The Karna Pages

The Karna Pages _ Book Cover

About the author: Sayantan Gupta is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon in Malda, West Bengal. Writing is his passion. He is very proficient in writing prose, poetry and drama. Some of the dramas he has written have been successfully performed on stage. His following books have been published till date.

  • A short story collection ‘The Unclaimed Luggage and Other Stories’ (LiFi Publications)
  • A historical novel ‘The Abode of Kings’ (Authorspress)
  • A mythological novel ‘The Flames Burnt Dark – The Tale of the Aryasura’ (LiFi Publications)
  • Four collections of poems: ‘Where the Rainbow Ends’ (Power Publishers), ‘Sayantan Gupta’s Poems on Love’, ‘Sayantan Gupta’s Poems on Life’ and ‘Sayantan Gupta’s Poems on Mythology’ (all three by Authorspress).

He has also co-authored the recently published collection of detective stories ‘Bombcase Baxi and Cleo – Detectives Extraordinaire’ (YS Books International). A prolific writer in Bengali, he is an active Rotarian and enjoys reading, writing, sports, travel and making friends.

Blurb: Written by Sayantan Gupta, ‘The Karna Pages’ is a mythological fiction. As the title suggests, the book explores the tale of the Karna, the perennial unsung hero of the epic. Replete with the different characters, the epic provides ample scope for author’s creative imagination imbued with the necessary skills.  From exploring hitherto unknown facts about the legendary Karna to dramatic encounter between Karna and Arjun, the author has skillfully portrayed the epic tale in the most impressive way. His intricate knowledge of Indian epics is very much visible in his writings. The shenanigans of the Machiavellian Shakuni, the crudity of the sadist Dushasan, the aura of the benign presence of Krishna and the gentleness of Arjuna all have been seamlessly integrated in the story to provide compelling reading. The author has used his vivid imagination and sublime gift of narrative to script intricate aspects of Karna’s relationship with the other characters. The book is surely a must read for all lovers of mythological fiction, and for anyone who wants to explore this genre.

Review: This present book based on genus of mythology has explored the catastrophe of Karna and how he was rundown of family. The story of Mahabharata has so many characters in it on which not one but many stories can be written and Sayantan Gupta has selected this as the base for his book and took Karna as the primary personality of this riveting story. Karna’s character is regal, heavenly, ancestry, forced by situations to be brought up as a charioteer’s son. We all know he is a match for the best in terms of soldierly skills, Karna was gifted with all the merits to stand with the best that the Pandavas. Yet, he never got his due of acknowledgment and esteem, and was second fiddle to the mighty Pandava, Arjuna. The story/book stars with striking recounting of Kunti’s tryst with Suryadeva, leading to the Karna’s birth. It provides a great introduction to Karna which influences the rest of the narration in the story. I liked the role played by Sage Durvasa in the lead up to this heavenly unity which has been in a few words brought out. The sotryline covers Kunti’s motherhood days as a youngster, all her emotions are beautifully written when she sets Karna in a casket down Ashka river which exposes her helplessness at parting with the new born. I am sure like me whoever reads this will get a silent tear in their eyes. As the story runs through, I felt I was reading Mahabharata more, as I am quite familiar with the characters who have been drawn from the original and their integrity is kept in order. As we go further reading I found out variation from the epic have been brought in delicately.  Though here and there, the author has used a little mind’s eye to the relating in aspects of Karna’s relationship with the Pandavas, Draupadi and Kunti. Despite doing so the author has not lost the track of outcrop of Karna as an personification of self respect and self honour at every turn. Few incidents such as character of Karna, it was his inborn and at times incomprehensible sense of loyalty to Duryodhan, which blinded him to the latter’s serious faults. These instances have been clearly captured in the story, and the manner in which it led to his disintegrate at the hands of Arjuna is indeed tear-jerking. The book has less of flaws, but very lengthy and it did create tediousness for some while. But anyone who prefers mythlogy as their favorite variety, this book is strong reccomended.

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  1. karna always a mysterious and tragic character of Mahabharata epic, will love to read this book, “the palace of illusion” also a good book on karan and draupadi.

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