The Guiding Themes behind ‘A Friend Like Karna’

Written By – Madhav Thapar (Author of “A Friend Like Karna” )

I had two guiding themes:

First, for inspiration the age old epic of the Mahabharata, and in particular the noble and heroic character of the great Karna. Second, for context, the contemporary world of fast paced India with its glamour, competitiveness, adrenalin and growing neuroticism.

The idea was to tell a tale that embodied eternal values, but yet would be easy for the present generation to relate with and most importantly would capture their interest. So the words are deliberately few, the action hectic, and the events cascade in a significant rush.

The setting is contemporary and the action shifts between the megapolises of Delhi and Mumbai as two rival business families battle each other. Politics, The Indian Mafia and the Glamour World form the backdrop of the rich canvas, and for the romantic, there is a tender underlying love story.

At the heart of the storm is the main protagonist, Veer- A modern day Friend like Karna- who must overcome not only his powerful adversaries, but the legacy of his birth. Veer is brave, loyal, principled and generous like the mythological Karna, but can he change both Fate and History?

Filled with memorable characters, some modeled on counterparts from the Mahabharata, but with distinct characteristics of their own, and twists that challenge some of the more conventional stereotypes in the epic, my book is not just about good and evil, or black and white, but shades of grey. It is also about redemption and evolution as the lead players journey through their life events which change them for  the better or in some cases the worse!

Indian readers will recognize familiar locales and famous names, all positioned to bring about a correlation and identification with the main theme. The context of the book however is global as well. Change the cities and the names of the characters and the same Corporate Battles, human conflict and emotions have a universal place.

To say any more, would be at the risk of spoiling the suspense. So do grab your copy today and share your honest feedback.

A Friend Like Karna is available in print and as an E book on Amazon, Flipkart, Infibeam, Kobo and Google play.

 

 

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