Premchand godan

But his determination to pay those rupees and to have a cow to provide milk to his grand son, leads to Hori's death because of excessive work. Paperback , pages. Modern readers could feel disgusted with the passive attitude of Hori- but this was the way with the poor peasants-to endure the punishment, injustice and insult inflicted on them-tacitly. An overtly free feminist; a professor who has rudimentary ideas about women while talking about progress of the country; a land-lord who is not heartless as to see his 'asaamis' farmers suffer, but cannot avoid to partake in the bribe that they have paid; a banker who hounds the feminist woman like a pup; his wife, who is the most ideal woman that can ever adorn a household, the very definition of sacrifice; an editor of newspaper which self-confessedly dedicates itself to the rights of the rurals and a lawyer who would sell his soul for commission - these characters make up the high society of the novel. Latest posts in email Enter your email address:

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He wrote both in Urdu and in Hindi and is acclaimed as a master storyteller in both languages. Hori Ram, the protagonist is poor and semi-starved like other peasants of that time. They permit Jhunia to stay with them, although prejchand know that this will mean alienating the entire village. Premchand is best when he writes about the village life.

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Patriarchy, feminism, atheism - all have found their way in this one story. One day, he sees a milkman coming toward him with exactly the kind of cow he wants, but he has to hold his h Describes the Life of a poor farmer Hori and his struggle to keep alive in the milieu of British Raj. Good things happen from time to time, but it's all generally downhill. September Learn how and when to remove this template message.

English Summary of Gaodan

And Premchand is sure a wise philosopher. It depicts how, the peasant India dies day-by-day under the burden of debt which compounds exponentially within years, while those in the higher class are busy with their own little schemes.

The novel, though known, was based on the romances and adventures of medieval patriarchs. This reason was enough for me to give it a shot But Godaan is by no means only the story of Hori and his family. Jul 15, Komal Mehta rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The most gpdan highlighted was the rural life which circulated around Hori.

It was first published in and is considered one of the greatest Hindi novels of modern Indian literature. How situations change the relationships that exist around you?

It covers a period and society in India where exploitation is common. I do not think we would find an India too far removed from the one conceived by Premchand almost a century ago!! His short story 'Kafan' gives you goosebumps. October 31, at Premchand imparted to Urdu fiction an originality, a sympathetic treatment and a social and political awareness. The realism, artistry and tenderness with which he has created the characters here, particularly that of Hori, are unparalleled and unsurpassed in the whole fiction of India.

I am totally blown away by Premchand's dexterity in handling characters! July 19, at The sudden reaction of Dhaniya on making the 'Go-dan' and the story ends with many questions unanswered creating a craving for more.

The characters feel so lively that you forget that they are from a book.


Godaan is not a novel of peasant India. My hindi reading was very premcchand when I started, but the book drew me in, and it is a compliment to it that I read it all, and I read it all with "gusto". Not when one was alive, not on one's death. The hypocrisy of the age and of people, across time and agesthe divide between the poor and the rich, the urban and the rural, the many premchznd of grey in different characters: Roadarmel is now considered "a classic in itself".

View all 26 comments. Themed around the socio economic deprivation as well as the exploitation of the village poor, the novel was the last ogdan novel of Premchand. Lots of typos n grammatical mistakes in the English translation. He used literature for the purpose of arousing public awareness about national and social issues and often wrote about topics related to corruption, child widowhood, prostitution, feudal system, poverty, colonialism and on the India's freedom movement.

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