The 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.
Pratibha Ray is a novelist and short-story writer from Orissa. Her novel Yajnaseni is a best-seller in Orissa and won her the Bharatiya Jnanpith's prestigious ninth Moortidevi Award in 1993.
Pradip Bhattacharya is the author of fourteen books of English literature, rural development, homeopathy, children's stories, ancient Indian history and myth. He was also the first to translate Rabindranath Tagore's Shantiniketan and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay's Krishnacharita into English.
He is the only Indian to be awarded the International Human Resource Development Fellowship (1989) by Manchester University and the Institute of Training and Development, U.K. He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service and a secretary to the government of West Bengal.
|Publication Year||1 September 1995|