Displaced Deities: Reimagining Diaspora With Mythological Characters

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Dr. Ayuta Mohanty


The concept of diaspora, derived from the Greek word for "scatter," resonates deeply in literature and our daily lives. It explores the experiences of individuals who leave their homeland and navigate a new cultural landscape. This paper focuses on how Trisha Das' "Ms. Draupadi Kuru" utilizes diaspora to explore the identity quest of Draupadi, the Pandava queen.

The novel relocates Draupadi, along with Amba, Kunti, and Gandhari, from the celestial realm to modern-day Delhi, a drastic shift akin to a physical migration. This displacement forces them to confront a world vastly different from their heavenly existence. Draupadi, revered as a warrior queen in her past life, grapples with societal perceptions in the modern world. People might view her with pity due to polyandry, a stark contrast to the respect she commanded earlier. This loss of recognition highlights her displacement and the need to redefine her identity.

The novel delves into the challenges and triumphs of adaptation these characters experience. The women, accustomed to celestial grandeur, navigate the chaos of a bustling metropolis. The unfamiliarity of social norms, technology, and even clothing styles underscores the cultural clash they face. Yet, amidst the struggle, Draupadi discovers a sense of freedom in the modern world. Unlike her celestial life, she has the power to choose and forge a new path.

Ms. Draupadi Kuru transcends the fantastical by offering a relatable portrayal of the human spirit in a diaspora situation. Just like individuals who migrate, Draupadi, Kunti, Amba and Gandhari confront a harsh journey of adjusting to a new world. The novel emphasizes that even after facing challenges, one can achieve personal growth and redefine their identity, a message that resonates with the broader diaspora experience.


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Dr. Ayuta Mohanty. (2024). Displaced Deities: Reimagining Diaspora With Mythological Characters. Educational Administration: Theory and Practice, 30(7), 88–91. https://doi.org/10.53555/kuey.v30i7.6481
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Dr. Ayuta Mohanty

Assistant Professor, Department of HSS, C. V. Raman Global University, Bhubaneswar

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