fire-Born Princess: Campfire Mythology Line (Campfire Graphic Novels) (2013)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should ReadA mysterious prophecy resounds, and the bewitchingly beautiful princess Draupadi arises from the sacred fire in Panchala. Draupadi the princess is in love with Arjuna, the Pandava prince. But fate weaves strange events, and Draupadi finds herself wedded to five men–Arjuna and his four Pandava brothers. Draupadi’s life is complicated further by the Kauravas–her husbands’ wicked cousins–who try everything in their power to harm her and the Pandavas.
Author(s): Saraswati Nagpal, Manu

Draupadi (2010)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should Readભારતમાં મહાભારત વિરલ છે અને મહાભારતનાં સ્ર્ત્રી -પાત્રોમાં દ્રૌપદી વિરલ છે.
Author(s): Pratibha Rai, Jaya Mehta

Draupadi: The Tale of an Empress (2019)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should ReadBeing 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.
Author(s): Saiswaroopa Iyer

Draupadi (Gujarati Edition) (2016)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should ReadTસ્ર્ત્રીઓને પુરાણોમાં પાનાંઓમાંથી જગાડીને સદીઓથી એમની આંખો પર છવાઈ ગયેલાં ઊંઘના&#xA82…
Author(s): Kajal Oza-Vaidya

Yajnaseni: The Story of Draupadi (2014)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should ReadThe undoubted heroine of the Mahabharata, one of the honoured ‘pancha sati’, one of the five most virtuous women in Hindu mythology, Draupadi is still seen by many as the woman responsible for the greatest war of all time. In this historical novel, Pratibha Ray makes an admirable attempt to present a balanced portrait of Draupadi and in doing so, skilfully brings to the forefront the deeper aspects of the character and mind of the remarkable Pandava Queen.
Author(s): Pratibha Ray

Yudhishtar and Draupadi: A Tale of Love, Passion and the Riddles of Existence (2012)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should ReadA marvelous poetic interpretation of a key episode from the Mahabharata In the forest, in the stillness of the morning, Yudhishtar, custodian of morality, oblivious to scale or balance, unthinking, made love to this woman, his wife, Draupadi.
Author(s): Pavan K. Varma

Draupadi (542) [Paperback] [Feb 17, 2007] KAMALA CHANDRAKANT (2007)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should ReadThis dark beauty was no ordinary woman. Born from the pure flames of a sacred fire, Draupadi was devoted wife to the five famously talented and virtuous Pandava brothers. The evil Kauravas wanted her for themselves and eyed the Pandava kingdom as well. Raging at their impertinence and ranting at her husbands’ helplessness, Draupadi inspired a deadly war which wiped out the Kaurava scourge for ever.
Author(s): KAMALA CHANDRAKANT

I am ‘DRAUPADI’ – Me through My own eyes (2018)

 Best Draupadi Books You Should ReadWe are human and respectable creations of God, be it women or any other gender, we have the fundamental right to dignity – says the author in his plea to be heard and recognised as he speaks as ‘Draupadi’.
Author(s): Saurabh Khanna

Best Draupadi Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some draupadi books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Author(s): Pejjai Nagaraju
ID: 2794719, Publisher: Sambodhi, Year: 2020, Size: 862 Kb, Format: pdf

Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics: Draupadi among Rajputs, Muslims, and Dalits

Author(s): Hiltebeitel, Alf
ID: 2594400, Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2009, Size: 37 Mb, Format: pdf

Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics: Draupadi among Rajputs, Muslims, and Dalits (Religion and Postmodernism Series)

Author(s): Alf Hiltebeitel
ID: 457338, Publisher: , Year: 1999, Size: 36 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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