Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen: Book Review

Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen by Kavita Kane presents a very unique perspective in front of the readers. The book tells the story of Karna from the viewpoint of his wife, Uruvi. Karna is one of the most underrated characters in the epic of  Mahabharat. The book attempts to do that which hasn’t been done very frequently in our epics. It tells a story from the woman’s perspective. Uruvi despite being of Nobel birth and the wife of Karna is hardly ever spoken about. This book makes an attempt to change that.

The book is about how an accomplished Kshatriya princess falls in love with and dares to choose a sutaputra, Karna over Arjun. The book shows how Uruvi comes to terms with the social implications of her marriage and learns to use her love and intelligence to be accepted by Karna and his family. The story of Uruvi and Karna unfolds against the backdrop of the struggle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. As events build up leading to the great war of the Mahabharata, both their lives begin to change. The story shows the different faces of Karna, a benevolent king, a great father, a righteous man, and foremost, a loyal friend. But, Karna was a man who made all the wrong decisions because of his loyalty. Uruvi is a witness to the twists and turns of Karna’s fate; and how it is inextricably linked to divine design.

My Opinion

Karna’s wife is a must-read for any person who is interested in Indian mythology. The book provides a fresh perspective of the epic of Mahabharat and attempts to show you a different side of the whole story. It is a splendid saga from the pages of the Mahabharata. It brings its characters alive in all their majesty.

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