Unlike "Yajnaseni" for which I had gone on a lengthy rant trip the women here are portrayed exactly as they should have been. She tests it by praying to Sun god, who instantly appears before her and gives her a son and soon disappears. Apart from indulging the semi-autobiography of a fictional figure, Sawant touches on one of the biggest realities of human society, one that has not changed since time immemorial.
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He was president of Baroda Sahitya Sammelan in Four books are spoken by Karna.
He chafes against dhivaji because it is stopping him from doing something he craves, denying him the recognition he thinks he deserves. The unique style of writing where different characters tell the story from their perspective make the reading quite interesting. Even if your introduction to Karna is through the Mahabharata alone, you cannot help but feel empathy for the eldest son of Kunti. Archived from the original on 19 December But then, it is actually very much in keeping with his character.
मृत्युंजय / Mrityunjaya
Eventhough it is little dragging in some places, still I can say it is an intresting book. Her pain and anguish during the 2 day battle between Karna and Arjuna. 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. The author of this book Shri. They had to go for exile because they lost, its all part of the game. This depicts how a low-born man rises high in his ranks though he is insulted time and again in his life.
This is one of the very few books that made me empathize for the protagonist. Just like how a single movie 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragaadha' changed the people's outlook about 'Chandu', 'Karnan' is able to glorify Karna. I have read this book twice and every time after reading this book I fell in love with Karna. This depicts how a low-born man rises high in his ranks though he is insulted time and again in his life.
मृत्युंजय / Mrityunjaya by Shivaji Sawant (4 star ratings)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The English translation is a bit clunky as some sentences are directly translated and therefore they do not hold the same impact.
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Aug 12, Krishna Jivane rated it really liked it. That being said this book is a work of genius. While reading Karnan, and I find myself comparing this book with Randamoozham. Caste system which is despised by Karna still exists today. He beautifully describes the life of Karna - the ever compromising, stronger than everyone yet humble about it, rightfully a prince but denounced as a charioteer.
The English translation had basic grammatical errors but I'll let that be as the book in itself is so powerful that I didn't mind the elementary English. Yugandhar is one of the best and most famous Novel of Marathi language and it is awarded with many of the prizes and awards given by the Sahitya Academy. 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.
That being said, the author manages to balance out the supernatural elements quite well and makes the overall narrative extremely readable. A master piece by Shivaji Sawant!
This in a way exemplifies Karna's relationship with most people. This book is about Karna life and death. Ashwathamann was a surprise - his wisdom and his love for Karna, wasn't aware of that at all and how a man like hi If you have read the Mahabharata in any form, this is a must read.
Ashwathamann was a surprise - his wisdom and his love for Karna, wasn't aware of that at all and how a man like him mrityunjzy into a beast by the end of the war. Whereas Karna is steadfast to moral principles, be it when Indra comes in disguise to as his Armour as alms, or while letting go Bheema missing an opportunity to kill him to whivaji the promise he had given to Kunthi before the Kurukshethra war.