Karna's Wife : The Outcast's Queen
    Karna's Wife : The Outcast's Queen (English, Paperback, Kavita Kane)

    Karna's Wife : The Outcast's Queen  (English, Paperback, Kavita Kane)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Rupa Publications India
    • ISBN: 9788129120854, 8129120852
    • Edition: 2013
    • Pages: 295
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    Flipkart Official Review

    A lot has been written on the Mahabharata. From various perspectives, each author telling the story of one central character. And then there are authors like Kane who speak of the lesser known people, in this case the wife of Karna – Kunti’s son – the outcast, who was only accepted by Duryodhana.

    Uruvi – the central character in this novel speaks of Karna – the unsung hero. She also speaks of herself, of her relationships with his family, and the way he is. The writing is crisp and to the point in most parts, while in others, the description is too much to handle.

    Kane has a keen eye of the incidents that occurred in the Mahabharata and weaves in her story quite cleverly in the narrative. Historical fiction is not written a lot in the country as it should. Books such as these will sure change the trend. A must read to not only know more about the epic battle but also a different point of view.



    A classic retelling of the Mahabharata from the unique perspective of Karna's wife Uruvi, who is witness to the twists and turns of Karna's fate and his role in the Divine plan.

    Summary Of The Book

    Published in 2013, Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen is a unique novel in the genre of magic realism that tells parts of the Mahabharata through the eyes of Uruvi, the wife of Karna, who is the unsung hero of the Epic tale.

    The novel begins with her story, an accomplished Kshatriya princess who chooses Karna, the 'sutaputra', over Arjun, an antithesis of Draupadi's choice. A bright, witty and intelligent women completely in love with Karna, the novel traces her struggles and travails, coming to terms with Karna's socially inferior position and her own title as the 'Outcast's Queen'. How she uses her wit and intelligence to be accepted into his family is evocatively demonstrated. Slowly, she becomes Karna's mainstay, the one he comes to for advice and solace, and yet, she is helpless in the face of his wilful and blind obedience to Duryodhana. She stands behind him and is his true support when the entire world had turned against him, through a series of cruel misfortunes and turns of fate.

    The entire story of Karna and Uruvi unfolds against the larger backdrop of the Kurukshetra war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Karna’s fierce loyalty to Duryodhana, Duryodhana’s constant love for Karna, his birth entirely shrouded in mystery and Karna’s associations with the Pandavas and Draupadi, these are all some of the themes explored in this novel. Karna's character is also deeply fleshed out, his role as a son, father, husband, friend, warrior and devotee. Uruvi is a silent witness to the strength and valour of Karna, his immeasurable love for Krishna and the unfortunate end he meets with.

    The novel has received good reviews from readers around the world as being a unique recasting of an old story in a fresh and new form. Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen is recommended for anyone interested in Mythology.

    About Kavita Kane

    Kavita Kane is a novelist and journalist and currently works as the Features Editor of Pune Mirror.

    She is a post-graduate in English literature and Mass Communications. She is a mother of two teenage daughters and currently lives in Pune.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2013 August
    • Book Type
      • Fiction Book
    • Authored By
      • Kavita Kane
    • Author Info
      • Kavita Kane is a postgraduate in English Literature from Punes Fergusson College, Kavita also has a postgraduation degree in mass communication and journalism from the University of Pune, besides a diploma in French language and literature from the same university. An avid lover of cinema and theatre, she works as a journalist and is currently the features editor of Pune Mirror, a publication of the Times Group.
    • Width
      • 5 inch
    • Height
      • 8 inch
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    A Must Read - Amazing

    We all know Karna as the greatest and may be the only true warrior. This gives insight into the man he was and how a man followed by misfortune and insults never let that come in between his karma. A man who had all the qualities which each of his five real brothers were known whether it was the Dharma, Might, Mastery, Skill and Intelligence, yet he had a cruel and unfortunate end.

    This story from the view of Uruvi, an able and true princess who left everything to be besides the man she tho...

    K Bipin Murali

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    23 Sep, 2013

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    Karna's Wife

    Amazing story telling!!! For a first time writer, Kavitha Kane has done a fab job. The storytelling is compelling and the last few chapters will get you very emotional.

    Only a Woman could have expressed the feelings of Uruvi, the protagonist and it is very touching.

    A must read!!

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    24 Oct, 2013

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    Firstly, I complement Kavita Kane for the rare subject she has chosen. She being the journalist, the style is smooth. The dialogues she has given to rise is appealing. I asked many a person to tell me the name of wife of Karna and no one could reply. I have to tell them, "she is Urivi". The wonderful character, audacity, practical approach she has, have been delineated in her novel. Every detail of Mahabharata she related we have read and correlated to her writing. Especially, the last c...


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    21 Feb, 2014

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    A refreshing read!

    Karna's wife: The Outcasts's Queen - is a book which tells the story of Mahabharata, but from the viewpoint of Uruvi, with Karna as the main character. Uruvi is described in this novel as the second wife of Karna but I doubt that name can be seen anywhere in the Mahabharata. The deliberate misnomer in the title sets the tune perfectly for Uruvi's story.

    Almost every character from the Mahabharata is mentioned at least once in this novel. It is indeed refreshing to reread the great epic again...

    Hrishi Kesav

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    24 Sep, 2013

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    this book is filled with contradictory characters

    this book is at best a women's fiction novel based loosely on some characters of the Great epic. it is simplistic and would make a good Mills & boons novel. the author tries to give the characters depth but they fall flat due to their contradictions. the love angle between Draupadi and Karna is over played and Draupadi is made to look like a woman of loose and fickle character which is i didn't appreciate. when an author is basing his or her story on famous and revered characters of a great...

    Marsha D'souza

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    15 Oct, 2015

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    The Mahabharata is a veritable Ocean. And Karna has been that diamond tarnished and tossed about by its endless waves. Kavita Kane capitalises on the innate depth of the Epic itself to narrate a version through the eyes of this unfortunate man's wife - a being whose existence no one would have otherwise considered. While there are some errors that might be overridden, the central theme of the book is very realistically portrayed with waves of emotion freely flowing - and crashing - around. Fo...

    Ajit Kanale

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    3 Aug, 2014

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    A very good book

    I always believed that Karna was a very important protagonist of Mahabharatha and was eager to read more about him. This book proves extremely useful and is well written.

    Mahadevan N S

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    23 Jul, 2014

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    plz dnt buy it

    plz dnt buy and read it . kavita kene write whatever she want. basically she wrote whole Mahabharata, she did not portray karna well, it disappointed me

    Piyali Mondal

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    1 Jul, 2014

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    Karna's Wife

    To Start with, I was pretty excited to read this book as i wanted more details on the Mahabaratha and in particular Karna and Arjuna's Rivalry.
    The Book starts off with a good pace, giving us a lot of insights, then its too slow and boring, you may also want to skip a few pages as well as they are not even connected. the end part is again interesting.

    So Overall I feel if the pace was handled better the book, it would have been a good read. On the other side, imagination of a character lik...

    Hemanth Gajula

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    22 Apr, 2014

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    A brilliant attempt

    There have been different perspectives of the one of the worlds greatest story ever told. Be it Karna (Mrityunjay by Shivaji Sir), Bheem (Lone Warrior by Vasudevan Sir), Draupadi (Palace of Illusions by Madam Chitra).. All these characters play an important part in the main plot and most of their characters, anecdotes, episodes and saga are in the Mahabharat. However, this different attempt portraying the perspective of Karna's wife's eye is a brilliant attempt. Nothing much is known about Ur...

    Veda Siddharth

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    15 Feb, 2014

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