Karna's Alter Ego

By Surendra Nath

Literary fiction, Young adult | Paperback, eBook


Karna, the ill-fated hero of ‘The Mahabharata’, was killed by Arjuna in the final battle. (Karna-Arjuna rivalry was much like Hector vs. Achilles.) 5000 years later, we have a man named Vasu, who is quite like Karna — born illegitimate, very talented but denied all credits in life, rejected in love. He begins to identify himself with Karna. Vasu misses a medal in the Asian games, gets caught for telling an innocent lie and is overlooked for promotion. And interestingly Karna appears to him after every debacle to assuage and encourage him. It seems Vasu is Karna’s alter ego; but will he, finally, break the jinx? Will he win the endgame? This is not a mythological tale but a contemporary take on mythology. "A work of fiction that tries to connect millennia past with our age, Surendra Nath’s ‘Karna’s Alter Ego’ deserves tributes that should go to imaginative handling of an unusual plot" — Manoj Das.


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Karna, the ill-fated hero of ‘The Mahabharata’, was killed by Arjuna in the final battle. (Karna-Arjuna rivalry was much like Hector vs. Achilles.) 5000 years later, we have a man named Vasu, who is quite like Karna — born illegitimate, very talented but denied all credits in life, rejected in love. He begins to identify himself with Karna. Vasu misses a medal in the Asian games, gets caught for telling an innocent lie and is overlooked for promotion. And interestingly Karna appears to him after every debacle to assuage and encourage him. It seems Vasu is Karna’s alter ego; but will he, finally, break the jinx? Will he win the endgame? This is not a mythological tale but a contemporary take on mythology. "A work of fiction that tries to connect millennia past with our age, Surendra Na...


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Surendra tries his hand at writing fiction off and on, but most of his short stories have remained unpublished, though a few have found their way into books and magazines. Karna’s Alter Ego is his first attempt at writing a full length novel. 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.


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Surendra tries his hand at writing fiction off and on, but most of his short stories have remained unpublished, though a few have found their way into books and magazines. Karna’s Alter Ego is his first attempt at writing a full length novel. 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 experi...


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