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Shyamchi Aai

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4.35 rating

Comment 1: This book is about the greatest tribute to Mother's love. There is no unit to measure the mother's love, which is bigger than the sky and deeper than the ocean. All the stories in this book gives a learning for life. It made me cry while reading some of the stories, one of the finest book I have ever read. Must read by everyone. Comment 2: I read this book in my school days. My mumma always said me, " shyam always listen to his mother, and see you never listen to me. read this book 'shyamchi aai' then you will get to know how to behave with your mother!" Listening my mother words I had to stared to read this book. Comment 3: Shyamchi Aai is a classic. I would say that every person should read this book at least once in his or her life. Comment 4: such a amazing novel. everybody should read this novel once in a life..touched my heart. salute to sane guruji.

Kimayagar

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4.25 rating

Comment 1: "किमयागार" मधये आपलयाला भेटतात मूलभूत शासतर शाखा (पदारथविजञान, रसायनशासतर, जीवशासतर, भूगरभशासतर, खगोलशासतर) व तयांचया उपशाखांमधे काम करणारे ८००हून अधिक परतीभावान शासतरजञ. आरयभटट, अरिसटोटल, वराहमिहीरापासून ते सटीफन हॊकींग, जयंत नारळीकरांपरयंत. काही विकषिपत, काही हेकेखोर, काही मतसरी, काही संधीसाधू, काही दुरदैवी... परंतु, सरवच जण विलकषण परतीभावंत. पण हे पुसतक महणजे नुसतीच शासतरजञांची निरस जीवनचरीतरें नवहे, तर तयांचया माधयमातून लेखक आपलयाला या विशवाचा इतिहास, रचना व मानवी जीवनाची सुरूवात ऊलगडत नेतात

Yugandhar

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4.25 rating

Comment 1: I recently finished reading this novel “Yugandhar” by Shivaji Sawant the 6th time. But each time I read it, I get a totally new meaning from the same lines n words which I have read twice before. Well, you’ll say that I must have mugged up the atleast 3/4th of the novel uptill now, n that is true! But still when I take it in my hands, I automatically get eager to read it once again, to know whether there is some more of the Krishna which I have not yet understood even after reading so many times Comment 2: Yet another masterpiece by Shivaji Sawant.. This book gives us a different perspective to look at the life of Krishna.. NOT as a HERO or GOD but as a HUMAN who wanted to let people know that the greatest power in the world is love. He considered all living beings as his own beloved. He lived to his teachings by spreading PREMYOG in the then Aryawat. What I loved most about this book is it gave me completely agreeable and practical possible reasons behind the CHAMATKARS by Krishna. The reasons wh Comment 3: Yugandhar- is a brilliant piece of work from Shivaji Sawant. Author tries hard to contain the protagonist within human sphere but also surrenders to the divinity at appropriate places. Immense detailing takes the reader into that era. It is a long long piece of text but something worth having and passing onto generations.

Ek hota Carver (एक होता कार्व्हर)

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4.24 rating

Comment 1: आठवया इयततेत असताना वाचलं होतं, आजही जसाचया तसं आठवतं! कारवहरचया कॉलेज-जीवनाचं वरणन हा माझा सगळयात आवडता भाग! Comment 2: पराधयापक जॉरज डबलयू कारवहर यांचया आयुषयाची परेरणादायी कथा वीणा गवहाणकरांनी उततम परकारे मांडली आहे. Comment 3: i got this book as a gift, and this was kind of an introduction to me to the american culture and what problems african americans faced, and how one man helped them. This also shows the beauty in a simple life. Comment 4: Although I am in the middle of this book, have to agree that this will be one of the best I will ever read. Really need atleast one Carver in our country looking at the effects of global warming.

Yayati: A Classic Tale of Lust

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4 rating

Comment 1: സുഖലോലുപമായ ജീവിതം നയിചച തനറെ കർതതവയങങളിൽ നിനനും ഒളിചചോടി സവനതം പുതരനിൽ നിനനും യൗവവനം സവീകരിചച യയാതി നമുകകേവർകകും സുപരിചിതനാണ. പകഷേ അദദേഹം വീരശൂര പരാകരമിയും ദവിഗയിജയിയും ആയിരുനനു. ഈ കാലഘടടതതിനറെ പുരുഷനെനനോ, കാലതതിനതീതനെനനോ നമുകക യയാതിയെ വിളികകാം. കാരണം ഇനനതതെ മനുഷയൻ മദ- മാതസരയങങളിൽ മുഴുകി അർഥതതിനറെയും കാമതതിനറെയും പുറകെ മാതരം വിറളി പിടിചചോടുനനവനാണ. അവനവനറെ കർതതവയങങളിൽ നിനനും വയതിചലികകുനനവൻ ദു:ഖതതിനറെ നിലയിലലാകകയതതിലേകക വീണുപോകുനനു എനന വി.എസ. ഖാണേകകർ നമമെ ഓർമമിപപികകുനനു.

Mrityunjaya (मृत्यंजय)

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4.53 rating

Comment 1: यह कहानी है करण की | दानवीर करण की, महारथी करण की, जयेषठ कौनतेय करण की, सरथिपुतर करण की, सूरयपुतर करण की, अंगराज करण की | कहानी अलग-अलग पातरों के परिपरेकष से बताई गयी है | अधिकतम भागों में करण अपनी कहानी सवयं ही सुना रहे हैं, कयोंकि और कोई उनकी कहानी वैसे नहीं सुना सकता जैसी उनहोंने महसूस की थी | महाभारत के दो और पातर, कुंती और दुरयोधन, की कहानियाँ भी करण की कहानी से कुछ इस तरह गुंथी हुईं हैं कि उन पातरों को भी अपनी चुपपी खोल अपने विचार और विवशताएं वयकत करनी पड़ी हैं | जहां पर करण के पराकरम का वर

Kale Pani

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4.1 rating

Kale Pani is a love story written on the back drop of cellular jail in Andaman during British rule in India. Since the book is written in pre-independence period, in the guise of love story it serves other purpose of nation building. It subtly pays homage to martyrs of 1857 revolution. It explains strategic importance of Andaman and describes nomadic tribes residing over there. The book also criticizes blind faith prevalent during that time. Savarkar also tells us about the hardships faced by prisoners in Andaman and how these criminal and political convicts helped turn this once inhabitable land into human society.

Shriman Yogi (श्रीमान योगी)

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4.5 rating

Comment 1: There are various books in marathi on Shivaji, no doubt his life is full of all thats required for a novel that there is hardly anyone who wont like to write about him....have gone through few of such books on him already, as compared to "Raja Shivchhatrapati" by Babasaheb Purandare,felt this is not that elaborative & detailed...although its rich enough to portray the great kings life n almost all aspects in it Comment 2: “The epoch-maker Chhatrapati was at first a Muslim’s dependent but he managed from the age of fifteen to free his small jagir of Poona and based his future greatness on that small beginning, entirely relying on his own effort and initiative. ….. He welded the scattered elements of his people into united body and with their help accomplished his main object. Comment 3: The best researched book ever. Just loved the way it is written. Very interesting, this was the 2nd book on Chattrapathi Shivaji. You'll be so satisfied after buying it. A real gem of Indian Literature. The Author is of my district and later I came to know that he was very close to my uncle. My mind was honored after reading it. Comment 4: The book shows the depths to which the author has gone to find details about the life of the Great Shivaji Maharaj. Of course it's not my place to comment on anything. Ranjit Desai is a great author and is truly revered.

Radheya (राधेय)

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4.16 rating

Comment 1: “मृतयंजय” वाचलयानंतर “राधेय” घेतलं, ती चूकच महणायची! “राधेय” सुरु केलं आणि पहिली गोषट परकरषाने जाणवली ती महणजे ओघवती, सहजसुंदर भाषा. “मृतयंजय” जर संथ नदी, तर “राधेय” एक खळखळता निरझर! पण वाटलं नवहतं की चांगलया गोषटींची यादी इथेच संपेल महणून.  Comment 2: महाभारत असा गरंथ आहे की परतयेक जण वेगवेगळया पदधतीने इनतेरपरेत करू शकतो . शिवाजी सावंत यांचे मृतुनजय वाचलया नंतर राधेय वाचयला घेतले पण दोनी पण पुसतकां मधये करणचया बाजूने soft corner निरमाण केला आहे. Comment 3: It's my first book on 'Karna'..the writer made it a story..you can visualise each n every word of the book and I think it's a success of the writer.. When you will start with it you can't stop till the book gets over..and after reading this book you might feel like you watched a movie on 'Karna'.. If you want information on 'Karna' then I will never recommend this book but if you want to enjoy a story of 'Karna' then it's a good choice.. Nice one..

KARNAN

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4.53 rating

ജീവിതകാലം മുഴുവന്‍ മാനുഷികവും ദൈവികവുമായ വെല്ലുവിളികള്‍ ആത്മധൈര്യത്തോടെ നേരിട്ട കര്‍ണന്റെ ജീവചരിത്രം. കര്‍ണന്‍, കുന്തി, ദുര്യോധനന്‍ വൃക്ഷാലി, ശോണന്‍, ശ്രീകൃഷ്ണന്‍ എന്നിവരുടെ ആത്മകഥാംശരൂപത്തിലുള്ള വിവരണങ്ങളിലൂടെ കര്‍ണകഥയോടൊപ്പം മഹാഭാരത കഥമുഴുവന്‍ ആഖ്യാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നു. ഇംഗ്ലീഷിലേയ്ക്കും പല ഭാരതീയ ഭാഷകളിലേക്കും വിവര്‍ത്തനം ചെയ്യപ്പെട്ട ഈ നോവല്‍ പല പുരസ്‌കാരങ്ങളും നേടിയിട്ടുണ്ട്.

ಆವರಣ [Aavarana]

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4.35 rating

Comment 1: ಆವರಣ ಎಂದರೆ ಸತಯವನನು ಮರೆಮಾಚಿ ಅಸತಯವನನು ಬಿಂಬಿಸುವುದು. ಅಖಂಡ ಭಾರತದಾದಯಂತ ಮೊಘಲರಿಂದ ಹಿಂದೂಗಳ ಮೇಲಾದ ದೌರಜಯನಯ, ಗುಲಾಮಗಿರಿ, ಧರಮಾಂತರ ಅಲಲದೆ ಸಹಸರಾರು ಹಿಂದೂ ದೇವಾಲಯಗಳನನು ಧವಂಸಗೊಳಿಸಿ, ಅದೇ ಜಾಗದಲಲಿ ಮಸೀದಿಗಳನನು ಕಟಟಿ, ಕರೂರವಾಗಿ ಎಷಟೋ ಜನರನನು ಹತತೆಗೈದದದನನು ಖಚಿತವಾದ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಗಳಿಂದ ಯಥಾವತತಾಗಿ ಚಿತರಿಸಿದದಾರೆ ಲೇಖಕರು. ಇತಿಹಾಸದಿಂದ ಪಾಠ ಕಲಿತು ಸಾಮರಸಯ ತರುವುದನನು ಬಿಟಟು ಇತಿಹಾಸವನನೇ ತಿರುಚಿ ಅಸತಯಗಳನನೇ ಪರಚೋದಿಸುತತಿರುವ ಈಗಿನ ಹೊಲಸು ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು, ಕೆಲವು ಬುದಧಿಜೀವಿಗಳು ತಮಮ ಬೇಳೆ ಬೇಯಿಸಿಕೊಳಳುತತಿರುವುದು ಸಮಾಜದ ಕೆಟಟ ದುರಗತಿ. ಭೈರಪಪನವರ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಆಳ ಎಷಟೆಂಬುದು ಈ ಕೃತಿಯಿಂದ ಮನದಟ

Cobalt Blue

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3.86 rating

Comment 1: When a mysterious stranger takes a room in the household, he influences a brother and sister’s future. Told in two parts, the brother who has an affair with the artist stranger speaks to the stranger after he has left. The sister’s part is told in diary form after she returns from leaving with the stranger and living with him for 6 months. One learns much of India’s caste system and customs—the role of family, parents, marriage etc. The two telling the story are the outlaws of the family. One di Comment 2: It traces the story of love, loss and everything that remains after the loss. The narrative accompanies the siblings Tanay and Anuja as they recount their journey of falling in love with the same man- the paying guest who occupies the tower room of their traditional Marathi household. The novel is divided into two parts; the first part is devoted to Tanay’s recollections and the second to Anuja’s diary entries. The author makes very clever use of the two different styles of story-telling. Tanay’ Comment 3: Although this could be perceived as a love-story at the outset, it's definitely much more than that. Both protagonists through their love and loss find themselves. They love, they loose, they despair, struggle and through it all discover who they are or want to be. To me as much as this was about loving someone, it was also about knowing self and finding the courage to be what we are and ultimately freedom. Superbly written! Brownie points for naming one of the protagonists as Anuja! :D Definite

ಪರ್ವ [Parva]

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4.47 rating

Parva considered to be the Magnum Opus of Bhyrappa, is the interpretation of the Mahabharata from the point of view of 20th century mind. The Mahabharata story is removed from its mythological elements and the whole theme and characters are placed in the historical time of 12th century B.C in India. Bhyrappa spent five years in researching the social, economic and cultural details of the period.

Ghashiram Kotwal

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3.52 rating

Comment 1: (Very witty satire). Again this play will definitely make you think about the actual notion of the term "poetic justice". The very intense look of Nana can be taken as an instrument of torment and on the other hand, the innocent demeanor of Gauri plays a crucial role in the drama and Ghasiram is oscillating between the two. An interesting read! Comment 2: This was the first play I've ever read and studied--which in retrospect seems very unfair for any other play to live up t0--and it's still as magical and lyrical as it was nine years ago. I remain in awe of how much Tendulkar's sutradhar is able to convey in so little.

Shala

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4.24 rating

Comment 1: If any book has ever inspired e to write my own then this the one. I could not put this down until it was finished. And when it was finished it left an deep impression on my mind. I will never forget any of the characters of the book. I wish to read many of such books in my lifetime. I would recommend to read this book in Marathi if you can. Its 100 must read books before you die. Comment 2: This book takes you back to school life, your growing up days..makes you nostalgic, makes you smile, makes you laugh, it makes you rewind and play all those bitter, sweet, stupid but memorable moments of your school life ..and in the end it throws you into a big deep water well without any floating device and without you knowing how to swim...jus like life does !! Comment 3: Covers or focuses on only very few aspects of school life. Attractions and associated feelings. To me it is incomplete. For detailed and more realistic account of school days, read series of books by Prakash Narayan Sant - Vanwas, Sharada Sangit.... Comment 4: This book deals with the life of a boy studying in 9th grade. Easy and quick read. Story-line and the narratives are really good. Translator I am sure is really did a fine work in putting up the emotions equally in good manner.

Parva

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4.47 rating

Comment 1: I started this book out of curiosity. I was curious to know what logical reasons S.L. Bhyrappa had tried to give in his book de-mythologizing the original tale in a believable way, which is quite a challenge in itself. Well, I must say this interpretation of Mahabharata is very practical and convincing. It gives realistic reasoning to all most all the mythical facts. Basically this book focuses more on telling how all characters here are just humans with no super power and how they act and react to a given circumstance in a normal way. Even God Krishna for that matter!The story starts, when both parties are busy preparing for the war collecting warriors on their side. Arranging other necessities for that. From there the story moves to Kunti’s point of view - how she gave birth to her sons practicing niyoga and what difficulties she faced because of that and then to Bhima his love for Draupadi and how he felt sorry for Hidimbi and how selfishly he went to invite his son Gatohkacha for the war. Then it moves to Draupadi’s point of view. This was my favorite part in this book. I was touched by the way she unveils herself. Her suffering . Her apathy towards Dharmaraya. And how she first fell for the handsome Arjuna and as she grows old how gradually she sees the real caring, compassion for her in Bhima, how unknowingly her love turns away from Arjuna towards Bhima. The revelation of her feelings is beautifully explained. Then the viewpoint shifts to Arjuna then to Karna and so on. Finally towards the end to the battle field. What difficulties both Kaurava’s and Pandavas go through during the war. How both the team suffer. How with in the party they misunderstand each other and solve and move forward. At last when the war is finally over after losing so much and so many loved ones did the war had any meaning? Did winning seemed worthwhile? Though this kind of thing might not have happened in the real Mahabharata yet one cannot ignore with what has been said here. Bhyrappa’s way of approach towards this book was amazing. Its difficult to write about each characters and their view point, their feelings, frustrations, loss everything in one single book. Without being partial or impractical towards a character or an incident. Covering this epic without leaving a single thing adding black humour here and there. But it has been accomplished by him exceptionally.It was more than a year since I bought this book and how lucky I was to get a Hardcopy of the English translation of this magnum opus. Since then I have been trying to read it but was unable to. The reason being it was a very huge book to carry where ever I went and it felt more like a show off to carry as well :P and there was no kindle edition available to buy. But this time I had determined to finish it, allowing myself to take it slow so that I can savour every moment though in the end I did savour but I had to gobble it up. Could not rest myself till I finished it. This probably says how interesting this book was for me.Now waiting to read this in Kannada the original language in which it was written.

Yuganta: The End of an Epoch

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4.05 rating

Comment 1: Note : This is an insanely long review which I did not think much of until I finished and posted. So consider yourself warned ! A short while ago, five of us undertook a road trip which was roughly over 3000 KM in all. As road trips go, it was truly one of the most memorable trips that we had undertaken. Since there was also a lot of driving involved at night, we resorted to telling stories to keep each other awake. Being an incorrigible Mahabharata lover, I chose to tell them in detail of the 18 days of the Kurukshetra war and worked backwards to the beginning of the epic. What started out as a story telling session kept us all awake with a lot of active discussions back and forth. We practically ended up talking almost all of the night. On the one hand it helped all of us stay awake and on the other, I personally got more answers than questions by the time we were done. I wish I had read this before we started the trip !This book is new set of glasses which are tinted with a hard and unflinching shade with which Irawati Karwe examines the Mahabharata For ease of summing up, some of the major areas the author touches upon are :1.The Futility Of Human Effort : We struggle all our lives to build name and fame or in corporate lingo, to leave our mark on the sands of time. Yet what happens eventually ? Against the unrelenting blow of the wind called time, the sands scatter and all that were etched in it are wiped out. Yet more and more of us mortals go through the same notions again and again. The Mahabharata has two central characters who depict this to the best : Bhishma and Karna. Bhishma’s entire life is one that goes to vain in the end. He acquired the name and fame by the iron like vow of celibacy he undertook and then on his only aim in life was the sustainment of his clan at the top of the Kshatriya pecking order. Forever just, pious and morally right Bhishma was said to be the paragon of Kshatriya virtue and yet he never raised a finger against the unruly gang of his great-grandsons, the Kauravas. One thing led to another and against the backdrop of the mighty Kurukshetra war, Bhishma watches the clan he tried so hard to sustain getting butchered to the last man. He had the gift of choosing his own time of death, a terrible gift it turned out to be for he was forced to stay alive watching the bloodbath. Irawati Karve shows a whole new group of perspectives which argue that beyond the guise of a colossus, Bhishma was a failure as a king, warrior and a human being.There is a lot of lore built around Karna which portrays him as someone who never shied away from helping out others. A powerful warrior and someone who was always at a disadvantage right from his childhood at having been abandoned by his mother. Karna’s life was a struggle to obtain an identity and thereby be treated with respect by a highly caste oriented society. Try as he did, he never did attain what he was looking for. Popular portrayals of Karna have always maintained the wounded hero image of his and yet in portrayals based on the core text of the Mahabharata, Karna is a selfish and entirely self-centered man. The author does a very detailed inspection of this amazing character to arrive at a most human portrayal of him which I have seen very few later day writers do. Drawing a parallel with Bhishma, here too was a man who all his life struggled for an ideal and ultimately failed at it.2.The Women : The course of the main story of the Mahabharata is driven inexorably to the calamitous end by the designs of its pivotal female characters. Unlike most other tales where women are marginalized presences, here the women give new dimensions and meanings to the entire story line of the epic. The author assesses the impact and effect of three of the most powerful characters in the epic : Gandhari, Kunti and Draupadi.The warring factions of Pandavas and Kauravas had two powerful matriarchal figures in the forms of Kunti and Gandhari. The whole storyline of the epic boils down to a game of thrones with the Pandavas challenging the right of the Kauravas who held the throne and the inevitable backlash of this action. Through all these intrigues and complexities these two mothers held their clans strong and yet they were vastly different in the way their lives were lived out. Gandhari was the princess of Gandhara (which might have been Kandahar from the modern day Afghanistan) who was brought in to marry the crown prince of Hastinapura – Dhritharashtra. Belatedly she realizes that she was to be married to a blind man and choses a life of darkness with the aid of blindfold. While her son, Duryodhana was born a crown prince, she lives long enough to see him become a villain. What is even more tragic about her life is that she gets to see each and every male member of her family except her blind husband get killed during the war.Kunti is renowned as the mother of the fabled five brothers. Yet her life from a very young age had been one hardship followed by another where she had to either stand and fight or perish. Whether it was to live with an impotent husband or with sons forever cursed to be deposed and living like ascetics, she chose to stand by the men in her life resolutely. The Pandavas struggled through life and on their way to the throne, they had to withstand social isolation, self-imposed exile and also fighting it out every step of the way. There were times when their morale was rock bottom and the will to survive simply vanished. Kunti was like a tigress in such moments, whipping them up to stand and fight and not to waste time languishing around. Our fabled heroes would never have survived where it not for this woman and her steely grit.The most famous female character of them all is Draupadi. While I have read and written a lot about her with regards to Pratibha Ray’s brilliant Yajnaseni, there was one difference here that Irawati Karve points out. This was the questioning that she meted out to Yudhishtir at the time when she was to dragged into the court of the Kurus and was insulted in front of the assembled crowd. The situation fully justified her questioning her powerless husband and yet it left an ever widening rift between them. In the whole scheme of things, it was but a little incident and yet it ended up with them throwing poisoned barbs at each other even at their death beds. Draupadi was the singular force that kept the five together and along with Kunti strived to drive them towards their goal. As many an author points out, it is only at her death bed that she realizes that the true love in her life has been Bhima.3.The Puppet-Master : Krishna has been the architect of the war and the rise of the five brothers in a thousand different ways. If you look at the interpretations of the epic right now, Krishna is a god who walked among men and helped restore order in a world that was slowly going to hell in a handbasket. The core text of the Mahabharata however differs from this version for there are no gods in them. Retellings from different sources has taken the story away from the plausible to the entirely impossible. Krishna was a crafty and highly articulate King of the Yadava clan who is rather mysterious in the way he lived out his life. His way of totally being dispassionate in his actions is a source of bafflement in a society that reveled in being passionately involved in all that it did. A valiant warrior and charioteer, he was also the one man who orchestrated the death of most the famous warriors in the Kaurava clan . The author begins the episode on Krishna by dispelling the myths about him and points out that beyond all the deeds and words, Krishna also had his own selfish ends to meet while helping his cousins ascend to the throne. Ultimately even he and his clan is not spared from the whirlwind of violence that spreads over the land. At my earlier readings of the Mahabharata, I have always been held in thrall by Krishna’s discourse of the Gita to Arjuna before the battle and spurring him into action. Yet if one applies reason to the entire aspect, the Gita does not appear to be a part of the original epic. Krishna speaks to his friend topics that would take a book to cover and in reality such a conversation would last days if not weeks and yet it is said that Arjuna did pick up his weapons and went to war immediately on the first day, so how did this happen ? Krishna and Arjuna were bosom buddies and had a brotherly affection between them and yet later interpretations call Arjuna a devotee of Krishna which all point to the inexorable fact that later representations of the epic gave rise to Krishna as a god and moved away from the true nature of the story.4.Societal & Class struggles : Being such a massive and intricate story, in the first couple of readings one fails to observe what happens off the main screen. By this what I mean is that it is only rarely that we look at or ponder over what was the effect of this game of thrones on the lives of others who lived at this time. One of the most interesting observations from an anthropological standpoint that the author advances is the rivalry that the Pandavas built with the Nagas. For all the time that I have read this epic, I have taken this word - Naga for its literal meaning which means a snake or a serpent ! At the time of the Kshatriyas of this tale, a good part of India was covered in virgin forests with its own indigenous tribes and other inhabitants. In an episode, Arjuna and Krishna burn down the Khandava forest and slaughter every organism in it for satiating the fire god. According to the author, this puts both of them in list of enemies of the Nagas. What then ensues is a rivalry that is even more bloodied than the Pandava-Kaurava clash. A feud that lasts three generations and one that has a lasting impact on the lives of people who came after the Pandavas with one side trying to out kill the other. The Nagas still exist, for they are the inhabitants of the state of Nagaland in eastern India. If one were to look at this from a social angle, it is the struggle between the settlers and the local populace which sometimes explodes into a frenzy of violence.The setting of this story is also at a time when the caste system holds sway heavily over the Indian society. In the descending order, the entire society was carved up into : Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Sudras. Brahmanas were men of knowledge and Kshatriyas were the warriors. The essay in question talks of two brahmanas who stepped away from the path of knowledge to the path of the weapon. The father-son duo of Drona and Ashvatthama were in the Kaurava clan and fought on their side in the war. At length the author goes about the purely selfish reasons that motivated the father and son to step into this role and also how Asvvathma, blinded by a quest for glory commits a remorseless massacre post the war. While Drona elicits sympathy for his fickle interest in riches, the warrior Asvvathma shows the early streaks of being someone who shows an insane attraction to violence.In addition to these, there is also an essay that explores the nature of the half-brother of Dhritarashtra : Vidura who was also the chief minister of the kingdom. It also puts forward a theory that Yudhishtir could have been fathered by Vidura. Pretty much a farfetched theory and I really did not find this to be much beyond speculation.5.Yuganta : An epoch ends with the Mahabharata in the true sense of the word. An entire nations’s worth of people are wiped out in the great war and the world starts afresh. Across India, the belief systems and the social conditions were also undergoing a massive churn. This could also explain how such a stark and hard boiled story like the Mahabharata could at a later point be transformed into a melodramatic soap opera fit for TV. In most serialized renditions of the tale, the stories are full of miracles and divine interventions and yet in the core text there were no gods who intervened in the affairs of mortals. Men and women lived to eat the fruits of their actions and the epic was ultimately a tragic one. It was only perhaps with the advent of the Bhakti movement that the likes of wish fulfilling gods and dreamy literature entered the fray. This essay is also one that traces the anthropological roots of the epic. Was there a written language at the time of the epic ? If so what was it ? This does not appear to have a definitive answers for the tales were sung by bards across the nation. A well-grounded look at the world of the Mahabharata was this essay!There is nothing purely black or white in this story. All characters serve their own means and live and die like all of us humans. It is an unflinching and stark portrayal of humanities never ending fascination with destroying all that is dear to them and lamenting it later. This book is also a wonderful reminder of the saying : Big things come in small packages . In approximately 200 pages, it gave me an in depth perspective into my favorite story of all time.

Chhava

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4.39 rating

Comment 1: The character of Sambhaji Raje has always been controversial in the history due to the different rumours about him. This book puts an end to these rumours. It is a very well compiled book. The story of a prince who was overshadowed by his father's greatness to certain extent, who fought against all pain to maintain his self-respect and received an extremely painful death in the end after being betrayed by his own people. Strong character, good author and a great book! Comment 2: I was really excited to read about great great Sambhaji Raje, all started well and you will definitely like language of author but as you go on reading you understand that choice of NOVEL for such a character proves wrong. I would prefer a book written with evidence and not mere dialogues which you realise are not supported by evidence. Comment 3: a great book about the Maratha Warrior Sambhaji Bhonsle. His hardships, relations with different people in his life, decisions and their after effects have been portrayed in this novel. A must read if someome wants to get closer to Indian history. Comment 4: Everyone knows the greatness of Shvaji, but this book has created fans for Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje in great numbers. Would surely like to revisit again in the future.

व्यक्ती आणि वल्ली [Vyakti Aani Valli]

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4.5 rating

Comment 1: Marvelous Book! The way P.L writes the book takes you into an era not so far back in time yet so much different from today. He takes you into the life of the ordinary and creates such a strong bond with the characters and situation that you tend to not read it but live it. The stories and characters make you nostalgic about a past you haven't experienced since they are nothing but reminiscence of his days of the past. The characters are interesting, relatable and once encountered, unforgettable. Comment 2: Superb collection of character sketches. Each character is so unique and described in a very interesting way. Some characters make u laugh, some surprise you, some put smile on your face and some wet the corners of your eyes. Antu Barva, Nanda Pradhan, Sakharam Gatne, Chitale master, Pestonkaka, Narayan are some of the best ones. Comment 3: very nice book....very good description about various characters....while reading book you feel that you read about the person you already have in your life.......!!!!!! its very nice book by P.L.Deshpande..!!! must read......!!!!!! Comment 4: You will not find a better book than this. Pu La brings to life every single character in the book - when you finish it you realize you may have met every single character in the book at some point in your life.

Sambhaji

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4.43 rating

Comment 1: काही वरषांपूरवी 'छावा' वाचायला घेतल होतं. पण एका वळणानंतर ते पुढे वाचन केवळ अशकय झालं. या वेळेस मनाचा खूप निरधार करून 'संभाजी' वाचायला घेतल. जो इतिहास वाचायलाच इतकं मन धृढ कराव लागतं, ते आयुषय खर-खुर जगणारे संभाजी आणि तयांचे आपत खुठलया अगनिदिवयातून गेले असतील? किती आणि कसे पांग फ़ेडनार आपण या 'धरमवॆराचे'? Comment 2: Somewhere i had read before that Sambhaji Maharaj gained more glory and following by the sacrifice he made.. his martyr in unparalleled by Any other Maratha king.. Must read novel on a king who just ruled for 9 years, and keeps on you thinking that the course of Maratha history could have been different if he had got some more time to rule with some good people alongside, especially his mother, the beloved queen of Raje Shivaji, Yesubai..

बटाट्याची चाळ [Batatyachi Chaal]

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4.35 rating

Comment 1: Something coming from 'The Master'of marathi literature sets the standard for clean comedy. The exemplary dialogues, unique characters and typical human behaviours have been so nicely woven with simple yet sometime poignant narration of a very light hearted story. It keep a broad smile on your face from first till last page of the book. If you understand Marathi, it is a must read. Comment 2: An absolute masterpiece on the daily lives and occurrences viewed through the writers experiences, the book will make you laugh but at times without knowing draw tears. If Dickens had Copperfield then PuLa had Rege, Barve, Sammel Kaka....characters you will find in everyday life but with their way to extract everything from it. This book is PhuLa(full) of life Comment 3: Pu La is very dear author to me. He is like a funny grandpa. His linguistic skills are so awesome and elegant... you don't even realize he used some tricky twist in the statement, but that will sure make you smile. Comment 4: You can't possibly critique Maharashtra's most beloved,popular,whimsical ,surreal author.Here are few lines dedicated to my favourite author.

असा मी असामी [Asa Mi Asami]

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4.41 rating

Comment 1: Voilà !!! I always think that story writing can be made with or without any natural gifts. but, for Humor and Horror fiction, writer must have god gift/ natural talent. Pu.la.Deshpande is one of them. this is first time i read Pu. La Deshpande's book. and I am seriously feeling myself Omg!!! why I didn't read it before.. always busy reading in international novels. But, now this book changes everything. Looking forward for more :)(less) Comment 2: Asa mi asami is a story of a lower middle class man who doesn't want to make any impression on the world and just live the normal life, but has to move on with the life and change with the world nonetheless... Good auto-bio with lots of humour... Comment 3: it the the I can't read in library. if read it in public place , people stares as I'm released from mental hospital.. Comment 4: One of the best books in Marathi Literature. Aah, the pleasure of reading books by P. L. Deshpande !!!

Zunj

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4.1 rating

Comment 1: There is lot of material available on Raja Shivaji, Sambhaji raje as well as to certain extent Peshwe & their rule. however, behind these succesful figures there were great contributions of different sardars, who were loyal & made maratha rule proud & extensive. The history could never be complete without the stories. facts about these heroes & their lives. Author has made a wonderful attempt through this novel to bring forward the life aspects of Yashwantrao holkar before all of Comment 2: this book is about the life of maharaja yashvantrao holkar and his strugle with high class mentality and ,peshwa bajirao, shinde,english army.

Pavankhind

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4.26 rating

Comment 1: Even though this is the story of Baji Prabhu Deshpande, one of the great generals in Shivaji's army, throughout the story you can sense the towering presence of Shivaji's personality in the background. Whether it is the war against Bandals, construction of fort under the guidance of Baji or even siege to Panhala and subsequent escape plan, you can clearly see and feel the strategy and thinking of Shivaji. Rest all generals were in awe Comment 2: सवतःचया परजेवर आणि सैनयावर पितयापरमाणे परेम करणारा राजा आणि तयाचयावरील निषठेपायी सवराजयाचया यजञात पराणांची आहुती देणारे सैनिक यांची कथा Comment 3: This book is great. Author is a good story teller, story of legendary "Baji Prabhu Despande" the great maratha general of King Shivaji's army. This book take you to the times of Shivaji and tell us the story of general Baji Prabhu, his devotion to the king & kingdom, his courage and fight for hindavi swarajya.

Amrutvel

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3.91 rating

Comment 1: excellent book from the great auther V S Khandekar....it tells us that we cant be judgemental on the person's behavior on the basis of someone's experience with them...there is always the other side of the story of their own..and it is right from their angle...the concept of wrong and right is always biased to the person we are listening. In this book there is one story from different angles and justified by the different characters of the story..and all the justifications given by them are righ Comment 2: Before I write my review, I should mention that I love V. S. Khandekar's writing and I have read many short stories and novels by him. I enjoyed reading "Amrutvel", but I did not like the ending. Also I find the storyline somewhat similar to Jane Eyre, modified to suit the Indian readers in 70's. Comment 3: Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. In life one has to understand the feelings of others else it would ruined the relation. Also, there is a reason for every action, never have preoccupied mind for sombody's action. Comment 4: Amrutvel is the best book explaining the concept of Love & the language of this book is really fabulous.I really like the meaning of Preeti (i.e love) given in this book.

Majhi Janmathep

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4.36 rating

Comment 1: उस वकत भारत देश अंगरेजों की गुलामी में जी रहा था. तब हिनदुसथान के खूंखार कैदियों को जिनहें लंबी सजा मिली है ऐसे कैदियों को रखने के लिए नयी जेल जो हिनदुसथानकी सरहद से कोसो दूर चारो तरफ से पानी से घिरे टापू पर बनाना तय हुआ . यह टापू कलकतता याने आज का कोलकाता से १२९९ किलोमीटर दूर दकषिण में और मदरास से याने आज के चेननई से १३६२ किलोमीटर दूर पूरव में बंगाल की खाड़ी में याने हिंद महासागर में सथित है . यह एक छोटासा मगर बहोत सरे दवीप समूहों का पुंज है जिसका नाम है अंदमान निकोबार दवीप समूह . अंदमान दवीप पर

Partner

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4.08 rating

Comment 1: I am nothing to review this book. This is something that changes your view towards life. Va.PU. surely sees world differently than others. The story is simply amazing. It makes us accept some bitter truths of human life. He has written on relations and relatives in few but effective words. And that Comment 2: पारटनर… हया पुसतकाबददल मी काय लिहु… एक विलकषण परेम-कहाणी जी मानवी भाव - भावनांचे कंगोरे दाखवते… Comment 3: This is first book of VP I read. and I become fan of VP. This book is about relationships.You can say different colors of relationships. You start thinking about life differently. Thanks for writing such a beautiful book VP. Love you.. Comment 4: The way Va Pu sees the world, the way he sees the people, the way he molds them into word and the way he represents the bitter reality of life makes you numb at times. Partner is the best impression of his brilliance.

Mahanayak - A fictionalized biography of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

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4.29 rating

Comment 1: Westerners may be more familiar with Gandhi, but it's a shame. Subhas Chandra Bose was as great a man, and more people should learn about him. This is just the book for that. It's is novelization of the man's life, and allows you to imagine yourself living at the time Bose began his quest for Indian independence. Much easier to absorb than a history book, you can learn about Bose's campaign against the British. Had it been successful, Indian independence would have occurred before the end of WWI Comment 2: 2.5/5.An old-fashioned biography that heaps excessive praise and emotions; so sometimes got tedious to read. But it was very good in parts, especially the author bringing out Netaji's conflict in ideology and politics with M.K. Gandhi. The author has been mildly satirical and critical in his treatment of Gandhiji as a politician and separating the Mahatma that he was in personal life from the politician. The book is quite long, almost 950 pages and the second half could have been trimmed to make Comment 3: It's one of the well researched works on a great leader and a great son of India Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It at least attempts to uncover the "covered-up" facts about him, which Congress tried to hide.

Raarang Dhang

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4.29 rating

Comment 1: एका वेगळया वाटेवरची कथा. हिमालयाचया उंच दुरगम परदेशात काम करणारी वेगवेगळया सवभावाची माणसं, तयांचा कधी निसरगाशी, कधी इतर माणसांशी तर कधी सवत:शीच चालू असलेला संघरष खूप उततम परकारे मांडलाय. हिमालयातलया मोकळया, शांत वातावरणाचा मुंबई सारखया गजबजलेलया शहरातून आलेलया माणसावर होणारा परिणाम, आरमी ची शिसत, ती जपणारे अधिकारी, घरापासून दूर राहून काम करणारे सैनयाचे लोक, तसच सथानिक कामगार आणि तयाचं आयुषय हया सरव गोषटी खूप सहजपणे लिहिलया असूनही मनाला भावतात. परतयेक पातराचं सवत:चं एक वयकतितव आहे, विचार आहेत आण

Shahenshah

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4.12 rating

Comment 1: He who murdered his own brothers, He who jailed his own father, He who is a villain of Shivaji's stories, He was the one who with his long lived life & a unclaimed, huge power over complete Hindusthan is explored in this novel. Aurangzeb was actually a viewed in negative way by many of us & historians, this novel does not try to underline this feature of him that we know this day, but it also focuses on certain aspects that very few people are aware. His loyalty towards his rule & a Comment 2: Brilliantly written book!!! I never felt like reading this book just b'coz it was based on Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. But dunno how, I suddenly decided up to read it. Almost many of us know Aurangzeb as a cruel emperor who ascended throne by defeating his brothers and imprisoning his father and not to mention as an enemy of Shivaji Maharaj. Comment 3: A good, comprehensive Biography of Aurangzeb, the Mughal King who was practically the last of the great Mughals. He is not found occupying place of pride in public consciousness but reading a book on him has made him better understood for me. Well written, though the character had limited scope of exploration being quite dour and devout.

Kajalmaya

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3.94 rating

In this Sahitya Akademi Award winning collection, G.A. delves into the sorrow, frustration and despair of a human being on his eternal quest for meaning in life. This feeling of helplessness hangs like a black cloud over his characters' lives. Such is the author's craft, that in spite of the general pessimism, the reader comes away with the thought that there is still hope!

Durdamya

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4.5 rating

Comment 1: दुरदमय एक अपरतिम कादंबरी आहे जयाचया मधये एका वादळाचा परवास दिलेला आहे. ते वादळ महणजे लोकमानय टिळक. आज जेवहा देशदरोही सवताला महणून घेणे ही एक परतिषठेची लकषण झालेले आहे तेवहा ही कादंबरी खरच एकदा वाचून काढावी कारण हे सवातंतरय मिळवणया साठी किती लोकांना आहुती दयाला लागली हयाची जरा तरी जान आपलयाला होईल आणि मग शरम वाटेल कि आपण सवातंतरयाला किती गृहीत धरतो. गाडगीळ हयांनी कादंबरीची सात भाग केले आहेत आणि परतयेक भागा मधये टिळकांचया जिवनाचे परतिबिंब दिले आहे . Comment 2: Excellent book on Balgandhar Tilak. Nicely portrays nice life, work and his relationships with his contemporaries such M.G Ranade, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Agarkar, Gandhi, Jinnah etc. Must read for any one interested in Indian history, who can read and understand Marathi.

Mrunmayee

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3.72 rating

Comment 1: A girl learns bhajans since her childhood from her father & grows up listening to fascinating stories of god & devotion of different saints towards almighty, it becomes her world & a centre of her dedication. The book brings out old religious thought of advaita, getting to a level in life where there is no distinction between almighty & us, our body, mind, thoughts are all devoted to him with no desires, the one who achieves this stage of permananda becomes the closed one to god,

Amcha Baap Aan Aamhi (आमचा बाप आन् आम्ही)

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3.97 rating

Comment 1: This is one most inspirational book i have ever read. The struggle of Dr. Narendra Jadhav was tremendous which give us all very important life lessons. In this book Sir Also Shows How we should respect our parents and elders even though they are not as educated as you. At last Sir have to decide between choosing a high paying job and becoming a Chancellor of University of Pune, and Narendra Sir From the beginning always want to serve the nation so he decided to go with the position in the Pune U Comment 2: i read this book 5 years ago. it's one of my favourite books. And the way doctor explain it is so beautiful . truly inspirational with a touch of love & fun. Comment 3: as said in case of this book " a miracle in the Marathi literature" it proves it to be true. Inspiring & most of the times, it will make you inward. Comment 4: Must read. Inspirational story of how education change a persons life and take it up to highest level.

Hindutva

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3.58 rating

Comment 1: This is one of the most influential books of modern India. Keep that in mind - influential. It is the origin of Hindutva as an ideology. Before beginning this book I prepared myself and gave all concessions. To be honest my first negative remark is not its fanaticism but its gross verbosity. But what I was not prepared for was its romanticism. Nationalism, patriotism, and pride are presented in the most fashionable manner making these even attractive. Let me sum the book up in these lines that a

अपूर्वाई [Apoorvai]

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4.23 rating

A Travleogue to London

नाझी भस्मासुराचा उदयास्त [Nazi Bhasmasuracha Udyast]

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4.24 rating

Comment 1: One of the amazing books that I have read on the years of Nazi Germany. Gripping war descriptions, a view of world politics then, candid explanations of atrocities, and wonderful insights on the life of Adolf Hitler from his birth to being at helm, his strengths and weaknesses, and as the title says - the rise and fall of Nazi rule. A must read for a history lover. Comment 2: Awesome book. Author has also explained the better side of Hitler along with the weaknesses. He was true and great patriot. Book give very good idea about the political situations in 2nd world war. Comment 3: If you want to know Adolf Hitler truly you should buy this book. Kanitkar sir takes us into the history and we get lost into it while reading this book. Comment 4: An interesting read. As it is said, "History is written by survivors". This is the other side of the WW II story.

Sattantar

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3.97 rating

Time flows relentlessly and so does the struggle. It does not take a break. If at all there is any change then it is in the form of high tide or overflowing. It is always on the side of worsening. Whenever there are more mouths to feed, a lot of people around this struggle reaches to peak. Whenever sharing land and food becomes inevitable, resistance is unavoidable. Confrontation is at its worst when someone tries to intrude our caste and our system and then tries to break through the impregnable walls of society. Those who are really able to speak, often blurt out their anger and antagonism through words. Those who are not able to speak out, reflect their love and hatred through actions, body language and so on. Once struggle starts, it takes a hideous form. Words appear to be deficient. Weapons take place of words then. Whenever there is a shortage of weapons, then often tusks and nails are used in place. Struggle envelopes everything.

Vyas parv

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4.4 rating

Comment 1: महाभारतावर जी चिंतनपर पुसतकं वाचनात आली तयापैकी हे नककीच लकषात राहणयाजोगे आहे. चरितरपर पुसतके खूप जाहली. मृतयुंजय पासून ते युगंधर परयंत एकेका करतयाचया बाजूने अकखे महाभारत विषद केले गेले. पण वयासपरव हे तया सरवांपेकषा वेगळे ठरते. वयासपरव हे दुरगाबाईंना दिसलेले महाभारत आहे.

Pais

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3.74 rating

Comment 1: There is a magic in her language, it not only lures you, provokes you to read ahead & further more...during her travel to different religious places, she had shared her experiences & introvert thoughts... through out these 13 different writings...just cant stop reading it.....!

Akashashi Jadale Nate

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4.18 rating

Comment 1: बालवयात वाचलेलं माझं पहिलं खगोलशासतरीय पुसतक. तया वयात ते कितपत कळलं होतं हे आता आठवत नाही, पण आयुषयभरासाठी एक मौलिक असा ठेवा मातर मला सापडला. मला न कळणाऱया शासतरीय संजञा मी वडिलांना विचारायचे आणि ते हि तितकयाच उतसाहाने माझया कुतूहलाला परोतसाहन देऊन, शंकांचं निरसन करायचे. एका अरथी, आमहा दोघांचया वैजञानिक वाचन परवासाची सुरुवात नारळीकरांचया हया पुसतकाने झाली. केपलर, कोपरनिकस, हरशेल, नयूटन यांचया आयुषयातलया काही वैजञानिक गमतीजमती वाचताना तया लकषात राहिलयाच आणि सोबत परेरणादायी देखील ठरलया. 'आयुका' ब

Baluta

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4.13 rating

Comment 1: So glad I finished this book. It was an exercise in masochism to be honest. Am not blaming either the author or the translator for that. Just that his life that he describes, so far removed from the privilege we are used to, isn't easy to read. Imagine having to grow up through all that. But it's interesting and also gives you hope about life, that in between all the hardships one faces, there are always phases or moments when one finds some happiness, or at least moments where one can forget al Comment 2: Well, after reading this book the first thing that came to my mind was Shanta Gokhale's preface in the book and how she speaks about daily reports of Dalit atrocities blunting our sensibilities. I felt no shock. In fact I was quite distressed about the fact that the book did not trouble me immediately. Another part of me was very tormented and wanted to completing shut off my thoughts . I felt helpless. It filled with rage and despair. Comment 3: अतयंत सुसथितीत जीवन जगणाऱया तुमहा आमहाला कलपनाही करता येणार नाही अशा एका भयाण वासतवाचया साकषीदाराचा तितकाच भयाण पण परेरणादायी जीवनपरवास.

Musafir(Marathi)

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4.2 rating

Comment 1: IIT Powai चा chemical engineer आदिवासी चळवळीसाठी तुरुंगात काय जातो, तिथून निघून पोटा पाणयासाठी महणून एका software company मधये नोकरीला लागतो आणि अभिमानाला ठेच लागून थेट IBM मधये नोकरी काय मिळवतो, जगभरातील software चया विदयारथयांसाठी पुसतके काय लिहितो आणि पाहता पाहता software giants चा CEO होतो. सगळंच अचाट. मनात आणलं तर सवतःची software company सुरू करता येत असूनही, autistic मुलांसाठी "आशियाना" सुरू करतो. अशा एका अवलिया वयकतिमतवाचं हे आतमचरितर परतयेकाने वाचायलाच हवं. "मी एकटा / एकटी काय करू"? असा Comment 2: अचयुत गोडबोले यांनी आजपरयंत जी पूसतके लिहिली आहेत तया पूसतकांचया परसतावना वाचून तयांचयाबददल जाणून घेणयाची उतसुकता निरमाण वहायची या पूसतकाचया निमितताने ती इचछा पूरण झाली. मुसाफिर हे लेखकाचे आतमचरितर असले तरी "तो काळ" या आतमचरितराचा नायक वाटतो. लेखकाचया सोपया आणि सुटसुटीत लेखनशैलीमुळे वाचकांचया दृषटीने अनोळखी असलेले पैलू देखील ओळखीचे होतात. इतकया वेगवेगळया कषेतरात मुशाफिरी केलयानंतर आतमचरितराचे मुसाफिर नाव समरपकच आहे.

सात सक्कं त्रेचाळीस

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3.7 rating

Comment 1: This is this third book I've read by Kiran Nagarkar and found it haunting me days after finishing it. My first intuition after reading it was to want to read it again someday. Not immediately, but a few years from now. The nature of the writing is so personal, even addressing the narrator's lover as "you", placing the reader in the text. There is no fluff in this book either. All of the moments blend from meaningful to meaningful interaction, often defined by Kushank's sexual relationships with Comment 2: Tough-to-comprehend! One of the most difficult books to read, and coming from Kiran Nagarkar, I was left wondering what the hype about it was all about. Yes, there are Nagarkar's gems interspersed all over, but the non-linear approach and the lack of adequate punctuation baffled me. Probably, I need to read it again. Or read it in the original Marathi. Comment 3: what a pleasure to read, it has been. it bothers me the way this book is so underrated. and some complaining about not making the head or tail of it! ah it's not supposed to be read this way (i guess ). don't worry about understanding the story, let the prose take over you. the prose is so delightful.... Comment 4: On further reflection, this book is just too good for the 4 stars I gave it in the morning. It is a series of fragments of the life of Kushank Purandare as he steps out into the big bad world. Totally irreverent, sometimes crude, sometimes touching, always with an undercurrent of humour.

जावे त्यांच्या देशा [Jave Tyanchya Desha]

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4.11 rating

Comment 1: भटकंती आणि वाचन या छंदांचया संगमावर राहणाऱया परतयेकाला आनंद देईल असे हे पुसतक. Comment 2: The travelogue written in his usual way...I specifically liked the chapter 'Nilaee', where you actually could visualise the description written about Venice, Italy

Mrityunjaya, The Death Conqueror: The Story Of Karna

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4.54 rating

The search for the meaning of Being is man's eternal quest and the subject of his greatest creations. Shivaji Sawant's Mrityunjaya is an outstanding instance of such a literary masterpiece in which a contemporary Marathi novelist investigates the meaning of the bewildering skein that is life through the personae of the Mahabharata protagonists. For over two decades since its first publication the vast non- Marathi and non-Hindi readership remained deprived of this remarkable exploration of the human psyche till the publication of this English translation by the Writers workshop – a contribution for which there is much to be grateful for. Mrityunjaya is the autobiography of Karna, and yet it is not just that. With deceptive case, Sawant brings into play an exceptional stylistic innovation by combining six "dramatic soliloquies" to form the nine books of this novel of epic dimensions. Four books are spoken by Karna. These are interspersed with a book each from the lips of his unwed mother Kunti, Duryodhana (who considers Karna his mainstay), Shon (Shatruntapa, his foster-brother, who here-worships him), his wife Vrishali to whom he is like a god and, last of all, Krishna. Sawant depicts an uncanny similarity between Krishna and Karna and hints at a mystic link between them, investing his protagonist with a more-than-human aura to offset the un-heroic and even unmanly acts which mar this tremendously complex and utterly fascinating creating of Vyasa.

Yuganta

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4.05 rating

Yuganta studies the principal, mythical-heroic figures of the Mahabharata from historical, anthropological and secular perspectives. The usually venerated characters of this ancient Indian epic are here subjected to a rational enquiry that places them in context, unravels their hopes and fears, and imbues them with wholly human motives, thereby making their stories relevant and astonishing to contemporary readers. Irawati Karve, thus, presents a delightful collection of essays, scientific in spirit, yet appreciative of the literary tradition of the Mahabharata. She challenges the familiar and formulates refreshingly new interpretations, all the while refusing to judge harshly or venerate blindly.Irawati Karve (1905 1970) was born in Burma and educated in Pune. A Master s degree in Sociology from Bombay in 1928 and a Doctoral degree in Anthropology from Berlin in 1930 marked the onset of a long and distinguished career of pioneering research. She wrote in both English and Marathi, on academic subjects as well as on topics of general interest, and thus commanded an enviably wide circle of readership. Whether through her Hindu Society: An Interpretation, a scholarly treatise in English, or through Yuganta: The End of an Epoch, her study in Marathi of the characters and society in the Mahabharata, we obtain ample illustration of the range and quality of Irawati Karve s mind.

मराठी वाङ्मयाचा (गाळीव) इतिहास [Marathi Vangmayacha Gaaliv Itihaas]

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4.06 rating

Comment 1: This is a "MUST Read" book! The satire is pleasing, and the humor too is soothing! One can start reading it from anywhere in between. Worth reading! I enjoyed and liked reading this book! Comment 2: short and funny. उपहास आणि सहज विनोदाने भरलेलं मजेदार पुसतक.

हसवणूक [Hasawanuk]

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4.21 rating

Comment 1: Another hilarious book by this author, theres always a speciality of PL that through his writing he easily brings out contradiction in life which touches common man, since common man sees n experiences this contrast closely in his n other social life

गणगोत [Ganagot]

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4.1 rating

Comment 1: पु. लं. नी तयांचया आयुषयात सहवास लाभलेलया काही वयकतींचे सवभावचितर इथे रेखाटलेले आहे. अनेक नावाजलेलया तर काही सामानय पण आता पु.लं. चया लेखणीने अमर झालेलया वयकतीरेखा आपलयाला या पुसतकात भेटतात. जुना काळ आणि आता जुनी पण महणता येतील अशी माणस वाचताना आनंद देतात तसच दुरावलयाच दुखः सुदधा. Comment 2: Unlike most of his humorous writing, he has also perfectly narrated about few real gems came in his life, after all its people who we learn something from & who add important chapters to our life, most of these personalities are unknown to this generation, his work therefore is valuable from this point of view

The Return of Vaman: A Science-Fiction Novel

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3.88 rating

A very popular sci-fi story translated into different languages.

The Return of Vaman - A Scientific Novel (Science and Fiction)

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3.88 rating

This collection of science fiction writings by Jayant V. Narlikar offers readers a unique glimpse into the world-famous Indian astrophysicist’s vivid and highly imaginative concepts and stories.The fictional material comprises a witty short story ("The rare idol of Ganesha") that cleverly explores the possible consequences of a mirror-symmetric individual in the context of cricket test match performances, as well as the fast-paced, gripping science fiction thriller "The return of Vaman": when an alien container is unearthed by a crew of scientists, the enormous potential technological applications of its contents bring various criminal elements on the scene – but when the real danger becomes apparent it is almost too late to save humanity.Last but not least, the book provides readers with extensive insights into the genesis and scientific background of the fictional material presented in this volume, along with an autobiographical account of the author’s life-long interest in science fiction and his contributions to the genre.About the author:Jayant V. Narlikar is internationally known for his work in cosmology, in particular for championing models alternative to the standard big-bang theory. He was president of the cosmology commission of the International Astronomical Union from 1994 to 1997. He has received several national and international awards and honorary doctorates - he is a Bhatnagar awardee, as well as recipient of the M.P. Birla award, the Prix Janssen of the French Astronomical Society and an Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society of London. He is Fellow of the three Indian national science academies as well as of the Third World Academy of Sciences. Well beyond his scientific research, Prof. Narlikar is widely known as a science communicator through his books, articles and radio/TV programs and he was honored by the UNESCO in 1996 with the Kalinga Award.He made his debut in science fiction writing in 1974, by winning the top prize in the story writing competition organized by the Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, a non-governmental organization engaged in science popularization.

Aahe manohar tari

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4.06 rating

Comment 1: I remember I had a lesson in my book in school days named "Darshanmatre" which was an extract from this book, I read this book after I finish my school, when I came across this specific extract, I recollected my marathi teacher & how she taught this chapter to us...it was just a awesome feeling, dont know why couldn't I complete it, so request you all not to go through the ratings I have given since I didnt read it completely, I found it very narrative too...a lot much narration, bores me..d Comment 2: It took 25 years to read after I read some extract in newspaper. somehow I use to avoid it . I do not like autobiography much. but the attraction of this book was long since i read some part of the book. one can feel the turmoil of very liberal intelligent rebel yet sensitive and down to earth woman her dreams passion and though living with Pu La ;following her own separate dreams was amazing . sticking to your principles yet accepting the tough reality is the course of life . Comment 3: A very genuine thoughtprocess .... one of my favriout book ... an independant personality .. always a very inspiring personality to all ladies from our society .... from mass to class

Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch

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4.08 rating

Yuganta The End Of A Epoch [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2015] IRAWATI KARVE ...

Gandhihatya ani mi

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4.08 rating

Gopal Vinayak Godse is a convict of Gandhi assasination, his younger brother Nathuram Godse killed Gandhi in 1948. This book written by Gopal Godse brings out the facts behind & about that incident & its consequences upon him & his family