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Author: Ranjit Desai
Language: Marathi
Length: 280 pages
Publisher: Mehta Publishing House
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Radheya (Marathi) by Ranjeet Desai tells the tragic and heroic tale of Karna, one of the great heroes of the Mahabharata.

Summary Of The Book

In Radheya, author Ranjeet Desai explores the eternal of question of doing what is right versus carrying out one’s duty, told through the eyes of Karna. Set against the backdrop of the Mahabharata, Desai attempts to make readers aware that although winning is usually the goal in every war, one should also be ready to face defeat.

Through Radheya, readers will learn about Karna and the circumstances which earned him a memorable place in the Mahabharata. From early on, Karna was deprived of familial love. Throughout the course of his life, he suffered at the hands of others. He also felt discarded by his own mother Kunti and was also ridiculed by many because he was born in a lower class. Since Karna’s foundation years were so tumultuous, his immense strength was reduced and he often felt lonely.

Nevertheless, through Radheya readers can visualize the development of Karna’s individuality and how he came to earn the title of fearless warrior. This novel is essentially a written tribute to the hero Karna who fought against his own family members while remaining loyal to his friend. Through Karna’s decisions and actions, Desai brings to life the impending dualities of life such as victory and defeat, and doing what is expected versus doing what is right. Through Karna, Desai has tried to universalize the “karma katha”.

This text was originally written and published in Marathi, in 1976.

About Ranjeet Desai

Ranjeet Desai was an acclaimed Marathi writer, who hailed from Maharashtra, India.

During his lifetime, he had authored numerous short stories, collections, plays, and movie scripts. Some of these titles were Gandhali, Kamodini, Mekh Mogari, Sneha Dhara, and Raja Ravi Varma. He also wrote movie scripts like Rangalya Ratri Ashya, Nagin, and Sawal Maza Aika.

Desai was born in the township of Kowad which is located in the Kolhapur, Maharashtra. He received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to literature. These were the Maharashtra Rajya Award in 1963, Hari Narayan Apte award in 1963, Sahitya Akademi Award in 1963, and the Padma Shri in 1973. Ranjeet Desai passed away at the age of 63, in Mumbai.

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Specifications of Radheya (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher Mehta Publishing House
ISBN-10 8177667467
Edition 23rd Edition
Number of Pages 280 Pages
Publication Year 1973
Language Marathi
ISBN-13 9788177667462
Binding Paperback
Weight 300
Authored By Ranjit Desai
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Jul 1, 2012

best i ever read

this is the best book i ever read. we are familiar with mahabharat we don know the role of karna we have seen in it.
but this book will show the side of karna. we can say this book revolves around karna.

Jayesh Kulkarni

Jan 2, 2012

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Apritam Book , Aswsome, Best of the best I just love it

Ranjit sir Apratim Book "Radheya", I just love the way u have written, Guys you just can not stop once you start the book. its nice to read about Karn & it actually force you to think about "Radheya". After this book I just like Karn a lot.....


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Oct 16, 2013

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Apratim Pustak

If you are interested in in KARNA's life or you want to know about, read this book. Very interesting book


Jul 20, 2012

good one

the best explaination of emotions,freindship and loyalty handeled by the karna.

but if u prefer for more details from his life i will suggest go for "Mrutyunjay".

Harshavardhan Sakate

Jun 25, 2012

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About book...........

I got it a bit late. maybe 5 days. And i completed the book that very day. great book. But "Mrutyunjay" (Shivaji Sawant) is the best if you want to know better the mahabharata and KARNA. Hovever there is a spot on the book maybe of glue which disappointed me bcs I not only read a lot of books but I like to preserve them bcs i myself have a large library. Ayway, Pages and quality is perfect. Love u flipkart, ur the best.........

sumit aole

Jun 15, 2012


the man with most power amongst all . the 1st kunti putra......the only man to who has ability to beat arjuna,the man who is invincible with any shastra....the real friend ....and with most unfortunate end...long live karna in my heart
the writer wrote the best ever story of karna than the one in mrutyunjaya...the language was far better than mrutyunjaya....short book can read it very well good story and must learn many things from karna....

Rahul Sawant

Jun 3, 2012

Radheya is Not a real Karna ...

Please read mrutyunjay written by shivaji sawant . radheya is not a perfect story of karna . Some point in radheya about karna is wrong . Ranjeet Desai didnt study well compare to shivaji sawant .
radheya is not a perfect one . Mrutyunjay is a masterpiece.

Ameya Bhadkamkar

May 14, 2012


There are a few things that are not sculpted or made, they are created by the creator or an artist as the creations happen through him/her, by the virtue of the God's grace. Radheya is one such biography, a brilliant attempt to portray, arguably, the life of the greatest warrior ever to live on the Earth. A must buy, a must read and an ornament you should give your personal library, a chance to adorn.

This is my first full sledged read in the Marathi language. I am glad i started with this, on the persuasion of my mama. I have read 'Mrutyunjay' as well. This book is definitely at par, if not
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