Thursday, 11 February 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Karna's Alter Ego by Surendra Nath


Karna, the ill-fated hero of Mahabharata. Many feel he deserved to win. If only luck had favoured him...

5000 years later, we have a man named Vasu, who is much like Karna – illegitimate birth, 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. 

BOOK REVIEW:- The story revolves around the protagonist Vasu.
Vasu is jinxed ,a person destined to lose,but his idol karna is always there to console him and prod him to carry on.The book is not a retelling of epic ;its rather viewing the incidents of those times through a different lens.

For Vasu it was dawn to remember ,at the age of twelve.he suddenly outgrew himself, when he learnt the truth about his birth,the truth about his parents.

The story is interesting & inspirational . I like the way author has narrated the story. 
The narration was flawless that will urge you to hooked the book till the end.
To believers karna is the legend of the past who visits Vasu.
It is a mixture of mythological , thriller spiritual , philosophical which you would love to read. 
I would rate this book 4.5 out  5 stars. 

Surendra tries his hand at writing fiction off and on. A few of his short stories have been published in books and magazines. 'Karna’s Alter Ego' is his first attempt at writing a full length novel. Earlier he wrote a novella that sank without a trace.

For a living, at 58, he runs after children in KiiT International School, and the strength needed for all this chasing, he draws from his previous experience in the defence forces. He also publishes a children’s magazine – 'Kloud 9'. He is the architect of a Children’s Lit Fest, that is into its third year now in 2015. 

Yes, he is married and lives happily with his wife and daughter at Cuttack. He has distant dreams of retiring as an author.

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