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.

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Book Review – A Friend Like Karna

Title: A Friend Like Karna

Author: Madhav Thapar

Pages: 182

Published in :2017

Publisher: Notion Press

Inspired by the heroic and legendary Karna, this book is a contemporary dramatic novel set against the backdrop of modern Corporate India. Thrills, suspense and a tender underlying love story ensure that the book moves at a very fast pace and keeps the reader engaged right until the unpredictable end.

The characterization is sharp and vivid with each actor playing a significant role in the evolution of the story. You will recognize many of the locales, names and references to the glamour word, and on the dark side, the Mafia, which ensures that the reader establishes an immediate connect with the plot. An important aspect is that even though it is an action filled book with a strong alpha male at the center of the plot, the female characters emerge as equally strong and admirable and are extremely important to the story.

The narrative itself is in a unique mix of first person and third person story-telling and shifts effortlessly across locations and time lines. Each sub plot of significance is brought to a logical conclusion and is cleverly inter weaved to be a part of the main story line.

Some of my favorite lines from the book which create enough curiosity and suspense are:

“Two wise men, one common problem, different conclusions. As the two stalwarts procrastinate, the wheels of fate continue to spin on relentlessly….”

“Crime only pauses, it never ceases”

“A few hours later a call is placed to Karachi on a burner phone. The recipient: one of the most wanted men in the world, but also someone who does not officially exist in the country he lives in.”

It is a book best read in one sitting and indeed it is hard to put down. As it progresses from scene to scene, frame by frame, there is always the burning question in the readers mind:  “So, what will happen next?”

The Prologue and Epilogue are the two bookends of the entire narration, with the conclusion of the theme coming in the very last lines.

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