Mrutyunjay Marathi Novel by Shivaji Sawant - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or view presentation slides online. Very famous marathi novel. It is actually a. Shivaji Sawant's Mrityunjaya is an outstanding instance of such a literary masterpiece in which a contemporary Marathi is there a pdf copy of such novel available on ay site???? . This book focus on Karna and his role in Mahabharata. Sawant, Shivaji Mrityunjaya: The Story of Karna (H Rs ) Marathi-Hindi/ page novel tr. by P. Lal & Nandini Nopany (See p.
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caite.infope: application/pdf caite.info: Sanskrit caite.info: Mrityunjaya The Death Conqueror caite.info: Print - Paper. Yugandhar in Hindi Mrityunjaya is an outstanding instance of such a literary masterpiece in which a contemporary Marathi novelist investigates the meaning of. Get this from a library! Mrityunjaya, the death conqueror: the story of Karna. [ Śivājī Sāvanta; P Lal; Nandini Nopany].
A wonderful read! Advanced Search Find a Library. Prefer the physical book? Interestingly, Samant brings a twist to Karna's much lauded generosity using this turmoil. Like this:
Thanks to an Indian version of Amazon www. And then I lived the phrase "lost in translation" right from the first sentence! However, despite the clunky phrases, I was able to translate it back to what it would have sounded like in Marathi in my head and enjoy the beauty of the book.
Even if you haven't read this book, even if your introduction to Karna is through the Mahabharata alone, you cannot help but feel empathy for the eldest son of Kunti. Mrityunjaya only deepens it. The book is written from the POV of six characters. Karna opens and takes us closer to the end of his story, interspersed with chapters by Kunti his mother , Duryodhana his best friend , Vrishali his wife , Shon his younger foster brother and a grand ending by the Lord, Sri Krishna himself.
Apart from indulging the semi-autobiography of a fictional figure, Sawant touches on one of the biggest realities of human society, one that has not changed since time immemorial. Even though the protagonist is really the son of the Sun-God himself and as radiant as him, the fact that he was fostered in the hut of a poor charioteer strikes out everything right he ever did in his life.
Sawant also takes a few liberties with the original, but the changes he makes only make the story more realistic. The characters of Vrishali and Shon for example, are given such appropriate voices, that you are left wondering whether Sawant had the fortune of stumbling upon some long lost letters written by them.
One revelation on her part would have brought back his lost glory and honour, although it is commonly believed that the war would have happened anyway. Some day! Despite the atrocities heaped upon him throughout his life, Karna grew to be an invincible warrior , a gentle and fair ruler of Anga after Duryodhana bestowed the title upon him , a loving husband, an indulgent brother, a loyal friend and above all the epitome of generosity.
So generous, that when a poor brahmin comes begging even as he lays dying, he breaks his golden teeth to give them away as alms! While you commend Karna for being a rebel and not succumbing to the unfair norms of the society, you hit upon the obvious flaw in the hero. His egotism. And if that shame, and the resultant blind loyalty to his lone supporter, Duryodhana was the result of his downfall.
The Mahabharata is an epic more complex than anyone can ever imagine. You can discuss, debate and argue about it until eternity, and yet cover only a fraction of it. View all 21 comments. View all 12 comments. One of the best book i have read after such a long time. I wanted to read this book for such a long time. This book focus on Karna and his role in Mahabharata.
Even though the legend of Mahabharata is well know, but the author's narration takes the reader to an uncharted journey. I like the writing style.
The author has chosen different characters Vrushali wife , Kunti mother , Duryodhana friend , Shon brother , Krishna to tell the tale of this great character, along with Karna's own version One of the best book i have read after such a long time.
The author has chosen different characters Vrushali wife , Kunti mother , Duryodhana friend , Shon brother , Krishna to tell the tale of this great character, along with Karna's own version of his own life. Shivaji Sawant tries to shed light on his tragedies and his unfortunate life with the use of captivating words. He beautifully describes the life of Karna - the ever compromising, stronger than everyone yet humble about it, rightfully a prince but denounced as a charioteer.
You can see how Duryodhana is just manipulating him. This book will leave you speechless and make your heart yearn for the life he lived. Each moment, each feeling, each thought of Surya-putra Karna is so amazingly described in this book. Words aren't enough to describe this book.
The unique style of writing where different characters tell the story from their perspective make the reading quite interesting. The character building and mindset of Karna has been described elegantly. The book has been translated in several languages Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Assamese, English and many more. I think even audio is there.
Highly Recommended. View all 18 comments. This is a tremendously well written book. Their wealthy and decadent lifestyle, which is over This is a tremendously well written book. View all 7 comments. In the humid summer of the Gangetic plains Kanpur the library the only oasis of certitude.
It was one of those days when our of sheer boredom from my technical subjects, I wandered off towards the 2nd floor s Back in I was a bachelors student of chemical engineering at IIT Kanpur. The book is a absolute gem. I couldn't get myself detached from it ever since. Graduation completed, had to leave IIT. Out of all things this book was rigging my imagination.
The book would at least be mine. Thought it over many times, but than better sense prevailed. I realized to do this heinous crime would be a sure undoing of the philosophy of this book, the purpose of it would have been defeated.
Let this book be a testimony to future generations of engineering students. Many could be besotted as me. Many years later, saw it's Hindi translation in Jabalpur railway station. I couldn't stop myself. Re-read the Hindi hindi version is as magical as the English one atleast 4- times. They all were as enthralled as me, wondering why didn't they read this before.
Now after so many years I see this English version available in www. Looking forward to reading the version I did back in as a teenager. View 1 comment. I think I mostly seem to end up reviewing Mahabharata retellings. That is my current favorite reading, and it reflects in my choices. Mrityunjaya is definitely one of the more profound retellings I have read.
It is on par with Parva. Unfortunately, I have been able to read both these books only as translations, and somewhere that does influence the reading experience. One can appreciate the way the author has recreated the psychological complexity of the characters, but somehow the language rema I think I mostly seem to end up reviewing Mahabharata retellings. One can appreciate the way the author has recreated the psychological complexity of the characters, but somehow the language remains stilted and there is no thrill in rereading.
But even that aside, Mrityunjaya has been a great reading experience. We get a different perspective on each of the characters, specially the principal narrators, Karna, Kunti, Duryodhana and Krishna and to a lesser extent Vrishali and Shona. Karna in this story is intensely human. He is neither a villainous crony of the bad Duryodhana, neither is he the poor innocent led into the wrong path by Duryodhana.
Indeed Duryodhana himself is not really evil. Karna does not even try to be self-righteous. There is no justification for any of his conduct. Indeed the description of Draupadi's disrobing and Karna's own conduct during the episode is one of the best parts of the book.
It gives no justification for his conduct. It is narrated in Karna's own voice, and the raising anger in him as he waits for her to ask for his help and realizes she will not ask for it and it is like a slap on his already sensitive ego.
All the energy he is building up to save her is instead turned against her as he insults her and incites the disrobing. After the deed is done, Karna practically mourns for himself as though he is dead. Every routine in his life has lost its meaning, because he hit out at a person in her weak moment, worse because he is a just man and he realizes he took revenge for all the humiliation he had faced in his life on a woman, as though she was the cause of it, when in reality she was only a small part of it.
Karna punishes himself for more for his conduct, than any punishment Arjuna or Krishna ever inflict on him. No doubt to a person with more modern day sensibility, Karna's obsession with his low caste seems strange. Why then can he not get over it?
Why does he think it is an insult? At one point he says his whole being recoiled at the thought that he was a charioteers son. But then, it is actually very much in keeping with his character. Karna is part of the system which has accepted the caste system for whatever it is.
He chafes against it because it is stopping him from doing something he craves, denying him the recognition he thinks he deserves. But beyond that Karna is no social reformer challenging the caste system. He seems to accept the system, he is just frustrated by where it has placed him. And even though his foster parents never explicitly tell him that he is adopted, it is almost like he senses it from the beginning.
He wonders why he has a flesh armour and earrings when his brother has none. That armour always marks him out as special, in his own mind, and the ego gets pretty hurt when others like Drona fail to recognize this. This relationship with the flesh armour and earrings is explored well in this book.
It is indeed very much a part of Karna himself and he has a great attachment to what it signifies. The pain on parting with it is therefore wrenching. And there are moving descriptions on how Karna learnt to live without them, without the armour which had made him invincible in war. How he learns to cope with pain. Duryodhana is an interesting character. THe book clarifies that Duryodhana knew about Karna even before he made his momentous entry in the sports arena.
In fact, he is one of those who treats Karna with courtesy right from the beginning, which makes Karna warm up to him. His charisma is evident in the way he is able to make Karna feel wanted and recognized, something which Yudhishtra fails to do. Even though Duryodhana as the narrator tries to assume a more negative shade, by stating upfront that he only sought Karna because he always perceived him to be special and therefore useful, at some level, without even stating it, the narrative betrays his deep affection for Karna.
He does not have an equal relationship with him, Karna is always his inferior, but there is still a great attachment towards him, and genuine concern for his well being. The dynamics between the friends is well explored. One always wonders what was the role of Karna in many of Duryodhana's strategems.
This book paints neither as saints. Each influences the other towards a particularly stupid or thoughtless piece of action. Karna may not be for the dice game, but he does encourage Duryodhana in the final battle.
In fact there is a scene where Duryodhana, after the Virata skirmish, betrays his fear of the Pandavas and wonders if he should make peace. But Karna, full of righteous wrath his brother Shona has just been killed by Arjuna in the skirmish openly encourages him to battle, promising the support of all the kings he suppressed in the Vijay yatra. If at all, there is a negative character in this book, it is Drona. No one seems to have a great opinion of him, not even his son, Ashwathama, who is shown to be a close friend of Karna at some level, even closer than Duryodhana.
Karna's relationship with the Pandavas is also quite realistic. The Pandavas are not villains in his life. There is a simmerring rivalry with Arjuna, but beyond that he does not seem to nurture an enmity towards them.
In fact in some places, he conveys a deep respect for them, for the way they survived Varanavrata, for the way they transformed Khandivaprastha. He also acknowledges that Duryodhana is not always just in his treatment of them. But none of the Pandavas ever make an attempt to engage him in any way, right from the time he was their fellow student, so he has no special feelings towards them and therefore pledges his allegiance to Duryodhana who at least seems to bother that he exists.
This is quite realistic, since it would be strange to accept that an independent thinking and otherwise just man would harbor a deep resentment against people who have not done him any great personal harm. Similarly, there is no great outpouring of affection when he realizes they are his brothers either. The only outpouring of affection is for Draupadi and that has nothing to do with the newly discovered relationship. In fact after the relationship is discovered, Karna does not spend too much time brooding over his brothers at all.
It helps that the narrator changes at this section and it is Krishna who narrates those sections of the war, where Karna is on the battlefield. We therefore do not really have a clue as to whether he has any brotherly feelings when he is fighting them. He spares their lives, as per his promise, but with no tenderness. Arjun may now be his blood brother but that does not absolve him of the crime of having killed Karnas first born as well as his foster brother.
The books strongest point is the way it has rooted Karna into his adoptive family. It is them, more than Duryodhana, who give him to strength to refuse Krishna's offer. In fact Karna tells Krishna outright that though they have both been brought up by adoptive parents that is where the similarity ends. Krishna walked out of Yashoda's life, he left behind the Gopikas of gokul. But Karna will not abandon Adhiratha or Radha.
Radha has a greater claim to be his mother compared to Kunti. Shona's claim as his brother is much more than Arjuna. And he will not now betray Vrishali, who stood by him all these years, and accept Draupadi.
In fact when I see the inanities of the Star Plus Mahabharat, with its frenzied attempt to paint Duryodhan as a monster and Karna's insipid support for him Main apne mitr ko nahi chod sakta, whatever , and the teary hindi filmi farewell for Karna on his 'mother's' lap, with all his 'brothers' weeping over him Duryodhana is conveniently absent from the scene , I am tempted to fling this book at the writers and ask them to get some perspective. Karna's death scene in this book is awe inspiring.
And there is no maudlin sentimentality after that, when the Pandavas find out his true identity. The book is not interested in telling us how they reacted to it, because that is not Karna's story. His story died with his death. And how his brothers reconciled to the death is not his business. For months, I tried finding this book in bookstores and libraries but couldn't find it.
Thanks to Tim Berners-Lee, I finally managed to buy a copy of it online. But I had to shell out a hefty amount on the hardbound edition with shining golden-bordered pages and velvet coating. But the book is totally worth it.
The book is a psychological insight into various characters of Mahabharat - primarily that of Karna. The English version of the book, although a little hazy with language, nonetheless form For months, I tried finding this book in bookstores and libraries but couldn't find it. The English version of the book, although a little hazy with language, nonetheless forms a great read.
The highs and lows of Karna's life and also that of others are all too vivid. This is one of the very few books that made me empathize for the protagonist. This is one book that would stay on my bookshelf forever. If you are good with Marathi, read the original Marathi edition of this book. View all 3 comments. There are so many mixed emotions inside me now that I have finished reading this epic based on Karna's life, 'Mrityunjay'.
I am yet to come across an author who has such impeccable research about everything ranging from names and back stories of almost all characters involved, to the names of the food items, flora and fauna, musical instruments, regions and kingdoms smallest to largest , mountain ranges, weapons used in the war, the rivers and their tributaries and the distance and time taken to There are so many mixed emotions inside me now that I have finished reading this epic based on Karna's life, 'Mrityunjay'.
I am yet to come across an author who has such impeccable research about everything ranging from names and back stories of almost all characters involved, to the names of the food items, flora and fauna, musical instruments, regions and kingdoms smallest to largest , mountain ranges, weapons used in the war, the rivers and their tributaries and the distance and time taken to travel from one place to another. The language is mesmerizing and even that is an understatement.
The book is filled with similes and metaphors and one has to be tremendously focussed to get the whole meaning of it. Many sentences are long and filled with vivid imagery. The descriptions are so scintillating and dramatic that the reader is automatically drawn physically inside the story. I could feel myself standing at the banks of Ganga looking into the sun, or right amidst the fighting soldiers of Kurukshetra.
I could feel myself crying silently at the loss of Karna's Kavach and Kundals. Some passages are extremely thought provoking and it is quite evident throughout the book that the author, Mr. Shivaji Sawant has put colossal effort to ensure he doesn't leave us with a single question.
Yes, he ensures that the reader reels for quite some time under the heavy philosophy though. Who was Karna? A victim of casteism and patriarchy? A strong powerful indestructible force? A loyal friend? Who is the villain and who is the hero? It throws some really staggering philosophical questions like the meaning of living, the significance of Dharma and Karma, the inevitability of business and politics, the purpose of a human being.
And gives some quite subtle answers to it in the form of the wise ones - Ashvatthama and Krishna. Karna lost the war or did he? It is very difficult to maintain the adventure in a story when the reader most likely knows how the story is going to turn out. This book took the challenge up gracefully and successfully managed to extract the exact extreme emotions out of me despite me knowing in advance where the story would turn.
As a feminist, the patriarchy was evident. Unlike "Yajnaseni" for which I had gone on a lengthy rant trip the women here are portrayed exactly as they should have been. These were also women who were victims of patriarchy and the story isn't changed at all but I found the treatment given to the characters is quite different. Each character is portrayed with much charisma. One could still see the strength in them. I am not sure how the English translation would work out what with all the rich flaming descriptions in Marathi.
And still I would say if you can lay your hands on this one, please do. The ones who know Marathi please go for the Marathi one. Its a little tough but its worth it.
View all 4 comments. I managed to read this book after searching for it for nearly years. The English translation is a bit clunky as some sentences are directly translated and therefore they do not hold the same impact.
That being said this book is a work of genius. Shivaji Sawant has written about Karna and re-imagined the Mahabharata around him. The book is made of nine section with 4 of them being from Karna's viewpoint, and the rest from the Viewpoints of Duryodhana, Kunti[His biological mother: The book is not entirely canonical and gives us a rather humane viewpoint into the happenings of the Mahabharata.
Karna's valour, his thoughts, his behaviour is entirely laid bare in this book. He's a not a shining knight as this book shows us the grayness of his actions. The Pandavas are also shown in a more humanistic light as most other MBH books often paint them in all bright and Godly colours however they were humans and they too had their bad sides.
This book has epitomized this principle and has given a rather stark and beautiful picture of the life of one of the greatest human beings who ever lived. View all 11 comments. I have one "new in a box" book to sell. It is signed by the publisher and is a collector's edition; the cover is made of raw silk. English edition.
Let me know if you are interested. View all 8 comments. This book has been on my TBR for a long time, and finally, I managed to finish it. This is known as the best retelling of Mahabharata. This book is originally written in the Marathi language. The author of this book Shri. You may read full review on my blog http: Some will startle hearing my words.
And wonder: How can anyone swallowed by death speak? But a time comes when the dead have to speak too. When the flesh-and-bones living behaves like the dead, then the dead have to come alive and speak out. Adirath is a charioteer of King Dhritarashtra in the kingdom of Hastinapur. Vasu was found on the shore of sacred river Ganga. The childless couple Radha and Adirath took him as the blessing of God.
After adopting Vasu, Radha gives birth to a son named as Shon. As Vasu grew up he gets to know that he is not like the other people. He has an impenetrable armor and has golden flesh earrings which are attached to his body. Since childhood, he has an interest in the weaponry and wanted to be a warrior.
But his family profession is of a charioteer and everyone expected him to be the same.
Contradictory to this, Karna wanted to be a warrior so Adirath took him to the Hastinapur. Now here comes the main part, Being the sutaputra Guru Drona does not accept him as his disciple.
Karna always felt a closeness to the Sun-god and considered him his Guru. In Hastinapur he meets various people like Arjun, Duryodhan.
Arjun becomes his instant rival. Whereas Duryodhan becomes his friend. Karna has to go through with various ups and down which finally put him in the mouth of death. View all 9 comments. Jan 22, Pooja rated it it was amazing. Although this has been translated in many languages, something is always lost in the process and i have been lucky to read the original book. This is among the best books i have ever read with the characters so alive that kept lingering in my thoughts for several weeks.
Mrityunjay means the one who conquers death and truly Karna does. This book is about Karna life and death. I can never compliment the author enough for presenting a story already known my all in a way that doesn't allow the reade Although this has been translated in many languages, something is always lost in the process and i have been lucky to read the original book. I can never compliment the author enough for presenting a story already known my all in a way that doesn't allow the reader to put down the book.
There is no any other human matched the talent of karna. When we look close we can no one is advocating for dharma, everyone is selfish.
So it isnt appropriate to picture Dhuryodhana as a coward in this manner, as far as i know , he is i red "Randammuzham" by Mt so.. So it isnt appropriate to picture Dhuryodhana as a coward in this manner, as far as i know , he is brave and strong like Bheema. Its pretty difficult to point who is the best Karna,Arjuna or Bheema. But by considering the situational disadvantages, donating behaviour and discrimination to his race , curses etc merits karna to become the greatest warrior ever lived.
He is making pandavas do the undos and stating dumb reasons for his doings.
Krishna should be covered as a villain portrait as for me. Jan 18, Akshay rated it it was amazing. Citations are based on reference standards. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study.
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