Cuckold, published in 1997, is a book about a Rajput prince, Maharaj Kumar, who is the husband of Mira Bai, Lord Krishna’s devotee. The story is set in the 16th century and focuses on Maharaj Kumar who is the son of the King, thus making him the crown prince of Mewar.
The Prince calls himself Cuckold as he is married to a woman who is in love with the Hindu God-Krishna and beliefs that she is married to him. Maharaj Kumar longs for her love and finds himself frustrated at her divine devotion to the Lord. This fictional tale then spins into a web of politics, with destructive battles within the Kingdom to decide who would become the heir of the throne after the King’s death, though the Rajput Kingdom is at the height of its power. The Prince realizes that he needs to fight for what is rightfully his and strategically plans out his actions.
Cuckold is a book that weaves politics, history, epics and mysticism. The author also shows the Rajput community’s system of honour, sacrifice and valour. Through the eyes of the Prince, the book raises questions about traditions, conduct and beliefs like the preference of death over dishonour. Readers will be taken on a journey to the times with the Rajputs were were at their best. The intricate details, political plans, romantic longings and witty comments make this novel a captivating read, making it difficult for readers to put it down.
Nagarkar won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2000 for this novel, which has been translated to many different languages.
About Kiran Nagarkar
Kiran Nagarkar, born 1942, is an Indian author, screenwriter, playwright, and film and drama critic. He is one of India’s most renowned writers.
Nagarkar writes his books in an unobtrusive narrative voice that focuses on the story and brings out distinctive details and flavour.
Some books written by the author are Saat Sakkam Trechalis (Seven Sixes Are Forty Three), Ravan and Eddie, and The Extras which is a sequel to the previous novel. He has also written the play Bedtime Story and penned down the screenplay of The Broken Circle, The Widow and Her Friends, and The Elephant on the Mouse. The author has also acted in the movie Split Wide Open.
He was awarded a scholarship by the city of Munich and received a received a Rockefeller grant. He currently resides in Mumbai. He studied at the Fergusson College, Pune and the S.I.E.S. College, Mumbai. He then worked as an assistant professor, as a journalist and then as a screenplay writer.