Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015

 Dr. Roshan Benjamin Khan

Professor in English (Dept of English)

S.A.B.V.Govt. Arts and Commerce College

Indore (M.P) India


Palace of illusion is a novel narrated by protagonist Draupadi, queen of five Pandava’s and daughter of Drupada. This novel is journey through the heart of Draupadi where the conflict between her faithfulness towards each of husband and the love of her life Karan wages a war. She is unable to consummate her marriage with the Pandavas spiritually .She is unable to forget her love for Karna inspite of the humiliations and the insults which Karna heaps on her at the court of Hastinapur after Yudhistira loses her in the game of dice . Karna suggests that she be stripped of her clothes and ornaments as he takes this opportunity to get even with her .Draupadi had insulted Karna when he had tried to win her hand at the swayamvara .But true love overcomes hatred and the insults piled on oneself by one’s beloved are soon forgotten. Unable to accept her love for Karna in public Draupadi joins him in an eternal journey of souls.

Key Words: Yajna, Feminine emotions, swayamvara, secretly reciprocates insulted, divine illumination.

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Palace of Illusions: A Tale of True Love