Book Review: Karna’s Wife by Kavita Kane

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen by Kavita Kane

Genre: Mythology, Fiction
Book Name: Karna’s Wife:
The Outcast’s Queen
Author: Kavita Kane
Pages: 318
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Rupa Publications India

Although two widely acclaimed authors of Indian Fiction have given good reviews (highlighted on the cover pic as well), it does not make this a great book to be read. It’s an ok-ish book with the failings of any new writer. However, I am surprised with the way this book is written since the author is not the new-gen in this case (not an IIM or an IIT passout) but had been an editor and a journalist previously.

Told in a K-Series’ style of script-writing, with boredom setting in too quick, and with repetitive dialogues, I started to lose interest by the middle of this book. No wonder, with the story-line, I had to miss the Palace of Illusions told from Draupadi’s mindset. Did Kavita read this book previously? Because a good part of the section seemed to have been lifted from that, or otherwise it is to be concluded that there is not much to give an angle to Mahabharata’s characters since they are fixed and all the positives and negatives of a character has already been told by one book or the other.

“Oh baby, I got a crush, smitten over Karna passing judgements since I have got nothing better to do!” That’s the sort of character it turned out to be for Uruvi by the end of this book.

But yes, I completed this book. Phhewwww.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Born out of wedlock to Kunti and Surya, the Sun God, Karna is abandoned by his mother at birth. He deserves the fate of princes, but is adopted by a lowly charioteer and becomes one himself.

Uruvi, a Kshatriya princess, chooses him over Arjun at her Swayamvar, and theirs is a marriage of great social contrast. Uruvi must bring to bear all her love for Karna, and her formidable intelligence, to be accepted by his family. She eventually becomes Karna’s mainstay, counselling and guiding him. However his blind allegiance to Duryodhana, the eventual cause of his downfall, is beyond her power to change.

Karna’s Wife, told from Uruvi’s point of view, unfolds against the backdrop of the epic struggle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Lyrical and inventive, it is a moving story of love against all odds.

About the author:
A senior journalist with a career of over two decades, which includes working for Magna publication and DNA, she quit her job as Assistant Editor of Times of India to devote herself as a full time author. Karna’s Wife her debut novel, released in 2013 was a bestseller. Her second novel Sita’s Sister released in December 2014 is about Urmila.

Rating: 6/10

About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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