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A ho aurr Dimag khali toh Vastvikta me ruchi nahi rahti hai Through him the book takes a dig at the lazy intellectualism that hides impotence behind a cloak of facile sentimentalism Secondly the story of Shivpalganj and its various institutions delightfully tells the fact that institutions are maintained by the force of those who inhabit them No grand theoretical design can be a help in face of crooked timber of humanity Ambedkar would have been happy being validated Finally the book is filled with deep satire at a whole range of issues Indian social practices like caste United Nations Indian education system Indian public policy and of course the infamous Indian bureaucracy This sarcasm will make you happy and sad both at the same time happy by entertaining you with its wit and sad with the depressing reality it capturesThis book is a classic of Hindi literature And rightly so There can be no better account of ground realty of Indian democracy And perhaps if one is honest enough with oneself there can be no better unveiling of one s own daily hypocrisies After all democracy is a reflection of our own deepest selves So read it for unmasking not ust the Indian democracy but your own self One of the best books I have ever read Awesome satire and comical book Everyone who is interested in knowing how our great country actually runs must read it OutstandingBrilliantHaven t read a better satireNot a single line of the novel could be skippedEach sentence is filled with wit and aphorism Humour is so subtle and finely woven in the fabric of the story that you keep chuckling to yourself throughout while marveling at the imagination of the author The first paragraph of the book describing a truck parked by the roadside sets the tone of the novel Thereafter it s a hilarious ourney through the rural landscape of Shivpalganj where Ganjhas engage in a social and political discourse during the third five year plan The artfulness of Vaidji the narcissism of Rupan Babu the bluntness of Badri pahalwan and the thick headedness of Chhote pahalwan add colour to the story It s the liberal but careful use of similes metaphors and personifications that makes this novel exceptionally witty For all those who re not used to reading books in Hindi an English translation of the book is also availableBut it s best enjoyed in Hindi Do check out the full book review on our blog Rag Darbari by Shrilal Shukla Book reviewShrilal Shukla is known as one of the prominent Hindi authors The first time I have read Shrilal Shukla s work is in my school s Hindi syllabus It also had mentioned of Raag Darbari since then I wanted to read this bookThis story is set in the village Shivpalganj Uttar Pradesh the period is of post independence The villager called themselves Ganjha referring their village nameRangnath who is MA in history comes to the village to gain some health as he was Ill With The Disease He with the disease He t able to catch a train as he thought the train will be 2 hours late but it was ust 15 hours late After this he reuests a truck driver to leave him at Shivpalganj In this short ourney he sees the condition of poor and congested roads the corruption of traffic policeSo he finally reaches Shivpalganj in his uncle Vaidyji s house Vaidyji is a k If i were marooned on a god forsaken island WITH JUST ONE BOOK THIS IS THE ONE I just one book this is the one i wish to have Hilarious sarcastic and intense it has the same charm even if you read it for the n th time The modern day shining India depicted through a village in a most natural manner make it one of the best satires you ll ever come across The book is full of conversations reading which you d be compelled to pause for a while and have a laugh A must read. H ussi zindagi ke dastavej hain 1968 mein raag darbari ke prakashan ek mahatavpuran sahityik ghatna thi 1970 mein isse sahityik akadami puraskar se sammanit kiya gaya aur 1986 mein ek durdarshan dharavahik ke roop mein isse lakho darshako ki sarahana prapt hui.

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Predominantly being a reader of English books I did not expect a Hindi novel to provide a heavy dose of satire and Hindi novel to provide a heavy dose of satire and Raag Darbari is an immaculate representation of Independent "India That S Marching Towards Modernism Yet " that s marching towards modernism yet no signs of transformation The ways of the world and the cities of the country for that matter remain relatively unknown to villages and a twisted mindset that exists among the village folk is highlighted with almost perfect subtlety at every stage in the story This book deserves much than applause or a shout out to our literary prowess It takes great skill to pull off satire in the midst of corruption and decadence Rag Darbari manages to do ust that and the medium of Hindi is one of the main reason behind that achievementSet in the small fiction town of Shivpalganj the novel moves through different aspects of corruption gullibility and bullheadedness found in the rural folks Shukla comically highlights the bureaucratic sclerosis in the provincial establishment and the emergence of local satraps in small towns who oscillate between the unaware people and the unmindful government While any reader would find the novel engaging the one from small towns and villages of North India will be able to relate to it most closely and laugh harder on author s comic ibes Shukla doesn t spend any space on giving natural or philosophical descriptions or providing his worldview about the topics in the novel He is direct and to the point a special uality that comes off best in the Hindi language From mocking the laughable court sessions for cases filed by villagers against one another to the farce of electing a local fool as a village sarpanch the author has in a way tried to put his hand in that village local pond and draw out the mud on its floor Besides the subtle sarcasm another thing that sets this book apart is the presence of colorful characters in the novel There is the town leader vaidya i who started off by selling the village youth formulas for sexual strength and employs a local fool Sanichar later gets him elected sarpanch of the village Local bullheadedness or what we call dheetpan is represented by chote pehalwan who can never keep his tongue and attitude under control Then there is langar a crippled resident who out of his determination not to pay a bribe has been circling around regional government office for than a year And finally Pandit Radheylal an acclaimed liar who would become a witness in anyone s case for some money and had the unblemished record of never being trumped by any lawyer in the history of district court cross uestioning Shukla also constantly throws in passages describing the poor sanitation visible in rural areas with a style easily identifiable to a village observer The lack of cleanliness in rural areas is the reason that Gandhi gave so much stress on sanitation in villages and the present government is pushing its swachh bharat campaign so vigorously However the best part is that Shukla doesn t Religious Authority in the Spanish Renaissance just delves in rural stagnation but also describes the slow change that is happening in the independent India From evolving caste politics to politically empowered but dumb local youth he makes the readers see the change from the eyes of characters such as a college educated youth Ranganath who comes to the village to coalesce from his illness and gets sucked into local issues Rag Darbari doesn t attempt to give a conclusion Itust presents a snippet of small town life while underlining several sociological phenomenon The book for me is undoubtedly the best of all the Hindi novels I have read till now even better than Premchand father of Hindi literature Read it to feel the best of Hindi satire. Raag Darbari ek aisa upanyas hain The Intentional Brain jo ganv ki katha ke madhyam se aadhunik bhartiyaeevan ki mulyaheenta ko sahajta aur narmata se anavrat karta hain Shuru se aakhir tak itane nissang aur saudedeshya vyangaya ke sath likha agay hindi ka shayad ya pahla vrahat. And an Indian eual to Catch 22 Raag Darbari is a lesson in Cynicism It Is A It is a satire on the so called intellectuals of modern India and although the book was written in 68 it remains relevant and contemporary till dateRead it for stark dark humor Set in rural India post independence the focus is on the political agitations in the village societyEvery couple of pages have that sarcastic punch on the government and system which will have you rolling And the fun actually sad part is all of the sarcastic pokes still holds true after 50 years when it was first publishedEasy flowing Hindi topped with some Avadhi dialect conversations making it humorous throughoutI love books which have intelligent chapter titles This one is devoid of chapter titles and yet is precious than chapter titles for its uniue art It has different stamp sized inscriptions at the beginning of every chapter which relates to the chapter setting Shrilal Shukla s masterpiece Raag Darbari is a representative novel of the rapidly changing
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degrading values ethos in s rural heartland post independence Ranganath a research scholar looking for some recuperation and tired of banalities in urban life arrives in a village called Shivpalganz Once there he comes across Vaidyaji a distant relation the village tout Vaidyaji literally rules over the village with two of his sons acting as his henchmen most of his cronies occupying important positions the Sarpanch the police station in charge etc in the village Their complete domination over the socio economic aspects of Shivpalganz is covert subtle rather than being overt out in the face Amid all these the protagonist s desire to find peace serenity tranuility in the village life slowly falls apart Ranganath discovers that the concept of village life being purer than city life is a myth that s been shattered with the influx of petty politics turf feuds dubious morality into rural lifeShrilal Shukla s Shivpalganz is not Punishing the Art Thief just one village but it epitomizes any Indian village that underwent a transformation in the face of the social political changes sweeping the country Similarly Ranganath is a representative of the common educated Indian who find himself hapless clueless in the face of rapid degradation in values My limited abilities with words may not do fullustice to this masterpiece But Shukla with his writing style superb understanding of village life brings Shivpalganz to the realm of reality around the reader It would suffice to say that Shukla does to Shivpalganz what Narayanan did to Malgudi albeit in an entirely different dimensionI could not read the original Hindi version blame it "on limited knowledge of the language but read an Odia Oriya translation while in school an English translation later However that "limited knowledge of the language but read an Odia Oriya translation while in school an English translation later However that t diminish my appreciation of this epic novelNote A tele serial of the 90s was based on this novel had the same name It had Om Puri playing Ranganath the chief protagonist Indian democratic moment was of huge celebration in theory a largely poor and unlettered society marching on a leap of faith by introducing universal adult franchise And after 70 years it will not be an exaggeration to say that India has built itself robust democratic institutions But is this success only a superficial one hiding beneath a depressing story That is the uestion Raag Darbari explores and in what ruthless take no prisoners style Rangnath an educated youth with grand idealism in his heart meets the reality of Indian society and politics in a village And he finds himself overwhelmed and amazed at the fact that despite grand book learning how detached he was from reality He embodied what Hazari Prasad Dwedi once wrote Jab Dil bhar. Upanyas hain Phir bhi raag darbari vyangaya katha nahi hain Iska smabandh ek bade nagar se kuch durr base hue ganv ki zindagi se hain o itne varsho ki pragati aur vikas ke naro ke bavjud nihit swartho aur anek avanshaneeya tatavo ke saamne ghisat rahi hain Ya.
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