The author beats around the bush for most part of the book,repeating the same things over and over again. I only bared through this Really poorly written. I only bared through this book for my otherwise liking for the character but I sincerely recommend one NOT to touch it. Reviewed it just to put across that it was one of the not at all good books I have ever read. View all 3 comments. Jun 30, Shyam Sundar rated it really liked it. Re-telling of the greatest epic mahabharata on karna's Perspective.
This book explores multiple facets of karna! As a King , a husband , a friend , a son , a father , a brother , an enemy! As an epitome of moral righteousness. An unsung hero of Mahabaratha! Have been bought up by listening various stories of mahabaratha on pandavas , this gives another unique perspective of uruvi , a kshatriya princess who choses Karna over arjuna.
The story of Karna and Uruvi is used as a backdrop of the Re-telling of the greatest epic mahabharata on karna's Perspective. The story of Karna and Uruvi is used as a backdrop of the whole Mahabharata playing in the fore. A classic retelling which narrates the events of Mahabharata with great detail and different perspective. The conflict within her between her unconditional love for Karna and his inconsiderate behavior towards Draupadi at the dice game in the palace of Hastinapur has been well portrayed.
A must read for mythology lovers. Dec 25, Avanthika rated it it was amazing. What was so special about this book was it penetrated into Karna's soul through Uruvi's eyes. I was wondering why the author chose fictional Uruvi over Vrushaali, who was the actual mother of all nine sons of Karna including Vrushakethu.
And then came the answer, the chapter that had the suyamvar. When everybody expects Uruvi to garland Arjuna, she walks past him to garland Arjuna's ulimate rival, Karna, creating traumatic murmurs. It actually tamed my pulse to a greater extent even though it was What was so special about this book was it penetrated into Karna's soul through Uruvi's eyes. It actually tamed my pulse to a greater extent even though it was imaginary, for it nullified the astringent remark Panjaali made on her Suyamvar. Portrayed as a Dharmic person supporting wrong people, there are numerous debates on his actions.
Well, the root to all his unrighteous choices he made is very evident. He was subjected to parental rejection. He woke up every morning in the same town with his mom, as adopted son of sutaputra despite of being Suryaputhra, looking at every elderly women down the street and wondering who could be his mom. He had a turmoil in choosing between dharma of friendship and the dharma of righteousness. Having faced rejections all through his life, he did not get the recognition that he longed for. Not until his death. He took Duryodhan's side although his morals where right, for Duryodhan was the only person who supported him when the rest of the world walked away belittling him.
Even after becoming a king, he couldn't do AnnaDadham because people refused to eat in a Sutaputra's house. Radheya has always been a rebel against caste and the social hierarchy,' her mother-in-law said, after a brief pause. Uruvi tries her best to bring him back in track. The conversations between Draupati and uruvi are well crafted. When Karna confessed his love for Draupati to Uruvi, I found pangs of jealousy in me. The climax of this book left me with a lump in my throat. Benevolent Karna is bad mouthed throughout the epic although he was dharmic.
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I was as devastated as Uruvi. She sometimes wished she was more thick-skinned, so that she could see nothing, feel nothing. I understood the need to have thick-skin when I went through those pages that described Karna's death. Seriously, Karna's death doesn't mark his ultimate end. There were situations where he died slowly, inside him, before his actual death.
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First time was when Kunti dumped him. Finally, before his final death, after keeping mum for years, Kunti reveals the secret to Karna, just before the war. Very thought of confronting his own brothers in the war should have killed him literally. After all these difficult situations, he should have felt bitter to fight. There was nothing left after that. Everything stood ominously still. I could feel the void, darkness and agony. I could sense the loss Duryodhan went through after Karna's death. Duryodhan, who stood undisturbed in the battlefield even after the death of his 99 cousins, couldn't bear the death of Karna.
He weeps like a kid to Uruvi. Through Kavita Kane's words, I lived the life of Karna's wife. Even after finishing the book, I could feel the hangover of the words used. The world is not going to witness one another benevolent loving man like Karna ever again. Feb 10, Nina rated it did not like it.
It was that man again. That man, with his thick mane, brooding eyes and twinkling earrings, walked towards her, his gold armour glittering so fiercely under the blazing sun that it was blinding. His intense radiance threw tormented shadows, the wind suddenly whirling away the figure made spectral by the shadows, and snuffing it abruptly while she stood there, her arms extended, against the vast emptiness of sand… If the opening passage appears to be intriguing, then let me clarify: this is just a It was that man again.
His intense radiance threw tormented shadows, the wind suddenly whirling away the figure made spectral by the shadows, and snuffing it abruptly while she stood there, her arms extended, against the vast emptiness of sand… If the opening passage appears to be intriguing, then let me clarify: this is just akin to the trailer of the movie "Thugs of Hindostan" that offered loads of promises with the actual content turning out to be tripe. Karna's Wife, the Outcast's Queen is supposed to be the story of the wife of Karna.
However, what it actually is, is a justifications for everything Karna did under the pretext of caste tragedy , through the voice of Uruvi, a fictional woman. Garnished with an absolutely amateurish style of writing, this book is a precious piece of balderdash. I am hoping that Kavita's command over storytelling has improved with her successive projects. Here's an insight into the book: 1. Let's start with the titular character: Uruvi, aka Karna's Wife. Uruvi is basically a carbon-copy of Draupadi minus the Vastraharan.
Same beauty, same traits, same wit. Only Kane claims that Uruvi doesn't like revenge and war though I seriously feel that side of hers had remained untested throughout the book. If Uruvi had been molested, dragged by her hair and disrobed publicly by her in-laws, then it remains to be seen what would have been her reaction. Uruvi is a modern day feminist who believes in "my life, my choice". And choose she does, to take revenge from Vyasa who composed Mahabharat. Since Draupadi chose Arjuna, Uruvi has to do the opposite.
She rejects her childhood friend Arjuna coldly and garlands Karna. But Uruvi is multi-faceted. Not only is she her husband's avenger but also his PR team. She goes around asking people like Bhishma questions like "How dare you love Arjuna more when my hubby is a better warrior and human? Next comes the man himself, Karna. In this book, Karna is said to be the greatest, kindest, nicest human being that ever walked the earth. They constantly tell stories of Karna's greatness which is fine except that we rarely get to see Karna walk the talk.
What we do get in this book instead, is Karna, the eternal whiner whose best shot at fame is through validation from Pandavas. Every now and then he keeps whining to his wife about how Pandavas "never gave him chance", how Pandavas never gave him attention, etc. What I fail to understand is, why would they? What makes the author think that the Pandavas were obligated to pay attention to an upstart like Karna, who was a stranger to them in their youth?
Then there is his fixation with Draupadi. More the author's actually, than Karna ever had in Vyasa's Mahabharat. And at least 10 times we are reminded how he had called her a whore and egged her molestation at the dice hall only as justified retaliation. Of course Karna had no malice in heart while doing all this, or so the author claims. He was only having a "private, sacrosanct" moment of outburst with his rival's wife Draupadi yes, Kavita Kane uses these exact words in quotes at the dice-hall.
Physical assault in return for rejection. Very sacrosanct indeed. Next is Kunti. In this book, she is the kind of woman who calmly calls herself a whore because the laws apparently claim it. And then goes on to say the same about her polyandrous bahu as well. All this because, ahem, Karna cannot be wrong in a book written on him. Kavita Kane's Draupadi is a semi-lunatic who cannot differentiate between love and oppression. Surprisingly she is also shown as a semi-bitch for being nitpicky about her husband.
I have to admit, that Kavita Kane is a tremendous feminist and supports "my life, my choice" see Uruvi, for instance ONLY as long as the said "choice" is Karna. Duryodhan, Shakuni and Dushasana are utterly wretched men in this book for doing all the same things that Karna does.
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But then again, Karna is the hero so he cannot be wrong, can he? That brings me to Arjuna. Kane's Arjuna is - no points for guessing - an unworthy hero in this book. He is a short-tempered, arrogant man who cannot take competition. He doesn't molest women who reject him though like his rival Karna but Kavita Kane takes care to mention this fleetingly and avoids elaborating it, lest the reader's mind begins to admire Arjuna.
Instead, she keeps the focus rather on how "privileged" a kid Arjuna is. As a warrior, Kane's Arjuna is good, but not good enough. Vyasa must have been a fool to have given him centre-stage, because as per Kavita Kane, Arjuna is just an overrated, vain guy who is singularly loved the most by his grandfather, teacher and everyone around out of royal princes in Hastinapur for apparently no virtue of his! She does throw in his sincerity fleetingly, but doesn't let the moment last for too long as PR head Uruvi slowly wrenches it out of everyone including Krishna that Arjuna is indeed overrated and Karna is better.
The only thing remaining was Krishna giving Karna the lessons of Bhagavad Gita and showing him Viswaroopam instead of Arjuna, but thankfully Bhagavad Gita comes under sensitive "religious" issues, and so cannot be tampered with easily. The only portions I enjoyed were the parts where a Kshatriya Uruvi tries to navigate through her newly married Suta household post marriage observing their traditions and lifestyle, and the ending chapter where Uruvi spends her last days as a healer. Basically those portions which have nothing much to do with Mahabharat.
Overall, read Karna's Wife only if you are stranded in a lonely island with only this one book in your bag. Jun 20, Aditya Choppa rated it it was ok. I relived the memories of reading Twilight while reading the initial chapters as Uruvi pines for Karna She'll definitely give tough competition to Bella on how much one cab get obsessed about a guy. Once you get used to the blatant sexism can be excused as it is set in a patriarchal society thousands of years ago you are bombarded with psycho-analysis of Uruvi.
The analysis presented is nothing new. For anybody who has seen the movie about Karna an old Telugu movie or the TV-series used to air on Doordarshan the points the author makes are moot. Only, thing new to me was the severe criticism of Kunthi. Read it only if you are ignorant about Mahabaratha or haven't heard the version sympathetic to Karna or you have lot of spare time.
May 20, Nameeta rated it it was ok. Growing up, Sunday mornings were reserved for watching the Mahabharat on Doordashan and I remember Karna being on the side of the Kaurava's and overall not a very good person. But reading interpretations of the Mahabharat in recent times Karna seems to have been a character who was a victim of his circumstance so I was interested to learn more about him and his wife in this story fictional though it maybe.
I honestly did not have very high expectations but unfortunately even those failed to de Growing up, Sunday mornings were reserved for watching the Mahabharat on Doordashan and I remember Karna being on the side of the Kaurava's and overall not a very good person. I honestly did not have very high expectations but unfortunately even those failed to deliver.
There were a few good things about the book and one of those is the main protagonist Uruvi. It was quite refreshing to hear a feminist voice in the Mahabharat setting where most of the women were used as pawns and play things. But she was also extremely naive.
A woman who was lost in her own love story and blind to the world and her husband's fault till it was too late. She also gets a little screechy and annoying at times. The story also shows that the Pandavas may not have always been right or good. And the same goes for the Kaurava's. I wish the author had delved into Duryodhana and his family a little more. Kunti is portrayed as plain calculative and power hungry. I enjoyed the politics and the family history and dynamics. And then of course Karna. A man who was righteous but on the wrong side of the war. From the beginning Karna knew this but his friendship and loyalty to Duryodhana trumped everything for him.
The author does wonder that if his birth had been acknowledged right at the start then maybe the war would not have happened. But then the explanation given was that this was necessary for dharma to prevail, to learn what is right from wrong although I doubt any of the lessons learnt are applicable at this day and age. Now coming to what I did not like, the most important being that the story was way too long.
For the matter it tried to convey entirely too many pages were written. The editing could have been better and so could have been the story telling. The narrative has too many flash backs which are not incorporated well.
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Also the same rehashing of how great Karna was was not needed in every other chapter. Also the dialogues spouted but the characters was just plain annoying at times. Though it could have been much better overall not worth the time spent reading it Oct 10, Prajakta Athavale rated it did not like it. Makes Palace of Illusion seem like a work of pure literature. This is just an author indulging herself by creating a fictional Karna's wife just to retell a very twisted version of Mahabharata with some added commentary to suit the non-existing plot.
It lacks depth, insights and any internalization of events or people and is peppered with a slew of heavy dialogues with distorted facts to make Karna the hero. Karna is the perfect anti-hero with forty shades of imperfection, which is the most Zero. Karna is the perfect anti-hero with forty shades of imperfection, which is the most appealing quality of his character. Kane killed it by glossing over the bad and the ugly while gilding the good.
I wish instead, we had spent more time on Vrushali who was actually Karna's wife and not this fictional female. Last but not the least, it was despicable the way the author equated Draupadi's disrobing with the public rejection of Karna during the swayamwar to justify Karna's actions. Sexual assault and verbal assault can never cancel each other out.
Feb 08, Ishani rated it it was ok Shelves: india , indian-author , read-in , indian-mythology , religion. She was a mere spectator like us. With or without Uruvi in picture, with or without her marrying Karna, the course of Mahabharata stays the same. So retelling Mahabharata from her perspective in a book other than Mahabharata itself is very futile and boring. Having said that, the writing style is not that impressive. The book starts with the intention of introducing each and everyone wherever possible with a subtitle: Dhritarashtra, the blind king or Kunti, mother of the mighty Pandavas and widow of king Pandu followed by a flashback on what happened to them before.
It makes the readers feel very weary. And as the story progresses the author keeps on injecting short stories telling Mahabharata in every context. The beginning looks like a love story but later on is a series of endless discussions between Uruvi and others from Mahabharata, each time repeating the same things and events over and over.
The interesting parts of Mahabharata could actually have been elaborated more and the unnecessary parts could have been avoided. Kunti, Gandhari or lesser researched characters like Vidur or Dhritarashtra would have been an amazing choice! Jan 06, Rahul Prabhu rated it it was amazing. Brilliant book! This book is a great example of things told from a different points of view sound very different.
The depth given to the non-central characters like Kunti, Shakuni, Bhishma, and Duryodhana is exceptional. I especially loved the way the author has portrayed the other side of Kunti who is traditionally seen as a positive character. The character central to the plot of course is Karna's wife 'Uruvi'. The author has in a very sensitive way explained what Uruvi goes through by marrying Brilliant book!
The author has in a very sensitive way explained what Uruvi goes through by marrying Karna - the chivalrous, generous, just and the highly skilled brave warrior who is regarded by many as the greatest warrior of Aryavrata but is also looked down upon by the majority because of his low birth. This book has not only brought out the various emotions that Uruvi goes through as the wife of one of the most complicated characters in the Mahabharata but has also explained the phenomenon of Karna.
When we look at Mahabharata from the traditional angle, we see skill, glory, bravery and victory. We often fail to see the other side of it which is tragedy, helplessness, and grief. This book does a very good job of bringing forth this view. After reading this book, I've realized that Mahabharatha can be looked at from many points of view and each teaches you something.
Mar 14, MidnightOil rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It sounded very promising, not to mention tantalizing, as it would mean a close and romantic look at Karna! But alas! There were too many editing mistakes to count, the language was pedestrian at best, and the story meandered like a directionless blind drunkard! In fact its never mentioned! Her qualities are taken and given to Uruvi, leaving a very strange, almost alien-like creature in her place.
I reread that part to be sure I had read it correctly! It was surreal. And lo and behold! Kane delivers the next gem! Yes, you read that right. My expectations from the book had plummeted past zero by this time, so I continued reading to see just how bad it could get. Kane took it as a challenge, it seems, and switched her soul with Uruvi. When the book ended I was almost sorry, because I had so gotten used to the convoluted nonsense of it.
Bad books make me angry, but this one was so bad it made me laugh with tears running down my cheeks. If Karna were to come alive he would be in a dilemma; should he just kill himself or marry this woman who obviously loves him very much and then kill himself for her bad writing! I would vote for killing himself right away to save him the torture of reading this book. Karna has long been the character who evokes the greatest sympathy from thousands of readers who lose themselves to the tale of the Mahabharata. For me personally, he has been the unsung hero - the wronghed one, the one who despite being the instigator of the shame of Draupadi and the willing participant in Abhimanyu's brutal killing.
So to be the book that almost makes me cringe with annoyance at the man, is some feat.
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The book leads us to believe for the most part that Karna is a man with lovin Karna has long been the character who evokes the greatest sympathy from thousands of readers who lose themselves to the tale of the Mahabharata. The book leads us to believe for the most part that Karna is a man with loving even if adoptive parents, a brother who looks up to him as his hero, two wives - one who is his friend and confidante and the other the narrator of this book the rouser of his passions, friends who remained steadfastly loyal and respected him for his skill and talent without paying much heed to his lineage - and yet cannot look beyond the fact that a few people who he has no reason to attach importance to till much later when the truth is revealed - call him sutaputra.
He sounds whiny. And despite his wife and everyone else insisting he is righteous, on specific occasions mentioned afore, he but loses any right to be referred so. Thankfully, the revelation of his birth and his determination to remain steadfastly loyal to his friend, the unfairness of what his birth mother and Krishna himself ask of him, didn't fail to restore some of my sympathy. This is arguably the weakest perspective on the saga that I have had the chance to read.
The author and therefore her lead protagonist make for a dull reading with tons of repetition even of phrases and events and any active engagement. Uruvi while modeled as to Karna what Draupadi was to Arjuna and vice versa, lacks the benefit of the richness of interactions with the mysterious Krishna, the Dharma-abiding often infuriating Yudhishthira, the soft-hearted brute that is Bhima and so many others from the tale.
In comparison to Draupadi, she comes across as highly uni-dimensional - a woman who loves her husband to the end of the world and has nothing more to say other than how wrong he was in his choices and how wronged he was in his destiny. Apr 01, Ashma rated it it was ok. The only thing that compelled me to finish this book is the 'different perspective' of Mahabharat. It is an intriguing experience. Nevertheless, I cannot ignore how the conversation between the characters in this novel go-horrible, cheesy and extremely hard to digest.
How I loathe the beginning of this novel itself! A desperate woman attracted by Karna's glowing armor. How she claims she 'loves' him and The only thing that compelled me to finish this book is the 'different perspective' of Mahabharat. How she claims she 'loves' him and repeats annoyingly throughout the novel while Karna doesn't even know she exists in the very beginning! And that conversation of newlywed couples after the dramatic Swayamvar though! Wish it could have been better. The revelation of Karna's birth and the events followed always gets me!
The ending of this epic battle always gets me. Sep 14, Gayathri rated it it was ok Shelves: indian-authors. Karna's Wife is a misleading title. The sole focus of the story is Karna. There is not one dialogue that isn't spoken about Karna or the other men who litter the pages of Mahabharata. The narrative also keeps moving back and forth. And the author uses various characters to pronounce lengthy monologues to explain the various boons and curses at play.
This often le Karna's Wife is a misleading title. This often leads to a loss of complexity for the reader is led straight to the answer instead of having it slowly revealed. Disappointing read. Mar 07, Srividya rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle-owned , indian-authors , srividyaschallenge.
Excellent book. Told from a wife's pov, it was extremely superb. Some of the scenes as well as the moments literally brought tears to your eyes. Mahabharata has always been my favorite epic and Karna my favorite character, given his multiple shades. To see his story told from his wife's pov was simply wonderful. Made you realise that life is not all black and white and there are shades of grey in everyone. Jul 01, Lakshmi rated it it was ok. I didn't like the read. Impressed by her other books like Menaka's Choice and Lanka's Princess, I was intrigued to read this.
Moral of the story is No matter how good and righteous a person is, if he sides with the wrong then he will be doomed come what may! This can be put in a very simple way with unnecessary discussions. I liked the way how story was built but this book tested my patience with never ending and painfully prolonged conversations between characters. May 11, Anj seaweed books rated it liked it. After the abomination that was the T. V serial 'Karnsangini' which was loosely based on this book, I was a bit hesitant going into it but I soon realized that the book was completely different and way better than the typical 'saas-bahu' drama the makers of the serial had turned it into.
Don't scoff. I had to give the show a shot. That comparison, however, does no good when you look at the book individually. This book is supposed to be a retelling of the Mahabharata through the eyes of Uruvi, Karn After the abomination that was the T. This book is supposed to be a retelling of the Mahabharata through the eyes of Uruvi, Karna's wife, if you hadn't guessed from the title already. Uruvi's character has substance but once she marries Karna, her character just turns into another convenient way of narrating Karna's story. Agreed that Uruvi is never mentioned in the original Mahabharata, but it is vital that the readers understand the turmoil the character is going through.
The story has to revolve around the main character, who happens to be Uruvi in this case. It focused more on Karna. I've read 'Sita's Sister' one of Kavita Kane's other books and there, the third person narrative was very aptly used. Not so much. This book offers a good portrayal of Karna, a man who was righteous, yet aided adharma throughout his life. Just a person present at the wrong place at the wrong time aiding the wrong people. Again, the vastraharan scene becomes a moot point. This was the part where Uruvi was furious regarding Karna openly insulting Draupadi in the Rajysabha.
I talked about my issue with Uruvi being turned into a link who very conveniently connected the different incidents in the story, but one fact can't be denied. Her arguments were all so solid, precise and more importantly, fierce. Kunti, however disappointed me by justifying all the wrong things. Kavita did a great job offering arguments against the wrongdoings of Karna through one of the characters. In such retelling of the epics, it becomes mandatory to include strong opinions on injustices done to several characters, something I found to be abundant in this book, which is a good thing.
Only when I was reading this book did I finally realise how very calculated the steps taken by the characters were. None of them, including Karna, were perfect. Each one had a role to play in the events that lead to the war. That's exactly why I'm drawn to this epic and I'll never get tired of reading the story from the perspective of different characters. I would have given this book a higher rating had it treated Uruvi as more than a person who was there for the sole purpose of making valid arguments and a source of commentary. This was not what I expected it to be, but insightful nonetheless.
Oct 17, Aditi rated it it was amazing. I saw this book at a book store and I just couldn't take my eyes of it. The name and the cover of the book was literally stuck in my head. I decided to buy the book later, but in those days I couldn't stop myself from thinking about the book and Urvi. When I read the book I realised that there are many characters in Mahabharata that have played a very vital role in the war but have never been in the limelight.
The story is about A Kshatriya princess, Urvi who gets married to Karna,the son of I saw this book at a book store and I just couldn't take my eyes of it. The story is about A Kshatriya princess, Urvi who gets married to Karna,the son of the Surya and Kunti but was abandoned by the mother at the time of the birth and later adopted by a lowly charioteer.
The story revolves around how Urvi struggled and fought against the society for her love for Karna. It also shows that the right and Wrong is actually the same side of the coin and it all depends on how we understand the situation. I couldn't not help but just admire Urvi for what she had been through all her life. Jan 01, Shinrinyoku rated it did not like it Shelves: run-of-the-mill. This book is horrible. Uruvi kept supporting Karna even though he was wrong. And he shouldn't have been forgiven for the Vastraharana incident.
No one should be forgiven neither the Pandavas nor the Kauravas or the so-called elders. Disclaimer: I found the following message on WhatsApp and it's so brilliant that I've decided to post it here. I recently heard about a TV Serial based on this book and decided to give it a shot. This novel is golden compared to that show. The show bears no similarity to book other than adding Uruvi in the mix. Arjun is portrayed as a spoiled prince which isn't wrong because of his upbringing but he does have morals which Karn seriously lacks.
Most in the show keep singing praises of Karna even when he is at fault. He is downright arrogant, rude and his attitude begs to give him a good thrashing. Uruvi is shown as a charioteer, is extremely preachy and thinks she and Karn can do no wrong. I stopped watching after watching 12 episodes. Please don't watch it. Jan 06, Raja Subramanian rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , books-owned. Retelling a known story comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. It appears to me that there are more challenges in attempting to retell a known story than in telling one's own original story.
When retelling a known story, the inevitable comparisons spring up sometimes shadowing the inherent ability to simply enjoy the story. And when someone attempts retelling a story from an epic such as the Mahabharata, the reactions are likely to be polarized - either one enjoys it immensely or does Retelling a known story comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. And when someone attempts retelling a story from an epic such as the Mahabharata, the reactions are likely to be polarized - either one enjoys it immensely or does not like it.
Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen by Kavita Kane narrates the story of parts of a mega epic that involves a much loved hero Karna through the eyes of his wife, Uruvi. Mahabharata is a rich epic with so many threads in the story line that can offer many different perspectives seen through the eyes of different characters. Much of the available perspectives have been through the male characters. Only recently, one had a unique perspective of Mahabharata through the eyes of one of the main female characters - Panchali or Draupadi - in the book Palace of Illusions.
Now we have another unique perspective from Uruvi, the wife of Karna. Many of us perhaps know little or nothing about Karna's wives, family life and children. Not many of us would easily remember Vrushali Karna's first wife and their 7 children! Uruvi falls in love with Karna starting with a recurring dream and then seeing him almost steal the thunder from the Pandavas at a martial arts contest at Hastinapur meant to showcase the skills of the Pandavas. She chooses Karna at her Swayamvar much to the chagrin of nearly all attendees. We all know about Karna's angst against his biological parents who abandoned him as an infant, angst against the society that places caste over merit, and his craving for acceptance and respect as a formidable warrior.
Uruvi's perspective on Karna's angst, turmoil, aspirations, etc. Uruvi comes across as bright, vivacious, articulate, and with high emotional intelligence. Karna is her whole world. She has immense love for Karna, but cannot easily come to terms with his role in the shameful disrobing of Draupadi. She sees that Karna's blind allegiance to Duryodhan is disastrous, but cannot convince Karna to act differently. She is feisty enough to strongly articulate her views in arguments with Krishna, Bheeshma and Kunti and strip away their apparent pretenses.
We all know the main story. So there are no surprises here. We all know that in Mahabharata there are no characters who are purely good and purely evil. Uruvi's perspective brings out with surprising clarity and distinction the various important personalities with their own shades of gray. Thank you, Kavita, for this wonderful book. I look forward to your next book. Personally, I hope that the next one stays away from epics and mythology, so that you are not typecast as a single-genre writer!
I will buy all your future books and read them - for I see immense promise in you as a versatile author! To him, who lived his life with pride in those who gave him life and raised him, his life was not his own. For some reason, that impudent and timid man is so bright to me. It may be blasphemy against my father but, occasionally, I feel that sweet light is the warmth of the sun. It was not the fire of the sun that Karna carried nor the absolute brilliance of Surya; to Karna, the sun was the imperfect charm that humans displayed.
Indra, who saw the divinity of Surya himself in that form, gave Karna his spear. He had taken from this noble hero something greater than his life. Unless he gave something as compensation, his honor would be stained; above all—he was charmed with him: if it were this man, he could wield the greatest spear, that Indra had not given even to his own son. After Karna sent off the Brahmin and having lost his armor flesh , he headed to the battlefield, as thin as a ghost. The final battle with Arjuna. Karna was already without allies; his charioteer, whom he trusted with his body, was already an enemy, in collusion with the Pandavas.
He had a large number of heavy burdens, his feelings towards his younger half-brothers. Due to his curse, the wheel of Karna's chariot was stuck in a rut. The string of Arjuna's bow was drawn back to its limits. These brothers who, for a long time, were manipulated by an unseen destiny to compete for supremacy, could only in this moment strike one another with all their might and sure enough, Arjuna's bow shot down the sun. It is said that after his death, Karna became one with his father Surya.
Called "the Hero of Generosity," he was a saint with the creed of not refusing when people came to ask or rely on him. The hero who, while possessing exceedingly high abilities, was within a tragedy where he was the enemy of his brothers by blood, received various curses, and lost his life without showing his true worth—that is Karna. This is a digression, but it is impossible to determine if Arjuna knew the truth that Karna was his older brother or not.
It seems the only people who definitely knew that Karna was Kunti's son were Karna and Kunti, Krishna, and the sun god Surya. He is described as a young man with long and white unkempt hair that almost appear transparent. His gaze is said to be sharp like a steel blade with the red stone buried in his chest similarly projecting an enthralling lustrousness. It is also specified that what draws the eye more than anything else is the set of golden armor that he has become fused with, giving off a divine radiance.
While every single part is said to be beautiful in its own right, once combined with Lancer they exude far more ferocity than attractiveness. His personality is cold and unforgiving. Although conversing with him may give the impression that he is indecisive and somewhat boring, in reality he is always deep in thought and has a loyal heart.
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Due to this characteristic, he does not really have negative emotions such as hatred and jealousy. Possessing a strong will and a strong heart, he was the Hero of Charity who had never resented a single person despite experiencing all kinds of misfortune. He was a man who had given things special than anyone else, but never once was treated special himself. Neither proud nor arrogant, he was a hero who merely carried out a way of life that would not shame the name of his father from the moment he was born to when he was finally shot down.
Lancer would follow the orders of his Master with no particular objections. On the other hand, Lancer is to put in the simplest term: a soldier. When commanded, he behaves as though the very concept of defiance does not exist. To the Lancer of Red, there is no liking or disliking to an order that has been given to him, to the point he will just ignore to consider how said order relates to the situation, as only the fact that he serves the Master who summoned him is what is really important.
In other words, he does not raise objections about orders, as those thoughts have already been removed from his mind. Even so, he shows some small doubts regarding the elimination of Ruler given her task to preside over the war, but he convinces himself that as defeating a Ruler would be a very difficult endeavor, that makes all the more reason why would be worth fighting her.
He has no wish for the Holy Grail , but he desires to battle Saber of Black once more and to save his Master. Not even gaining a second life and taking form in the present era will change our faith! Shirou orders Lancer to eliminate Ruler as he views her to be his biggest obstacle to his plans. Lancer then faces Ruler on a highway, heading towards Trifas , where the Grail War will take place. Ruler is able to easily discern Lancer's identity, and also understand quite well that he possesses a pure and noble character.
Lancer without hesitation draws out his spear, intending to kill Ruler in a single attack. While Gordes attempts to have both Ruler and Saber to fight Lancer fail, Lancer declares that he had no issue with facing both Servants simultaneously. Is victory the only thing you care for? How despicable - though I suppose that is also one form of warfare. It makes little difference to me. Ruler however refuses to participate in the battle, due to her role as the Ruler, leaving Saber of Black and Lancer to face each other alone. However, Saber is able to keep up with Lancer, due to his Noble Phantasm negating many of his attacks.
Lancer and Saber to realize their similarities and recognize each other as worthy opponents. They battle until dawn and when they leave, they promise to battle once more. Lancer later participates in the first large battle between the Red and Black Factions. He faces Lancer of Black , the commander of Servants of Black. Lancer of Black is able to match Lancer of Red's abilities with the advantage he gets from being in his territory and using his Noble Phantasm, Kazikli Bey , to an extremely dangerous degree.
Lancer of Red battles Lancer of Black, this time being far superior due to Lancer of Black no longer being in his own territory. The Servants of both factions temporarily unite to eliminate this new threat, with their abilities boosted by the recently arrived Ruler's Command Spell. However, just when victory seems to near, all of the Servants of Red suddenly collapse, due to their contracts transferred from their original Masters to Shirou, who made the Masters of Red give him their Command Spells.
Shirou also destroys the Nameless Vampire and reveals himself to be the Ruler of the previous war. Caster of Black also joins them, believing the Red Faction to be far more helpful to his goals, while Archer of Black and Ruler leave. Lancer is later shown alongside the other Servants of Red, discussing with Shirou about the contracts of their alliance. Lancer agrees to help Shirou and do as he commands, on the condition of being allowed to face Saber of Black, now residing in the body of a homunculus named Sieg , again, which Shirou agrees with. In order to give Rider the opportunity to destroy the defenses of the Gardens, Sieg engages Lancer alone, transforming into the Saber of Black.
During their battle, Lancer notices Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia and interrupts the battle to talk with him. He asks Caules to take the former Masters of Red to safety, wanting to protect them out of honor. Caules agrees in return of Lancer promising to not kill Sieg if he defeats him. After this, Lancer and Sieg continue their battle, with the former telling the latter that he will give his all due to his promise to Saber of Black. In their battle, Lancer utilizes his full abilities, using all of his Noble Phantasms.
In the end, he finally uses his strongest Noble Phantasm, Vasavi Shakti , that forces him to give up his armor in return for gaining the incredibly powerful spear used by Indra , the King of Gods himself. However, the attack is blocked by Rider of Black, who uses Akhilleus Kosmos , a Noble Phantasm given by Rider of Red, that creates an entire world as a shield.
Using this opportunity, Sieg attacks Lancer of Red and delivers the final blow to him. Sieg shows his respect by saying that it wasn't his victory alone and that even if they were enemies, Karna treated him as a person. Karna responds that's normal for a Heroic Spirit, showing his considerate character and saying to Sieg that he won because he is a living person with a goal, unlike a shadow from the past like him.
We are no more than shadows from the past, you people living in the future, no matter the Heroic Spirit We fought in the past for the sake of this future. Lancer then warns Sieg about Jeanne being in danger as she is about to face her worst possible matchup, Caster of Red. Once Karna starts to fade, Astolfo pays Lancer his respects, as he was the Hero of Charity who behaved like a true Servant until the very end.
Despite being defeated, Lancer is satisfied by his fate, having been given a chance to face a worthy opponent and fulfill his promise to Saber of Black and save his original Master in the process, so he dissapears with a smile asking Astolfo to take care of Sieg. Though she was technically disqualified during the early rounds, Jinako stayed within her room and avoided deletion because the system would not delete participants in that location.
She was still ultimately doomed once the Holy Grail War would be completed and everything besides the winner was to be deleted, so Karna gave her his armor to allow her to return to the real world due to the nature of the sun overwhelming that of the moon. They were brought into the Far Side by BB along with the other remaining Masters but Jinako is one of the few masters who retained their servants. It was generally thought by others that Karna is a Lancer class.
Hakuno Kishinami can interact with Karna only when Hakuno enters Jinako's room. When Hakuno Kishinami picked up the fragment data, a confused Jinako ran away somewhere in Sakura's Labyrinth. She recovered parts of her memories and complained about Karna's late rescue. Karna could not fully materialize himself due to lack of mana. Julius B. When Hakuno and the servant faced Karna for the first time in the 10th floor, Karna overpowers them.
Jinako reveals that Karna has been placed under a special class known as Launcher. Karna expressed that he is grateful of Monji Gatou when he sacrifice himself to save Jinako. As a loyal servant, he fight Hakuno's servant. After his defeat, he can be encounter in Jinako's room. Before the school was deleted, Jinako was hiding in her room with Karna.
Jinako screams as she thinks she is about to die again. Karna revealed to Jinako that she didn't die in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War and she was saved thanks to his golden armour. Surprised with this statement, Jinako asked why he didn't say anything. Karna said he was waiting for the right timing and asked if Jinako wants to return to the real world. Jinako cries out saying she wants to return. Listening to her answer, Karna was happy that he interfered for her sake. Karna draws out his spear and cuts the space leading them to a different area, an exit for Jinako. Jinako notices Karna's body to fade and he says to Jinako that regardless of breaking Moon Cell's rule, this would be his fate.
Jinako ask why he is willing to save her and Karna replies that he serves her regardless of what kind of person she is. As Jinako cries, Karna ask if he did anything wrong and Jinako says nothing is wrong but she claims Karna to be an over protective father. Jinako thanks Karna for what he done for her and bids farewell before she made Karna depressed.
Karna starts flying away and wishes Jinako to live and he believes that there is someone waiting for her out there before disappearing. Gawain fought against Meltlilith and Passionlip when they invaded the school. When the fight appears at a disadvantage, Karna helps Gawain. They teamed up and cut down Passionlip. Karna returns as a playable character. PH summoned him. If questioned by others regarding Tamamo's cruel personality as a ruler, he see through her, and claims she is just a girl in love. So long as she is with Hakuno, her path will be the right one. He eventually does fight Nero, but she defeats him.
Karna enters the throne room, having heard Hakuno has awoken, and wished introduce himself. Tamamo introduces him as one of her generals, praising him highly. The next day, Karna reports Nero's forces have yet to conquer Mare Mellum entirely. He calls the unclaimed sectors, Neutral Sectors, and advises seizing them before the enemy does.
When Alter's forces arrive, Karna, Medusa, and Lu Bu struggle against them to prevent conquering more of Tamamo's territories. He later reports to Tamamo that an enemy Servant destroy territory he was guarding. Reaffirming the enemy Servant will destroy everything, he reveals they've established a base in Mare Origo. He continues that so long as that Servant is there, the enemy will have the advantage in firepower. He puts their chances of defeating the Servant at fifty-fifty if they can get to him.
He then reveals the enemy Servant to be Gilgamesh. After Tamamo returns from defeating Gilgamesh, Karna reports Gilgamesh's defeat saved a portion of Mare Luxuria from his bombardments. He advises Tamamo to use the Regalia to see all of SE. PH, where upon she realizes Altera's forces are attacking on two fronts. He confirms that while Gilgamesh was bombarding Mare Luxuria, another force was attacking Tamamo's territories. He continues Lu Bu is currently pursuing that other force.
After Tamamo tells him and Medusa to rest, Karna praises Mare Luxuria for its flowers and revelry, and says he's honestly had wonderful time before leaving. Karna, along with Tamamo and Medusa, invades Mare Origo. He later fights Altera, and his defeat forces Tamamo's remaining forces to retreat. The next day, he helps defend Mare Luxuria against Altera's forces, but he's defeated again. During the invasion, he faces off against Gawain, but he's forced to retreat when Nero helps Gawain. Later he fights Nero again, but she forces him to retreat once again.
He reveals the invasion was to test the strength of Nero's forces, and also to stop Lu Bu's rampage. He also tells Hakuno that there's another of them at Tamamo's side, and realizes they aren't surprised by his words. Karna then decides to stay in Mare Aurum to watch Nero's deeds. During the meeting between Nero and Tammamo and their generals, Karna is surprised by the speed by which Altera's forces are conquering SE. He also commends Gawain's combat prowess during their battle.
test.galenachamber.com/why-diets-dont-work-topics-in-health.php He is impressed Nero was able to get the gods to alongside her. Karna is one of the Servants who serve under Thomas Edison , as a part of the American army that battles against the Celtic army. They, however, manage to escape, thanks to Geronimo's help. Sometime later, after Ritsuka Fujimaru's party convinces Edison to join them, Karna is made one of the leaders of the southern army. He can be also summoned under the Archer and Rider classes. Shirou highly regards Lancer's abilities that can even rival against Lancer of Black , who has a fame boost in Romania. Lancer of Red greatly exceeds Lancer of Black in terms of skill.
Based on his strength in life, the great hero Karna was truly exceptional. Even if his fame was equal to zero, as long as his legend existed somewhere in the world, Karna was unmistakably a great hero. He will not be deceived by excuses and deceptions from words. It expresses the power to grasp the true nature of the opponent possessed by Karna, who was blessed with the opportunity to inquire about the life and value of the weak due to being someone without a single relative.
The Heroic Spirit Karna was unmistakably top class. His Magical Energy consumption as a Servant, however, is quite bad as his skills and Noble Phantasms consume an extraordinary amount of Magical Energy, to which Lancer finds it quite troublesome. He can't maintain his Mana Burst Flames for more than ten seconds with his golden armor continuously active, along with the divine spear he wields. This Divine Spirit aptitude exhibits high defensive power in regards to sun deity-lineage's Heroic Spirits of Divinity B or lower. He can instantly bring his spear, a form of bluish-white light appears and it seemed to penetrate through Lancer's right hand.
Lancer's spear is a massive length of iron, which he utilizes its sharp tip and immense weight to bring about destruction. Lancer's spear-work does justice to Karna, whose name has echoed in every corner of the world. It is all the more impossible to fully receive the constant attacks of a spearman that has stepped so far into the domain of Gods.
His spear roared, cleaving the air apart, and his every thrust was like cannon fire, throwing out roaring gusts. Lancer's destructive force comes from his immense physical strength and his transcendent technique. Lancer's spear possesses power proportionate to an A-rank attack, even without being activated as a Noble Phantasm. It had been stated that in his fight with Saber of Black that Saber should have had his arms torn off and eyeballs gouged out from Lancers strikes had it not been for Saber's Noble Phantasm. It does not even need to be said that Lancer and his spear holds the advantage in terms of range.
The head of the weapon alone is easily over one meter in its fearsome length. However, having a wider range naturally slows the speed of attack. A small amount of time is lost with every thrust as the spear must be pulled back. The armor he wears is an absolute defensive Noble Phantasm that possessed the radiance of the sun, granted to him by the gods. It could protect against stakes, blades, hammers, or any kind of attack, regardless of whether it was physical or magical. In his fight against Lancer of Black, Karna easily matched the thousand stakes.
Without paying any care to the stakes that stabbed countless times all over his body, from his feet to his right shoulder to his left flank to his elbow, neither his movements nor his strength changed at all. They were reduced to mere scratches that he could heal while fighting. However attacks from within his body were a single exception, but he was able to even ignore those by the sheer force of will of his fighting spirit.
However, when receiving the effect of the golden armor Noble Phantasm, it will not be limited to this. His figure driving a war chariot and running across the battlefield is depicted in the Mahabharata. Its rank is high enough to have aptitude for the Rider Class.
To the opponents, the rank of his sword, spear, bow, Riding and Divinity appears to be one degree lower than what it actually is. If his true name is revealed, this effect will be terminated. Karna is a high class Heroic Spirit said to be on par with Gilgamesh. Vasavi Shakti is listed as his only Noble Phantasm, however Kavacha and Kundala , Brahmastra , and Brahmastra Kundala are counted as skills in the game.
Jinako is below average in ability and unable to supply him with a proper amount of energy, so he can only materialize his spear briefly and normally uses his fists. Having given his armor, Kavacha and Kundala, to Jinako, he is forced to materialize Vasavi Shakti at great cost to himself. With this skill, each sword, spear, bow, Riding, and Divinity skill would be brought down one rank, with the attributes being displayed as their complete opposites. Karna also calls it Super Karna. A true hero kills with his eyes! Arco Wada said the original design by pako was too complex to reproduce a 3D model, especially the flaming cape, so the design was changed but she kept the same impression as much as possible.
He was designed by Kinoko Nasu and illustrated by pako. According to the opponent sword, spear, bow, riding, and divinity's ranks all appear one rank lower than they actually are. After the True Name is revealed the effect disappears. In Karna's case burning flames turn into magical energy that infuse the weapon. After death, he unified with Surya, making Karna one who possesses the highest Divine Spirit aptitude. High defensive power is shown. Emitting the radiance of the sun, the armor is a strong defensive Noble Phantasm.
As it is an existence formed from light even gods find it difficult to destroy. It has become one with Karna's body. It is a bow if his class is Archer, in other classes it manifests as a projectile. Granted Karna's fiery attribute, one blow is likened to a nuclear weapon. A spear of mortality made out of lightning. Manifested by converting the golden armor, in exchange of a tremendous defensive power, a spear with a powerful "anti-god" performance is equipped. The rival of Arjuna, the central hero of the Mahabharata, as well as his half-brother by a different father.
Upon becoming unable to move due to many curses, he was brought down by Arjuna in a manner similar to deliberate murder. However, right after being born, he was abandoned by Kunti and raised as the son of a coachman. Still, his attributes as a hero are not the kind of thing that can remain hidden. Level 3 Bond After casting away Karna, his mother Kunti gave birth to the five sons of the Pandu royal house. The third among them is Arjuna, someone who would become a lifelong rival for Karna. Upon growing old, Karna became an adopted child of the Kuru House that was antagonic to the Pandu House.
Level 4 Bond However, there were too many curses and obstacles before Karna could fight Arjuna. Receiving a curse from Brahman, deceived by Indra, forced to swear to not fight anyone other than Arjuna in response to the appeal of his mother Kunti; but even still Karna accepted everything. Level 5 Bond From the anecdotes of handing over his armor to Indra, Karna is entrusted to a god-slaying spear by dismantling, tearing up and discarding the golden armor.
A spear of light that even the king of gods was not able to handle properly. The single strike released by peeling off his whole body and being dyed in blood purges all sorts of impurities. Interlude Karna is a highly tolerant Servant who accept all matters as "that is also valid". He is impartial to all people and, also, honors all people as "their own respective flowers". Possessessing martial prowess and noble mentality there were never openly recognized due to many prejudices, Karna contends for highest place among all Servants even on the matter of character. I believe this to be an unlikely argument, but if there is a Master who cannot win even after forming a contract with this Servant, that would be a human with top-ranking hopeless nature, unsuited for combat.
As proof of being the son of Surya, he was given a golden armor that granted invulnerability. However, Kunti abandoned Karna and became the queen of King Kuru. Not knowing who his mother was, Karna grew up with a low social status. However, he soon made his existence known to the world by becoming the honored guest of the Royal House Kauravas, who were hostile to King Kuru.
Karna participated in the wars around the borders and fought on an equal footing with Arjuna, son of Kunti and Thunder God Indra.