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Now here comes the main part, Being the sutaputra Guru Drona does not accept him as his disciple. Narendra Jadhav. This book was translated in Hindi , English , Kannada , Gujarati , Malayalam and received numerous awards and accolades. Jagannath Kunte. The first half has a lot of grammatical and spelling error which is not present as much in the second half. Search for a book to add a reference. The dynamics between the friends is well explored.
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Karna punishes himself for more for his conduct, than any punishment Arjuna or Krishna ever inflict on him. No doubt to a person with more modern day sensibility, Karna's obsession with his low caste seems strange. Why then can he not get over it? Why does he think it is an insult? At one point he says his whole being recoiled at the thought that he was a charioteers son. But then, it is actually very much in keeping with his character. Karna is part of the system which has accepted the caste system for whatever it is.
He chafes against it because it is stopping him from doing something he craves, denying him the recognition he thinks he deserves. But beyond that Karna is no social reformer challenging the caste system.
He seems to accept the system, he is just frustrated by where it has placed him. And even though his foster parents never explicitly tell him that he is adopted, it is almost like he senses it from the beginning. He wonders why he has a flesh armour and earrings when his brother has none.
That armour always marks him out as special, in his own mind, and the ego gets pretty hurt when others like Drona fail to recognize this. This relationship with the flesh armour and earrings is explored well in this book. It is indeed very much a part of Karna himself and he has a great attachment to what it signifies. The pain on parting with it is therefore wrenching. And there are moving descriptions on how Karna learnt to live without them, without the armour which had made him invincible in war.
How he learns to cope with pain. Duryodhana is an interesting character. THe book clarifies that Duryodhana knew about Karna even before he made his momentous entry in the sports arena. In fact, he is one of those who treats Karna with courtesy right from the beginning, which makes Karna warm up to him. His charisma is evident in the way he is able to make Karna feel wanted and recognized, something which Yudhishtra fails to do.
Even though Duryodhana as the narrator tries to assume a more negative shade, by stating upfront that he only sought Karna because he always perceived him to be special and therefore useful, at some level, without even stating it, the narrative betrays his deep affection for Karna. He does not have an equal relationship with him, Karna is always his inferior, but there is still a great attachment towards him, and genuine concern for his well being.
The dynamics between the friends is well explored. One always wonders what was the role of Karna in many of Duryodhana's strategems. This book paints neither as saints. Each influences the other towards a particularly stupid or thoughtless piece of action.
Karna may not be for the dice game, but he does encourage Duryodhana in the final battle. In fact there is a scene where Duryodhana, after the Virata skirmish, betrays his fear of the Pandavas and wonders if he should make peace. But Karna, full of righteous wrath his brother Shona has just been killed by Arjuna in the skirmish openly encourages him to battle, promising the support of all the kings he suppressed in the Vijay yatra. If at all, there is a negative character in this book, it is Drona.
No one seems to have a great opinion of him, not even his son, Ashwathama, who is shown to be a close friend of Karna at some level, even closer than Duryodhana. Karna's relationship with the Pandavas is also quite realistic. The Pandavas are not villains in his life. There is a simmerring rivalry with Arjuna, but beyond that he does not seem to nurture an enmity towards them.
In fact in some places, he conveys a deep respect for them, for the way they survived Varanavrata, for the way they transformed Khandivaprastha. He also acknowledges that Duryodhana is not always just in his treatment of them. But none of the Pandavas ever make an attempt to engage him in any way, right from the time he was their fellow student, so he has no special feelings towards them and therefore pledges his allegiance to Duryodhana who at least seems to bother that he exists.
This is quite realistic, since it would be strange to accept that an independent thinking and otherwise just man would harbor a deep resentment against people who have not done him any great personal harm. Similarly, there is no great outpouring of affection when he realizes they are his brothers either. The only outpouring of affection is for Draupadi and that has nothing to do with the newly discovered relationship.
In fact after the relationship is discovered, Karna does not spend too much time brooding over his brothers at all. It helps that the narrator changes at this section and it is Krishna who narrates those sections of the war, where Karna is on the battlefield. We therefore do not really have a clue as to whether he has any brotherly feelings when he is fighting them. He spares their lives, as per his promise, but with no tenderness. Arjun may now be his blood brother but that does not absolve him of the crime of having killed Karnas first born as well as his foster brother.
The books strongest point is the way it has rooted Karna into his adoptive family. It is them, more than Duryodhana, who give him to strength to refuse Krishna's offer. In fact Karna tells Krishna outright that though they have both been brought up by adoptive parents that is where the similarity ends.
Krishna walked out of Yashoda's life, he left behind the Gopikas of gokul. But Karna will not abandon Adhiratha or Radha. Radha has a greater claim to be his mother compared to Kunti. Shona's claim as his brother is much more than Arjuna.
And he will not now betray Vrishali, who stood by him all these years, and accept Draupadi. In fact when I see the inanities of the Star Plus Mahabharat, with its frenzied attempt to paint Duryodhan as a monster and Karna's insipid support for him Main apne mitr ko nahi chod sakta, whatever , and the teary hindi filmi farewell for Karna on his 'mother's' lap, with all his 'brothers' weeping over him Duryodhana is conveniently absent from the scene , I am tempted to fling this book at the writers and ask them to get some perspective.
Karna's death scene in this book is awe inspiring. And there is no maudlin sentimentality after that, when the Pandavas find out his true identity. The book is not interested in telling us how they reacted to it, because that is not Karna's story.
His story died with his death. And how his brothers reconciled to the death is not his business. For months, I tried finding this book in bookstores and libraries but couldn't find it. Thanks to Tim Berners-Lee, I finally managed to buy a copy of it online. But I had to shell out a hefty amount on the hardbound edition with shining golden-bordered pages and velvet coating. But the book is totally worth it. The book is a psychological insight into various characters of Mahabharat - primarily that of Karna.
The English version of the book, although a little hazy with language, nonetheless form For months, I tried finding this book in bookstores and libraries but couldn't find it. The English version of the book, although a little hazy with language, nonetheless forms a great read. The highs and lows of Karna's life and also that of others are all too vivid. This is one of the very few books that made me empathize for the protagonist.
This is one book that would stay on my bookshelf forever. If you are good with Marathi, read the original Marathi edition of this book.
View all 3 comments. There are so many mixed emotions inside me now that I have finished reading this epic based on Karna's life, 'Mrityunjay'. I am yet to come across an author who has such impeccable research about everything ranging from names and back stories of almost all characters involved, to the names of the food items, flora and fauna, musical instruments, regions and kingdoms smallest to largest , mountain ranges, weapons used in the war, the rivers and their tributaries and the distance and time taken to There are so many mixed emotions inside me now that I have finished reading this epic based on Karna's life, 'Mrityunjay'.
I am yet to come across an author who has such impeccable research about everything ranging from names and back stories of almost all characters involved, to the names of the food items, flora and fauna, musical instruments, regions and kingdoms smallest to largest , mountain ranges, weapons used in the war, the rivers and their tributaries and the distance and time taken to travel from one place to another. The language is mesmerizing and even that is an understatement. The book is filled with similes and metaphors and one has to be tremendously focussed to get the whole meaning of it.
Many sentences are long and filled with vivid imagery.
The descriptions are so scintillating and dramatic that the reader is automatically drawn physically inside the story. I could feel myself standing at the banks of Ganga looking into the sun, or right amidst the fighting soldiers of Kurukshetra.
I could feel myself crying silently at the loss of Karna's Kavach and Kundals. Some passages are extremely thought provoking and it is quite evident throughout the book that the author, Mr. Shivaji Sawant has put colossal effort to ensure he doesn't leave us with a single question. Yes, he ensures that the reader reels for quite some time under the heavy philosophy though. Who was Karna? A victim of casteism and patriarchy? A strong powerful indestructible force?
A loyal friend? Who is the villain and who is the hero? It throws some really staggering philosophical questions like the meaning of living, the significance of Dharma and Karma, the inevitability of business and politics, the purpose of a human being. And gives some quite subtle answers to it in the form of the wise ones - Ashvatthama and Krishna. Karna lost the war or did he? It is very difficult to maintain the adventure in a story when the reader most likely knows how the story is going to turn out.
This book took the challenge up gracefully and successfully managed to extract the exact extreme emotions out of me despite me knowing in advance where the story would turn. As a feminist, the patriarchy was evident. Unlike "Yajnaseni" for which I had gone on a lengthy rant trip the women here are portrayed exactly as they should have been. These were also women who were victims of patriarchy and the story isn't changed at all but I found the treatment given to the characters is quite different.
Each character is portrayed with much charisma. One could still see the strength in them. I am not sure how the English translation would work out what with all the rich flaming descriptions in Marathi. And still I would say if you can lay your hands on this one, please do. The ones who know Marathi please go for the Marathi one. Its a little tough but its worth it. View all 4 comments. I managed to read this book after searching for it for nearly years.
The English translation is a bit clunky as some sentences are directly translated and therefore they do not hold the same impact. That being said this book is a work of genius. Shivaji Sawant has written about Karna and re-imagined the Mahabharata around him. The book is made of nine section with 4 of them being from Karna's viewpoint, and the rest from the Viewpoints of Duryodhana, Kunti[His biological mother: The book is not entirely canonical and gives us a rather humane viewpoint into the happenings of the Mahabharata.
Karna's valour, his thoughts, his behaviour is entirely laid bare in this book. He's a not a shining knight as this book shows us the grayness of his actions. The Pandavas are also shown in a more humanistic light as most other MBH books often paint them in all bright and Godly colours however they were humans and they too had their bad sides.
This book has epitomized this principle and has given a rather stark and beautiful picture of the life of one of the greatest human beings who ever lived. View all 11 comments. I have one "new in a box" book to sell. It is signed by the publisher and is a collector's edition; the cover is made of raw silk. English edition. Let me know if you are interested. View all 8 comments. This book has been on my TBR for a long time, and finally, I managed to finish it.
This is known as the best retelling of Mahabharata. This book is originally written in the Marathi language. The author of this book Shri. You may read full review on my blog http: Some will startle hearing my words. And wonder: How can anyone swallowed by death speak?
But a time comes when the dead have to speak too. When the flesh-and-bones living behaves like the dead, then the dead have to come alive and speak out. Adirath is a charioteer of King Dhritarashtra in the kingdom of Hastinapur. Vasu was found on the shore of sacred river Ganga.
The childless couple Radha and Adirath took him as the blessing of God. After adopting Vasu, Radha gives birth to a son named as Shon. As Vasu grew up he gets to know that he is not like the other people. He has an impenetrable armor and has golden flesh earrings which are attached to his body. Since childhood, he has an interest in the weaponry and wanted to be a warrior. But his family profession is of a charioteer and everyone expected him to be the same. Contradictory to this, Karna wanted to be a warrior so Adirath took him to the Hastinapur.
Now here comes the main part, Being the sutaputra Guru Drona does not accept him as his disciple. Karna always felt a closeness to the Sun-god and considered him his Guru. In Hastinapur he meets various people like Arjun, Duryodhan.
Arjun becomes his instant rival.
Whereas Duryodhan becomes his friend. Karna has to go through with various ups and down which finally put him in the mouth of death.
View all 9 comments. Jan 22, Pooja rated it it was amazing. Although this has been translated in many languages, something is always lost in the process and i have been lucky to read the original book.
This is among the best books i have ever read with the characters so alive that kept lingering in my thoughts for several weeks. Mrityunjay means the one who conquers death and truly Karna does. This book is about Karna life and death. I can never compliment the author enough for presenting a story already known my all in a way that doesn't allow the reade Although this has been translated in many languages, something is always lost in the process and i have been lucky to read the original book.
I can never compliment the author enough for presenting a story already known my all in a way that doesn't allow the reader to put down the book. There is no any other human matched the talent of karna. When we look close we can no one is advocating for dharma, everyone is selfish.
So it isnt appropriate to picture Dhuryodhana as a coward in this manner, as far as i know , he is i red "Randammuzham" by Mt so.. So it isnt appropriate to picture Dhuryodhana as a coward in this manner, as far as i know , he is brave and strong like Bheema.
Its pretty difficult to point who is the best Karna,Arjuna or Bheema. But by considering the situational disadvantages, donating behaviour and discrimination to his race , curses etc merits karna to become the greatest warrior ever lived. He is making pandavas do the undos and stating dumb reasons for his doings.
Krishna should be covered as a villain portrait as for me. Jan 18, Akshay rated it it was amazing. It is often said that the books of our childhood offer a vivid door to our own pasts, and not necessarily for the stories we read there, but for the memories of where we were and who we were when we were reading them; to remember a book is to remember the child who read that book.
Simply put, Mrityunjaya is about the search for meaning of being is a man's eternal quest. The characters of Vrishali and Shon for example, are given such appropriate voices, that you are left wondering whether Sawant It is often said that the books of our childhood offer a vivid door to our own pasts, and not necessarily for the stories we read there, but for the memories of where we were and who we were when we were reading them; to remember a book is to remember the child who read that book.
Even if your introduction to Karna is through the Mahabharata alone, you cannot help but feel empathy for the eldest son of Kunti. In fact, Mrityunjaya only deepens it. Summing up, Mrityunjaya is one of the most eloquently narrated books and is most certainly a book worth adding to one's reading collection.
This is a well written book. But I can't give more stars for this and the reason behind that is Randamoozham. While reading Karnan, and I find myself comparing this book with Randamoozham. According to me,Randamoozham was a step ahead in the way story is told, portrayal of all characters, about kurukshetra war etc. Frankly speaking, i didn't like the way Bhima is shown in this book; That is another reason for giving less rating: Eventhough it is little dragging in some places, still I can This is a well written book.
Eventhough it is little dragging in some places, still I can say it is an intresting book. Dec 04, Neeti rated it really liked it. The Mahabharat is my favorite epic. Karna, you might have had certain character flaws, but you are my hero. Aug 04, Swapneil Bakde rated it it was amazing.
It is one of the greatest books i have ever read! Oct 03, WordsBeyondBorders rated it liked it. If one took a poll on the popularity of the various characters of the Mahabharata, Karna would rank amongst the top. His is the legend of a tragic hero.
Written originally in Marathi, the English translation of the novel is from the Hindi version of the original. This work reputed to be among the best of contemporary Marathi literature, has an interesting narrative technique. The novel is split into 9 books, each of then If one took a poll on the popularity of the various characters of the Mahabharata, Karna would rank amongst the top. The novel is split into 9 books, each of then narrated as a monologue by Karna and other characters like Kunti, Krishna, each of the 3 have 2 books of monologue , Duryodhana, Vrishali Karna's wife and Shom Karna's step-brother.
The monologues of Karna are the best of the lot. Though the book is a sort of paean to Karna, it never goes overboard with it and tries to show his flaws as well. For all his poweress, Karna comes across as internally turmoiled, insecure man, insecure due to his origins about his place in society and obsessed about being recognized as the best archer of all.
But sadly he was never given the oppurtunity of a level playing field to prove it. If he was denied by Drona during the archery competition at the beginning, then the curses that are heaped on him at the later stage also play a part in ensuring that he remains a tragic hero.
It is a matter of conjecture as to what would have happened, if Drona had allowed Karna to compete with Arjuna. Maybe he would have won, he may have indeed lost, but either way, he would have been a more peaceful man, contended with himself and not obsessed with being the best archer which drives almost all his actions resulting in tragic consequences. But it was to not be. Another feeling that he tries to reconcile with vainly till the very end is his origin.
Karna is shown in a subtle way as being unable to accept fully his origins. Though he loves his parents, proclaims that he is proud to a charioteer's son, some parts of his monologue subtly let it slip that maybe he is not as confident and secure about his origins as he shows. Maybe he craved that he were born elsewhere, or to put it clearly he may have desired that his parents had been the same but of a higher standing in society.
It is borne out by his reactions to the relevation that he is Kunti's son. It's not any great happiness or anger that he feels towards Kunti. What comes through mainly is the relief that he is Kshatriya after all, that he cannot be insulted for his birth. It implies that he accepts the social order for all his posturing and that instead of trying to remove it, he is more than happy to know that he has actually jumped up in the order.
Interestingly, Samant brings a twist to Karna's much lauded generosity using this turmoil. It is mentioned that his generosity is due to his craving for recognition. This does not reduce the value of his generosity, but only serves to enhance to the reader, the pain that a person must feel on being insulted repeatedly by society for no fault of his own, other than being born in a particular caste and the extreme lengths that he can go to overcome it.
This obsession results in giving his body armour to Indra, therby divesting himself of his greatest protection. The books of Kunti and Krishna more than one for each are middlingly good, but rarely offer any great insight into either Karna or themselves.
The initial parts of her monologue are her reminiscences about her childhood, her being gifted by her father Surasena to Kunti Bhoja, her marriage to Pandu, in both cases without anyone asking her preference or her feelings are the best of the lot. Krishna's monologue too is pretty much the usual one you come to expect. The monologue of Duryodhana is different in that he is shown as a scheming character who treats Karna as more of his personal employee, a weapon to counteract the Pandavas than as his friend.
Yes, I agree that their relationship need not have been as close a friendship as is known generally, but a complete flip around of it results in the relationship becoming completely one-dimensional, with no layers to it. Looks like the author decided to do a paradigm shift of popular perception, but in doing that he actually does Duryodhana an injustice. It cannot have been only personal benefit that made him ally with Karna, as it cannot have been only the goodness of his heart.
If he had been so devious, he could very well have forced Karna to fight under Bheeshma during the first 10 days of the war, instead of agreeing with his decision. Interestingly Aswaththama seems to have a more deeper friendship with Karna than Duryodhana. But ironically, even he abuses Karna in a fit of anger as a charioter's son during a tense moment in the war.
This in a way exemplifies Karna's relationship with most people. However close he gets to them, how much ever he feels respected by them, at some point his origins are used by the same people to taunt him. That brings us to the other 2 books, that of his wife Vrishali and Shom his step-brother. It is with them that he does not feel the insecurity of being insulted at any time. But he rarely opens up his innermost feelings to even them. The two monologues are basically adulations of Karna by the two, who literally worship the ground he treads on.
I had read somewhere else that Karna did not have a happy marital life as his wife who supposedly was royalty, was contempous of his origins and was insulting to him, but here Samant gives us a different version. Maybe one of the above books could have been done away with for a monologue of Arjuna, it sure would have been interesting to get know his views on his arch rival. Karna's worship of the Sun-god, the unexplainable to him, but not to the reader connect that he feels towards the Sun god are very evocative, as is the part where the Sun god teaches him about the astras.
Yes, it is Surya devta who is mentioned as Karna's teacher in the book, because Drona is pre-occupied with teaching the Pandavas and Kshatriyas. Some other parts too stand out, one being the killing of Sisupala where Karna's eyewitness account of it is almost psychedelic. The other being Karna's turmoil when Draupathi is being insulted after the game of dice.
Torn between wanting to stop Duryodhana and held back by Draupathi's earlier insult of him during her Swayamvar he finally makes the fatal decision of joining Duryodhana. The tipping point for this is rooted in the human ego as Samant slips in a subtle variation of the events. As Draupathi asks everyone in the royal assembly for help, she sees Karna, meets his eye and then moves away without asking him anything.
This spurs Karna to insult her. Ironically it is revealed later that Draupathi did not ask for his help since she was already regretting her insult of Karna at her Swayamvar and did not feel worthy of his assistance. The part where Karna cuts off his armor to give to Indra and the subsequent description of his skinless body which is translucent is bound to shock you. But alongside such parts, others like the description of the events of the war get monotonous at places as do Shon's and Vrishali's monologues in their adulation of Karna.
This is a good, but at times uneven read. Personally for me, the best take on the Mahabharata still remains Bhyrappa's Parva. If you have not read Parva and are interested in reading variations on the epic, the first option should be Parva. A digression from the novel. At the end of the novel, I found myself thinking about another character in parallel to Karna. If Karna can be said the victim of injustice throughout his life, then what of Eklavya.
Probably he was the one who was subjected to the most cruel injustice of them all.