Pratibha Ray is a novelist and short-story writer from Orissa. Her novel Yajnaseni is a best-seller in Orissa and won her the Bharatiya Jnanpith’s prestigious ninth. The story of Draupadi, one of the most fascinating characters in the Mahabharata. Strange as it may appear, Draupadi, the most accomplished heroine of the. jagyaseni oriya novel. 40 likes. Book. jagyaseni oriya novel. Privacy ยท Terms. About. jagyaseni oriya novel. Book. 40 people like this topic. Want to like this.

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Yajnaseni: The Story of Draupadi

She is too meek and all accepting. She is submissive, and yet dictates terms. Something huge as this, when put up for public consumption, has to be looked at objectively and broad-mindedly even when you are an author.

I personally found some Pratibha Ray is an Indian academic and writer. It maybe because it is difficult to translate word for word from many of our native languages, but once you get past the literary flourishes, this is a book that can hold its own.

Share your thoughts with other customers. But look at the distorted character of Draupadi of Pratibha Ray. This novel has o-so-subtly edited out the sexy Draupadi. Return to Book Page.

Yajnaseni: The Story of Draupadi by Pratibha Ray

Good that you shared it here. Just as Draupadi continues to hold her nvoel, even today. The translator slowed down the phase of the story. Her opinion on things, of people, of her own role on Earth and her duty This is the First Book am reading on Mahabharata including Mahabharata Pratiba Ray has done a nice job in trying to portrait the Psychological picture of Draupadi. Like literary style good. And any directive by them is followed blindly. Nature Sao Tome and Principe. Hearing my words, Yudhishthir said, “Yajnaseni!


There are many inducement jokes made by Krishna as written by Pratibha Ray which violate the norms of morality as prescribed by Rishis of our immortal culture. Narrated by Krishnaa, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, the novel gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale.

Book Review Yajnaseni

Since this entire story is written by a woman and told from a woman’s point of view, the helplessness and the rawness of this one scene is unmatched throughout the entire tale.

Humans have emotions, anger is a prominent one. The incarnation of the divine, Krishna himself watches his entire clan jagyaesni off each other and later succumbs to the arrow of a hunter. Her dilemma at having to marry five husbands or her feelings for Karna or the constant flirting with Krishna tells the story of a female who was at odds with herself.

And I personally like it in the mythology genre How fickle is life! To add to woes, the English translation is stiff, prudish and thoroughly stilted. It is an age old urban legend among many writers that the characters of epics need to speak language dipped in melodrama and dyed in flowery prose. Currently reading the english translated copy of Yajnaseni Pratibha Ray. She has no doubt what the five brothers are doing to jahyaseni her body.


The legendary mythological story as many of us know has a very important character who is considered one of the main source for the deadly battle of Kurukshetra Post a new message. Also the author passes the responsibility of denying Karn a chance to marry the protagonist based on his caste.

Many things you ahve repeated. This is the only difference between Arjun and myself. Such narrations dilute the original characters of the epic.

The author tries to simplify the mythology and present complex feelings that Krishnaa has towards Krishna in very simple everyday language. When I saw a book on Draupadi, I was expecting to read a feminist view of Draupadi.

In course of swimming she is taken away by the current of the river and rescued by Karna. The woman who, by a twist of fate, became a wife to 5 husbands? Girl meets boy sort of.

The book depicts Dharmaraja Yudhisthira as a conspirator; sage Parasara as a rapist; Bhima as cruelty personified, selfish, self-centered glutton; Arjuna as jealous and heartless; Kunti as characterless and liar. Neither is it moral or philosophical. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Arjun’s description has been as a valiant warrior, but weak at heart, hapless before the words of his elders.