Author: Shankar Mokashi Punekar
Translator(s)/ Edito: C. Anjaneya
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126005068
Awadheshwari published in 1987 got the Sahitya Akademi award in 1988. A well researched political novel of the Vedic times, it is a brilliant word-picture of the social-political ethos of the period. In particular, it centres around the fulcrum of the practice of niyoga, the practice, prevalent at the time, of legal adultery, of an infertile husband allowing his wife to beget progeny from another man.
Through a host of plots ad subplots, it tells the reader how the practice came to an end. The novel is one among the all-time bests of creative fiction in Kannada.
Awadheshwari: Hindi translation by C. Anjaneya of Akademi’s award-winning Kannada novel by Shankar Mokashi Punekar, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi (1999).