Redefining World: Voice of Conscience portrayed in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s “The Palace of Illusions”
Chitra Baneerjee Divakaruni (born Chitralekha Banerjee, July 29, 1956) in Kolkata, India is an Indian-American author, poet, fiction writer and the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative writing Program. Divakarunui’s works are largely set in India and the United States, and often focus on the experiences of South Asian immigrants. She writes for children as well as adults and has published novels in multiple genres, including realistic fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, myth and fantasy. “The Palace of Illusions” is a feministic perspective; Inner voice of Draupadi redefines the world. The great epic ‘Mahabharata’ woven with myth, history, religion, science, philosophy, superstition, statecraft, human world, magical realms gives en-number of life lessons, but failed to portray the life of women who were equally powerful as men. Draupadi has insights, imaginations, desires, questions, doubts, worries, love, affection, care, bravery etc., but could not express it to the world. Here in this paper the Inner voice of Draupadi echoes strongly and uncovers the state of women, Draupadi’s struggle for identity is exhibited. Her thought also reflect and challenges the contemporary patriarchal society experiencing by women.