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pricess Preview — Draupadi by Saraswati Nagpal. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Draupadiplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 23, Parth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Everybody should read it, especially for kids. This is the best way to teach and make them to read our great stories of mythology. Jan 13, Shravanthi rated it really liked it. I really liked the art. Beautiful beginning to the story.

In the middle it felt a little rushed. As someone who is familiar with Mahabharata I could follow the story and fill in certain gaps and side-stories. But for a first time reader this would seem intense and confusing. The actual courtroom scene was the best in the entire graphic novel! Sep 02, Padma Baliga rated it liked it.

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Good work, but not liberatory enough. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Draupadi looks appropriately beautiful in the fire-bofn, enveloped by an aura of luminescence one would expect in Yajnaseni or the fire-born one. If a reader is to go by the narrative of the book, Draupadi was one among many women in an era where femininity was constructed on the axis of passivity; little more than beauty and rarely scholarly intelligence, as in our princess here served as the feminine ideal.

Draupadi is thankfully spared drau;adi rather dreary life thanks to her quasi-divine being a Draupadi looks appropriately beautiful in the book, enveloped by an aura of luminescence one would expect in Yajnaseni or the fire-born one. Draupadi is thankfully spared this rather dreary life thanks to her quasi-divine being and birth and is given a unique, almost telepathically fraternal, bright yet devout relationship with the Dark One, Krsna.

Nevertheless, when in trouble like in the Kaurav court after Yudhisthir lost her indulging his obsession with the game of dice she prefers to speak a terrible curse would only tie her hair after washing it in Duhshasan, her oppressor’s blood and leave the execution to the uber-masculine Bhima.

Draupadi: The Fire – Born Princess

In the shadow cast by the auras of fiercely powerful and fiery goddesses like Durga princrss Kali, the passivity seems a little disappointing. Perhaps she was a little too scholarly to realise a vendetta herself when she had five redoubtable professionally-trained fore-born husbands to call on. Other than this, the thing that seems a bit weird is that neither Draupadi or the five Pandava brothers ever seem to age — whereas everyone else around them grows visibly older.


Perhaps this can be attributed to their half-divine birth, but still reads a bit odd.

Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess

The plot Ms Nagpal sketches seems a bit too linear at times, but perhaps this would be the best approach for readers who are new to the Mahabharat.

As someone who has grown up in the nineties in a moderately religious Hindu family in India and incidentally, seen the quite surreal clashing arrows and oversize jewellery Ramanand Sagar version on national TVthe epic, along with the Ramayanatends to be essentially imprinted into the psyche — so reading Draupadi wasn’t really a so-what-happens-next pageturner experience. I envy those for whom reading Draupadi will be a fresh initiation into the world of the Mahabharateven if a somewhat broad-stroked one.

Princess Draupadi rises from a sacred fire after her father’s prayers. She is to be married to her love, Arjuna, a Pandava prince. But Draupadi’s destiny surprises even her, as she finds she must marry Arjuna’s four brothers as well. Her husband’s cousins, the Kauravas do everything in their power to hurt her family and bring down the Pandavas.

Draupadi discoveries her purpose is to bring about the end of the Kauravas. I didn’t love it. I appreciated the telling of a myth that we don’t often get Princess Draupadi rises from a sacred fire after fire-boorn father’s prayers.

I appreciated the telling of a myth that we don’t often get to hear. Greek myths get told over and over again in a variety of forms, but this is adapted from the Indian epic Mahabharata, a story many people have never heard of. I really wanted to like it. Draupadi herself is an interesting character. She born full grown for the purpose vraupadi marriage, but her destiny is larger than that. She deals with going from marrying the man she loves to having to marry his four brothers as well.

She is hotheaded and outspoken. She demands revenge fire-bprn those who have wronged her.

Draupadi: The Fire Born Princess by Saraswati Nagpal

She grows as a person over the years and learns compassion. Unfortunately, the storytelling and set up of the graphic novel did not do the story justice. It just wasn’t a very good graphic novel. Rather than using the art to enhance the story, all the images did was reflect the text. The art was flat pencil drawings. Characters didn’t look the same from panel to panel, making characters, especially the men, hard to follow.

Most problematic were the large drauoadi of text on each panel. What is the point of a graphic novel when most of the text is still narrative? You have the medium that allows people to see what’s happening. It seemed like we had a prose story that was cut up into small chunks and glued onto pictures. It was essentially a long picture book, not a graphic novel. So it was disappointing all around – the art, the text, the poor use of the medium.


It made reading it a slog and completely took away from what could have been a really interesting story. I would have liked to have seen it in someone else’s hands.

Jan 20, Gurdeep Singh rated it it was ok. I’m not sure if I can fire-boorn review this book but, to me it was a quite disappointing. It will probably appeal only to those who are first-timers, being introduced to this complex narrative with it’s complex characters. I expected the tale to be from Draupadi’s point of view with more depth of perspective maybe even a feminist pprincess on the events from The Mahabharat.

Saraswati Nagpal’s Draupadi is almost a copy of the B. Even the art, though great to look at, is still run of the mill. Feb 20, Tirzah rated it liked it. This ghe a blind book. Picked up at library, covered in wrapping paper. The library was hosting a raffle for books to be surprised by.

This was one of my unknown picks. At first I rolled my eyes because of its comic book style, which I never cared for. However I gave it a whirl and s actually found it kind of fun to read. Something different than what I normally would have chosen. I was pleasantly surprised even though I won’t be picking up another like it willfully anytime soon. All in all, a good fire-bogn at creating an Indian mythology based graphic novel however I feel slightly disappointed by the storytelling.

I felt some important story arcs were wrapped up too quickly while there were others that dragged on needlessly. Granted this was an effort aimed at presenting us the epic from Draupadi’s point of view however it could all have been presented in a much better manner. Nov 25, Hester rated it it was ok Shelves: This helped explain some of what I missed in “Krishna: I understand much more now. Unfortunately, the art does not give the five brothers very distinct faces, so I had trouble telling them apart.

Sep 07, Divya rated it really liked it Shelves: If you are new to the story of Mahabharath and want to know about it briefly, then you should definitely pick this up as it is fast paced and the pages filled with illustrations make it an interesting read. However I would fire-bodn loved to read a more in-depth version too with more details which I felt were missing.

Jun 11, Ananya Mandal rated it it was amazing. Draupadi is one of drakpadi favorite characters. This book thus was a must buy. Saraswati Nagpal’s Sita impressed me a lot when I had read it. Loved her narration as well as the illustrations!

Graphic novels in India have come of Age! May 07, Mathew Carruthers rated it really liked it.