Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Analysis

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a famous Indian American author whose works mainly focus on the experiences of the South-Asian immigrants, and their related problems of adoption and adaption. She writes for adults as well as children and her fiction covers a wide spectrum of different genres like fantasy, realistic fiction, magical realism, and historical fiction. Divakaruni’s first notable attempt in the field of literature was a collection of stories Arranged Marriage (1995), which won an American Book award and many other prestigious awards. This collection of stories established Divakaruni’s literary reputation. Her major novels include The Mistress of Spices (1997), Sister of My Heart (1999), Queen of Dreams (2004), The Palace of Illusions (2008), and Oleander Girl (2013). Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions is a retelling of the great Indian epic Mahabharata from…show more content…
However, it is commonly attributed to Ved Vyas, who also appears as a character and narrator in the epic. Instead of a number of versions of Mahabharata, one common trait among all these versions is the dominance of patriarchy. It seems that Mahabharata has an androcentric set-up where the centre of attraction are only the male heroes. Though the epic consists of many powerful and charismatic women characters but it seems as if they play only a side role or roles that are subservient to the strong and virile men. The women characters are given attention only when their actions or deeds affect the lives of their male counterparts. The women characters in Mahabharata are given a ‘relational’ identity – an identity which is not independent, but dependent on someone else’s life. Their identities are not a ‘complete whole’ but are inter-relational. Other than that they live a shadowy life, living at the backstage. Divakaruni herself believes that the women characters in the epic

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