- Paperback: 428 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India; First edition (29 October 2015)
- Language: English, Hindi
- ISBN-10: 9788129131126
- ISBN-13: 978-8129131126
- ASIN: 8129131129
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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Chandrakanta Paperback – 29 Oct 2015
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About the Author
Devaki Nandndan Khatri (1861–1913) was born in Pusa, Bihar, in the home of his maternal grandfather, Jivanlal Mahato, a wealthy landowner. His father, Lala Ishvardas, descended from an illustrious family from Lahore. He shot to literary fame with his first novel, Chandrakanta, at the age of twenty-six. He subsequently set up his own printing press, the Lahari Press, in Banaras. His other popular works include Chandrakanta Santati and Bhutnath.
Rohini Chowdhury is a children’s writer and literary translator, with some thirty books to her credit. She is widely regarded for her translations of the seventeenth century text, Ardhakathanak, the autobiography of poet and thinker Banarasidas, and of the acclaimed Hindi novel, Tyagpatra by Jainendra
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Spoiler Alert: Shiv Dutt had a strong persona in the TV version; in the book he is just a cheap villain who makes guest appearances here and there in approximately 10 pages. Below 10 pages for Krur Singh also. The rest is filled with Virendra Sing's stupidities & Tej Sing's heroic deeds.
Some points differing with TV version are as follows:-
No Janbaaz/Meghavat character (played by Mukesh Khanna) ; No snake deals; No Shiv Dutt charisma; No mention of Shiv dutt & Kalavathi relationship; stupid cooked up story. Virendra's love lack passion and sincerity. He went to save Chandrakantha from a magical trap, but his interest soon got shifted to the hidden treasures once he knew about it and she had to remain entrapped on the magical cave till Virendra had the treasure. Meantime he also he got attracted to another woman. If I were the princess Chandrakantha I would have dumped that spineless idiot and married Tej Singh.
ABOUT PRICE:- The MRP printed on the book is Rs.199 only; so any price quoted above Rs.199 is intended to CHEAT THE ONLINE BUYERS.
[I've seen many sellers quoting prices above MRP and claiming to give huge discounts. For eg:- They add Rs 50 and give Rs 40 as discount. But still they are getting Rs.10 extra over the printed MRP]. I wonder why AMAZON AUTHORITIES are keeping mum to these kind of malpractices.
The author has tried to explain the magic of the aiyaars and tilismas in scientific terms and has not done a convincing job. I feel that there was no need to do so, as the readers of such tales don't mind magic - in fact, they love magic!
The translator, Rohini Chowdhury, has kept it in very simple English, preserving the simplicity of the original which was written in spoken Hindi rather than some difficult literary form.
Chandrakanta is an extremely fun read, if the reader puts logic aside and dives in, intending to be entertained. The only disappointment is the negligible coverage given to Kroor Singh, the most popular character from the telivision serial Chandrakanta from the nineties.
No wonder the original version in Hindi written by Babu Devkinandan Khatri in the late 19th century must have been an enormous novella. The author has done excellent work by translating this tale into English.
The story moves at a brisk pace though while reading this English translated version you can make out that some incidents/chapters in original Hindi one would have been more descriptive. Many characters have miniscule role in the book. Also I found the ending to be a bit rushed up.
A TV serial based on the book was shown on DD many years back when I was in school. I don’t remember much of the details except that former Miss India Shikha Swaroop played the lead character.
This is a pretty engrossing tale of love, sacrifice, friendship and magical realms. Suitable for kids and grownups alike. I just wish I could locate the original Hindi version somewhere!!!