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Rag Darbari (Hindi) Kindle Edition
|Length: 334 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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When we talk about village life, we think about a lot of plantation, comparative clean air and resourceless but yet simple people. Well, the life of a village is much more complicated. Yes the resources are few, but village people play quite dirty to capture and retain those resources. They cheat, they deceit, they steal, as far as that can be done within the limited reach of their resources. The problems of the village seem to be simple but for the villagers, these problems show the neglect and need of intense monitoring towards the development of villages. And obviously, nobody seems to care about village or their [so called petty] problems.
This novel is the wittiest novel I have ever read, and yet every witty phrase also contains some message. People of village very well know that it always pays to have some links and connections in the political circles; they know that they must not quarrel with officials of the government specially the higher ones. And, surely there are many people who are too honest, too simple, always an easy victim of cheat and deceit.
Almost every aspect of village life has been revealed by this work, whether it is corruption of the officials, unfair grant of government money for resource mobilisation, misuse of that money, elections for village panchayats [county’s local administration], and people’s choice regarding all this. The social life of village in terms of caste hierarchy, money matters, love matters ... everything is there, and it looks all natural as if the author was all present on those events. Nowhere in the entire work there is any break of flow.
On almost every page it will make you laugh, but it will also leave on you a very serious subtle impression. Definitely one of the top ten reads by me ... A MUST READ TO KNOW REAL INDIA.
But the book quality overall it's pretty bad, pages, print and binding leave a lot to be desired.
Still giving 5 starts the low price is a decision enabler, thus itself promoting literature in its own way.
Coming to novel - This is One of the Shrilal Shukla's best works. A series of fine one liners starts from the first paragraph itself. And follows to the last one. As the novel written around 1960-1968, it gives a close chance to peek into life of India (esp. Rural India) in that period with its everyday life characters. But many things written are still relevant. Novel takes a dig at how corruption is a part of the life in India. Can't resist myself finishing it in four sitings.
A must buy, Go for this fine novel if you love Hindi literature.
Iam already seeing things happening around through the eyes of different characters in shivapalganj.
Great work of subtle socio-political satire.
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