Uruvi’s Humanistic Feminism in Kavita Kane’s Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen: An Assessment of its Contemporary Significance

Poonam Sharma and Nitin Bhatnagar

Retellings of Indian mythological tales, especially epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, have been a subject of interest for many Indian writers. They are the focus of newer versions from fresh perspectives. The Mahabharata has remained a subject of countless interpretations and re-interpretations in the form of poems, plays, films and books on the basis of different stand points. Kavita Kane, in her debut novel, Karna’s Wife: The Outcast Queen (2013), has decentred the lesser known female character of Uruvi. This novel is the retelling of the great Indian epic of the Mahabharata written from Uruvi's perspective by bringing to light her side of the story through her ideas, conversations and actions. The author has portrayed her as a woman with well-built feminine identity who is able to express her opinions and make decisions boldly in a dominating patriarchal society. She expresses her sense of emancipation through stands which are also justifiable from humanitarian point of view. The present paper is an attempt to explore Uruvi‘s fictitious character, taking into consideration the feminist-humanist approach that has entered the discussion of the feminist critique of the last few decades. Along with that, there is an endeavour to explore if the retold Uruvi‘s character is able to establish a relevance to the contemporary society, especially to the 21st century women.

Volume 12 | 05-Special Issue

Pages: 1274-1280

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12SP5/20201885