Arjun: Without a Doubt by Shinde Sweety
Arjuna came back to Indraprastha with Subhadra. Draupadi got emotionally hurt and lamented when she heard about Arjuna's marriage with Subhadra. The secret of Draupadi and her relationship with the Pandavas - Whilst polygamy is no more in practice, India sure has a record breaking. That's the major reason that characters like Arjuna, Draupadi, Sita and many Sometimes we arrive at our life's purpose through marriage; like.
The Karna-Draupadi love saga a side-story, that was composed much later by folk cultures like the Bhils has been taken into unbearable heights by the author.
Draupadi, in this novel, forgives Karna for goading her molestation at the dice-game bcoz she loves him! Now, intelligent creative liberties are always welcome, but improbable ones?
Kane, however, chooses to make her a strange combination of dumb and wicked.
Uloopi married Arjuna by choice, knowing that the communion wasn't going to last more than a day
Every now and then, Kane's Kunti chants and discloses her plans and schemes to the wife of her sons' arch rival - Uruvi. And the most laughable part?MahaBharat 17 E Subhadra, Arjuna, Draupadi
Kunti, of all people, justifies how Karna is 'technically' right in calling Draupadi a whore, because apparently the scriptures say so! Firstly, Kane's interpretation of the particular shloka in the said scripture is wrong.
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And even if that is the case, why didn't Kane's Kunti point out the fallacy when Draupadi was being married off to her five sons? So, Kane inserts another justification here - her Kunti "forgot" about the rule during Draupadi's marriage! Artistic liberty is one thing.
Sometimes we arrive at our life’s purpose through marriage; like Subhadra for instance
Improbable and implausible logic is quite another. Now, whether he was flawed or flawless, that can be debated. But, Arjun's general calm and detached nature is well-known.
Again, Kane chooses to use her own interpretations, and renders a hot-headed Arjun to contrast her version of "wiser" Karna. Now finally, the MOST annoying part of this novel: Karna was a dynamic man, now carved into public memory as the quintessential 'tragic hero'. He had virtues, as well as flaws. Often, Karna's abominable role in the dice-game acts as a primary reason for many people to dislike him.
Kane is aware of this. Two, Arjuna is definitely not the non-exciting character that I made him out to be with all the various interpretations of Mahabharata that I have read so far.
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My love for Mahabharata is very well-evident from the number of interpretations of Mahabharata I have in my book collection. So when the author sent me this review copy of this book, I was more than happy to read it and add it to my collection. A lot of the happenings in the book is something that is known to everyone who has read one form of Mahabharata or the other. The main distinguishing factor of this book from the other books is that, yes, it does have Arjun as the title character, but it also has a novel way of moving the narrative with two narrators.
Arjun along with Draupadi are the two narrators and this choice of narrators is something that I would definitely like to commend Sweety for. With a lot of focus thrown on just the two of them, who seem centric to the epic, Sweety manages to retell the happenings of Mahabharata with great ease.
Arjun: Without a Doubt
There is not much focus on any of the characters apart from Krishna and Kunti, in the very end and each of the characters are uses as plot elements very effectively. He sure is the wonderful warrior and Casanova, but Sweety manages to portray him in much better light that what he is usually shown.
Where do I even begin.