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Volume 2 Issue 12

October 2015

The Reflection of Karma Yoga in Arun Joshi’s The Foreigner
Mr. P. Vijaya Kumar, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of Humanities and Sciences, 
Annamacharya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Rajampet, 
Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India

Dr. Laxmidhar Dwivedi, 
Associate Professor, 
School of Social Sciences and Language, 
VIT University, 
Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Arun Joshi is an outstanding Indian novelist whose novels probe into dark and inner most issues of human mind in the present world. He has not only presented the predicament of a modern man but also sensitively touched the deep layers of human beings. He is amongst those Indian novelists whose works reflect strong influence of Indian mythological and spiritual ideology. Arun Joshi’s first novel The Foreigner published in the year 1968, reflects the ideas of Indian Philosophies. The novel reveals the principles of Karma Yoga narrated by the supreme personality of god head Sri Krishna in the battle field Kurukshetra to Arjuna, to uncover the layer of “maya” (vanity) of the material world. The Foreigner stresses the importance of detachment with the self but a commiserative involvement with the world as a step towards the achievement of “Karma Yoga” or non- attached actions are personified by the protagonist Sindhi in the novel.
Keywords
Detachment; Karma Yoga; Inner Conflict
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