Shankar Mokashi Punekar
Awadheshwari by Shankar Mokashi Punekar, a Sahitya Akademi Award-winning title in Kannada, is a well researched political novel of the Vedic times, showcases the word-picture of the socio-political ethos of that time brilliantly. In particular, it centers 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 and subplots, it tells the reader how the practice came to an end. In fact, the novel is listed one among the all-time best works of creative fiction in Kannada.