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. Shivaji Sawant is also known as ‘Mritunjayakar’.
This book starts with these lines “I want to say something today. 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.”
Vasu is an adopted son of Radha and Adirath. 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.
Both brothers, Vasu and Shon have a very good bonding and they can’t live without each other. 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. He seems like a divine person, and due to this he is also called as ‘Karna’.
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.
The language of this book is very seamless. The language is very easy. Though it is not a fast pace book still this book will hook you till the last.
The author has given great account to the voice of Karna. He was the eldest Pandava and the rightful king of the Hastinapur throne. But he has gone through with humiliations in his entire life. With these, the author has also given voice to the Kunti, which I liked a lot. The author has put the emotion of every character in a very interesting way. This book is adorned with beautiful quotes and lines which you would like to treasure for forever. With each line, this book will go in your heart deeply. This is the best retelling of Mahabharata and if you want to know Mahabharata deeply then you shouldn’t miss it! A must read to each and every bookworm.
Until next time, Keep reading 🙂