Karna's Alter Ego
Surendra Mohanty

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This is the story of a man named Vasu, who is a multi-talented person, but luck does not seem to be on his side. As the story progresses, Vasu grows from a boy of 12 to a man of 46, but at every crossroad, he faces rejections and failures. His fate is much like Karna, the heroic character from the Mahabharata, who suffered failures despite all his talents.

At the age of 12, Vasu learns that his birth is as ignominious as that of Karna, and begins to identify himself with Karna. Misfortunes continue to follow Vasu wherever he goes, and Karna mysteriously appears to him after every debacle to encourage and guide him.

There are obvious parallels in the lives of Vasu and Karna. Both are born illegitimate; Vasu is spurned in love just as Karna had been rejected by Draupadi at her swayamvar; Vasu tells a lie to help a poor man qualify for a job and Karna had told a lie to Parashurama to earn the guru’s tutelage; Vasu misses the medal in Asian Equestrian games due to foul play by a rival while Karna had missed contesting in the Royal tournament at Hastinapur due to aspersions on his low caste. At one time, Vasu’s mother donates her kidney for a noble cause which Vasu finds akin to Karna donating his Kavach and Kundal, and at another time Vasu inadvertently falls prey to gambling which Karna finds akin to Yudhishthira gambling away his entire kingdom including his wife.

In the endgame, Vasu is faced with a life and death situation – the aircraft in which is travelling is being hijacked by terrorists – which is strikingly similar to Karna’s final battle against Arjuna. Will Vasu finally turn the table in his favour, will he succeed in foiling the hijack bid or will he, like his idol, go down fighting?

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Geetha Krishnan

Excellently written story. Karna talking like Master Yoda could have been avoided. Otherwise, it is an interesting and intriguing read.

Dec 03 '15
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Varun Prabhu

The story is great. The first chapter was a little tedious to read, what with the longish paragraphs and all, but the next two chapters were interesting. Some proofreading and editing will make this book something to look out for.

Oct 08 '15
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Aviral Singh

Although the story seems to be well planned, there is something missing due to which I had to drag myself to read the entire manuscript. IT requires effort to maintain attention. Also, the intent of a love story in such a book didn't go well with my palate. However can't judge the Author solely on this work. Write more..!

Aug 09 '15
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Surendra Mohanty

Thanks, That's the general feeling. The book, it seems, is slow in pace. I agree.

Aug 09 '15
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Remesh

How did you manage to get a forwards from Ruskin Bond!! I wish the chapters were a bit shorter. It's an interesting plot.I am intrigued to see how the plot unfolds.

Jul 20 '15
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pandustar

Creatively it is top notch, however it is not interesting or gripping enough. To add to this, you have put in mostly everything into your summary and hence there is not much intrigue left in the remaining chapters.

Jun 24 '15
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Surendra Mohanty

Thank you for reading and reviewing my novel. The interesting chapters are towards the later half of the book, though I agree that the opening chapters should also be interesting.

Jun 25 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Karna is a fascinating character to write about and to have his parallel in the modern World, it is story wise a brilliant set up. I really like the way the parallels are being set up--similar but not same. The atmosphere and the details, especially in the first chapter where the harshness of an abusive household is highlighted, are very well done. My only suggestion is that the dialogues and the overall narrative can use a little bit of levity--it will make the reading experience much more interesting. All the best!

Jun 17 '15
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Surendra Mohanty

Thank you Runjhun.

Jun 18 '15
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Maneesha Nanda

Jun 17 '15
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Cloud Nine

Very well written book, impeccable style, simple words but sentences are structured very elegantly. Error free, though I noticed one mistake in the synopsis. I liked the style of Karna's dialogues - old style of speaking. The first chapter is a bit slow in pace, but after Karna makes his appearance, interest builds up. The last chapter is full of punch and excitement. The horse riding events appear so realistic. It is sad Vasu is always the loser, poor guy. I hope he wins in the end, if I have to guess from the synopsis. I feel intrigued and want to read the rest of the book.

Jun 11 '15
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Surendra Mohanty

Thanks for your encouraging review. Whether Vasu will finally win or lose, like his idol Karna, is a closely kept secret. Thanks again. - Surendra.

Jun 11 '15
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Deepak Kaul

Meticulously written but not interesting enough.

Jun 05 '15
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Surendra Mohanty

Thank you for reading and reviewing.

Jun 05 '15
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Maneesh

The theme could have worked better . It felt like reading an essay. The English is very Indian, with phrases that are purely Indian.

Jun 04 '15
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Surendra Mohanty

Thank you for taking the time to read my book, though I wonder why you feel that Indian English and Indian phrases are below par.

Jun 05 '15
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