Karma: Fate versus Action in Shiva Trilogy – An Analysis of Hindu Ideology

Suganthi Medasani, Cauveri B


The Hindu Philosophy ‘Karma’ is one of the fundamental concepts of Indian tradition. One should approach this concept with an ‘open mind’ because Karma has diverse interpretations across various philosophical traditions and times. For the majority of Hindus and non-Hindus, it is the sway of the unalterable destiny of a life. According to them, it precludes individual choice and freedom of action. But properly understood, ‘karma is action’ and ‘karma is the freedom of choice’ are two sides of the same coin. This paper is an account and analysis of ‘karma’ as addressed by the contemporary Indian novelist in English, Amish Tripathi, who has delineated the potentials of the concept of karma in his three novels constituting the Shiva Trilogy (Tripathi, 2010, 2012, 2013). The paper also highlights how the ancient concept is made appealing to the contemporary audience by unraveling the logic behind it.


Hindu religion, karma, dharma, fate, destiny

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