Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Haak Aabhalachi"

BOOK REVIEW “Hak Aabhalachi”

Author: Shri. Na. Pendase

Language: Marathi

Genre: Biographical Novel

Pages: 241

Cost: 200/-

Publisher: Parchure Prakashan

First Published in India: 19 March, 2007

“Hak Aabhalachi” is a biographical novel on ‘Lokmanya Tilak’. Lokmanya Tilak has been my idol from my childhood days. He is one of the top most respected, talented, larger than life, and God like personalities of Maharashtra. He is in the league of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharj for me. We still regret that there are still not enough books on Chatrapti Shivaji Maharaj. Same thing also applies for Lokmanya Tilak. There are hardly any books which elaborates the story of this Maharashtra’s Hero. Only way today’s youth is learning about him is through school books. And that is surely not enough. So when I came across this book I was overjoyed. And other reason to pick this book is that the book is penned by Shri. Na. Pendase, who is one of my favorite authors. So I had huge expectation from this book.

But book does not fulfill any of my expectation. I did not come across any new thing about Lokmanya Tilak’s life which I wasn’t already familiar of. Book is irritatingly repetitive. You will find same story repeated in every chapter. Book is not at all in the form on novel it looks like grouping of essays written on Lokmanya Tilak. As I mention earlier Shri. Na. Pendase is my favorite author. But I did find his class and quality lacking badly in this book. It may be because while writing this book he was really old as he mentioned in prologue. As a fan of his work I really feel sad to say that this is worst book written by him. And saddest thing is that it happened with the book which was based on my idol ‘Lokmanya Tilak’.

Although it is not up to the mark of best novels, youth of Maharashtra and India should read this book. And try to know the great man who served Maharashtra immensely. I hope someone will do more research on him and put light on the life of Tilak. Or after 2-3 decades Lokmanya Tilak will remain as a statue in some junction or name for any train any station any road for next generation. He will fade away from history.

If I have to rate this book I will give it 3 out of 10.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Must Read Books...........Part2

11. Book Name: “Mahanayak”

Language: Marathi
Author: Vishwas Patil
Genre: Biography
Pages: 704
Cost: 300 Rs.
Publisher: Rajahans Prakashan
First Published: 11 November 1998

12. Book Name: “Aanandmath”

Language: Bengali
Author: Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay
Genre: Novel, Fiction
Pages: 140

13. Book Name: “Pawankhind”

Language: Marathi
Author: Ranjit Desai
Genre: Novel, History
Pages: 162
Cost: 100 Rs.
Publisher: Mehata Publishing House
First Published: 3rd March 1981

14. Book Name: “Godfather”

Language: English
Author: Mario Puzo
Genre: Novel, Fiction, Crime
Pages: 367
First Published: 1968

15. Book Name: “Ha Jay Navacha Itihas Aahe”

Language: Marathi
Author: Aanand Sadhale
Pages: 154
First Published: 1963

16. Book Name: “Vishakha”
Language: Marathi
Author: Kusumagraj (Vi. Va. Shirwadkar)
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 111
Cost: 50 Rs.
Publisher: Continental Prakashan
First Published: 1942

17. Book Name: “Raja Shivchhatrapati”

Language: Marathi
Author: Babasaheb Purandare
Genre: Biography, History
Pages: 1000
Publisher: Bharatiya Sanskruti Sanvardhan Mandal

18. Book Name: “Agninritya”
Language: Marathi
Author: Vinayak Savarkar
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 180
Cost: 150 Rs.
Publisher: Manorama Prakashan

19. Book Name: “Shantaram”

Language: English
Author: Gregory David Roberts
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 936
Cost: 435 Rs.
Publisher: Abacus
First Published: 2004

20. Book Name: “The Sicilian”
Language: English
Author: Mario Puzo
Genre: Fiction, Crime
Pages: 410