Karna, the ill-fated hero of Mahabharata. Many feel he deserved to win. If only luck had favored him… 5000 years later, we have a man named Vasu, who is much like Karna – born illegitimate, very talented but denied all credits in life, rejected in love, misses a medal in the Asian games, gets caught for telling an innocent lie, overlooked for promotion. He begins to identify himself with Karna, and interestingly Karna appears to him after every debacle to assuage and encourage him.
It seems Vasu is Karna’s alter ego.
What Novel laureates say about Karna’s Alter ego :
I have been wondering what the genre of this book is. Is it mythological? Or is it social, with a quotidian theme? Perhaps, spiritual or philosophical? Maybe, a thriller! It’s better you read it and find out for yourself.
Says Ruskin Bond
A work of fiction that tries to connect millennial past with our age, Surendra Nath’s Karna’s Alter Ego deserves tributes that should go to imaginative handling of an unusual plot.
Says Manoj Das, Padmashree
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