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Indian epics get a feminist makeover

Modern retellings of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana show a different side

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's book "The Palace of Illusions" examines famous Indian epic the Mahabharata through a feminist lens. (Nikkei montage/Source photos from the author and Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- In Indian American writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's book "The Palace of Illusions," the central female character of Draupadi says, "I would no longer waste time on regret. I would turn my face to the future and carve it into the shape I wanted." It is not surprising that Divakaruni would give Draupadi such a strong voice; she is one of the small but growing group of writers who are sharing their own version of popular Indian epics through the feminist lens.

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