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Sat 03 Dec 2022

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Indica Books Live with Koral Dasgupta, author of ‘Draupadi: Sati Series III’

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Koral Dasgupta

Book Discussion – “Draupadi: Sati Series III

About the Book:

‘Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara, Mandodari – each of the Pancha Kanyas is fascinating … Koral Dasgupta’s wonderful retelling adds to this corpus, with a lyrical and poetic quality’ BIBEK DEBROY


Draupadi is immortalized as the beloved princess of Panchal and the queen of Indraprastha in Indian myth and legend. Yet what do we really know of the fire-born queen’s dreams? What were her true desires?

In Koral Dasgupta’s thrilling new interpretation, Draupadi’s interior story, often relegated to the margins, is vividly foregrounded – from her unique friendship with Krishna, unconventional marriage to the Pandav brothers, to her quirky relationships with Kunti and Bhishma, and her deep passion for building a loving home. Bold, intimate and immersive, it thrusts the reader straight into the heart and mind of an unforgettable heroine from the Mahabharat, who remains both contemporary and timeless.

In the Sati series, Koral Dasgupta explores the lives of the Pancha Kanyas from the Hindu epics and reinvents them with a feminist consciousness.

Praise for the Sati series

‘Magical and thought-provoking’ CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI


‘A must for those wishing to know about our past and the dialectics of gender within it’ PAVAN K. VARMA

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Koral Dasgupta


Koral Dasgupta is an author, painter, entrepreneur and professor. A compulsive storyteller, she has authored six books, including five works of fiction and one non-fiction. The Sati series is based on Panch Kanya from Indian mythology. After Ahalya, Kunti is the second book in the series, which will be followed by Draupadi, Mandodari and Tara. Koral’s fourth book has been optioned for screen adaptation. She is the founder of Tell Me Your Story, a cross-culture repository on the global perception of ‘India’. Koral consults with educational and corporate organizations on content and communication projects, and she was included in the Holmes Report’s Innovator 25 Asia-Pacific list, 2019. Her website is http://www.koraldasgupta.com and she is on Twitter as @koraldasgupta.


Abhinav Agarwal


Abhinav is a technology professional with over twenty years in the software industry, the technical editor of a book published by McGraw-Hill, a prolific writer on areas on technology and Indology. He is a computer engineer and holds a post graduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.