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Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)


Author: Saiswaroopa Iyer
Publisher: Rupa Publications

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

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: 

Saiswaroopa Iyer holds an MBA from IIT Kharagpur and has worked as an investment professional before turning to her passion of storytelling. Her love for epics, Puranas and philosophy made her become a full-time author. She has earlier authored three novels, all based on strong female characters from the ancient past of India. She also holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She lives in Bangalore.

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