Karna is one of the most interesting characters of Indian saga of ‘The Mahabharata’. He is the Tragic Hero, whose story will haunt you for days after you’ve heard of it. I have read a lot of versions of the Mahabharata previously, So when I came across the book ‘Karna’s Wife : The Outcast Queen’ by debutante author Kavita Kane, where she narrates the story of Karna through the eyes of his wife Uruvi, I was positively intrigued.
The story unfolds against the backdrop of the Mahabharata.
Uruvi is the Kshatriya princess of the Kingdom of Pukeya. During her Swayamvara ( A Ceremony for choosing a husband from among st many suitors) she chooses ‘Karna’ the Sootaputra ( Somebody from lower castes) as her husband over the Golden Boy, Arjuna, her childhood friend, a Kshatriya prince, whom she was almost guaranteed she would marry. With this very act of defiance , we get a glimpse of the kind of strong willed woman Uruvi . However little did she realise then that this journey of being the wife of Karna was never going to be an easy. She would have to face the resentment from the very people she loved, people she had known all her life.
Because of her wedding to Karna, we can see a veil come up between her & the Kingdom of Hastinapur which since her childhood had been a place where she spent many a happy days in the company of Arjuna, her friend & Kunti the mother of the Pandavas & Bhishma Pitamah.
The author goes on to describe events leading up to the famous battle of Kurukshetra. She describes various facets of Karnas life, From his friendship with Duryodhana, his relationship with the Pandavas, the attraction between him & Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas & his relationship with his family & his first wife Vrushali.
The book is written so beautifully that it is hard to imagine that it is the author Kavita Kane”s first work.
She has handled every character with such beauty & finese that even the negative characters like Duryodhana , Ashwathama just appear to be flawed humans instead of vicious villains of the Mahabharata.
However it is the character of Uruvi that I am most drawn to, The strong willed princess & the anchor of Karna’s life during each phase of his life. Her struggles to cope with a life as an outcast queen to her extreme love for Karna. From trying to counsel him about picking the side of dharma to her helplessness over her husbands decision & finally his death. You just cant help but feel for Uruvi.
Kavita Kane has done a beyond brilliant job with the book. The Proof of which is when Karna dies in the book you cant help but want to weep for the unforfunate tragedy of his life. The Child of the Sun God & Princess Kunti, born with a magical protective armour , the benevolent king, the selfless giver, who should have been destined for greatness but ended up dead on a battlefield because of the Fates .
The narration of the novel & especially the end is so beautiful, it will break your heart. Such is the power of Kavita Kane’s writing.
For all the lovers of Mythology & even otherwise. It is a must read! I highly recommend it.
Kavita Kane, The Author of Karna’s Wife : The Outcast Queen.
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