Wednesday, March 31, 2010




Author: Kiran Nagarkar
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Pages: 609
Cost: 395 Rs
Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher India
First Published in India: 1997
“Cuckold” is an award winning book of Kiran Nagarkar. Kiran Nagarkar is very interesting author. He wrote his first book “Saat Sakkan Trechalis” in Marathi which also won awards. But it was very much controversial book and many say, that was the reason he moved to English. This book is also no less contentious. Title of the book as well as the subject is very much controversial. The word cuckold means a married man who has an adulterous wife. Now the book sound interesting, isn’t it? Add to it that although the book is fiction, the characters in the book are not fictitious they are real characters from Indian History. So it raised my curiosity and I had to read this book.
As I said earlier book is very much controversial because one of the most important character in this book is “Saint Meerabai”. Although author did not mention her name throughout the book, you get the hint it’s her from the start. At the end of the book author declared it’s her. Now ‘Saint Meerabai’ is divine figure in India, and in the book her husband is ‘Cuckold’ i.e. she is the one has adulterous affair out of marriage which is actually with the “God Krishna”. The book also has lot of sexual overtones which can make the book touchy for many.
But the book is actually not about “Meerabai” but her husband, a prince and supposedly a successor of a throne. And novel is his life story where he has to fight for the throne with his brothers and also with father. I think the book is one of the must read books especially for the people who are interested in Indian history. The book is also translated in Marathi called as “Pratispardhi”.
If I have to rate this book I will give it 8 out of 10.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Quotes from Book "Vidyutprakash"

१. जग मनुष्यांच्या खेळाकरिता निर्माण झालेले नाही, देवाच्या खेळाकरिता ते आहे. माणसे म्हणजे काय? नुसती खेळणि.
२. जुगाराला लोक वाईट म्हणतात; पण खरोखर सगळे जग जुगारी आहे. डॉक्टर रोग्याला वाचविण्याची, वकील आरोपीला फासावरुन सोडविण्याची किंवा मास्तर मुलाला वरच्या इयत्तेत घालण्याची हमी थोडीच देतात! पण लोक त्यांना पैसे देतातच की नाही? शिवाय सगळे जग नशिबावर चालले आहे बघा. जुगार म्हणजे नशीब! आणखी काय आहे दुसरे? जन्म हा जुगार, परीक्षा हा जुगार, लग्न हा जुगार, आणि मरण हाही जुगाराच.

Author – Vi. Sa. Khandekar
Book - Vidyutprakash

Thursday, March 18, 2010




Author: Ranjit Desai

Genre: Novel, Fiction

Language: Marathi

Pages: 244

Cost: 150 Rs

Publisher: Mehta Publishing House

First Published in India: April 1987

“Abhogi” authored by Ranjit Desai, who is one of my most favorite authors. He generally writes historical novels or rather he is more famous for his historical novels. His novels “Shriman Yogi” based on life of “Chatrapati Shivaji maharaj” and “Swami” based on Maratha Peshawa are legendary. He got “Padmashree” for his work in literature. Both these books are Must Read Books. So when I picked up this book, I had great expectations from it. First of all it is not a historical novel.

The book is not his best of work. If I have to rate the book I will give it 5 out of 10.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Quotes from Books "MAYABAZAAR"

१. सगळे वार परतवता येतात, पण अहंकारावर झालेला वार परतवता येत नाही आणि पचवताही येत नाही.
२.शब्दांचा व्याकरणातला अर्थ आणि स्थान हे परीक्षा देताना समजतं आणि त्याच शब्दांचं जीवनाशी काय नातं असतं ह्याचा अर्थ जगताना समजतो. परीक्षेचा हॉल सोडला की परीक्षेचं ओझ झटकता येते. कारण पदवीपुरातच त्या हॉलशी संबंध असतो. पण जगताना शब्द जेव्हा झटकता येत नाहीत तेव्हाच त्याचा खरा अर्थ समजतो.
Author – Va. Pu. Kale.
Book - Mayabazaar

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Must Read Books ..... Part 6

51. Book Name: “Aamacha Pan Gaav”
Language: Marathi
Author: Chi. Vi. Joshi
Genre: Comedy
Pages: 183
Cost: 50 Rs.
Publisher: Continental Prakashan
First Published: 1952

52. Book Name: “Chhawa”
Language: Marathi
Author: Shiwaji Sawant
Genre: Biographical Novel, History
Pages: 861
Cost: 350 Rs.
Publisher: Continental Prakashan
First Published: 1979

53. Book Name: “In An Antique Land”
Language: English
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Genre: Novel, Fiction
Pages: 393
Cost: 150 Rs.
Publisher: Ravi Dayal Publisher
First Edition: 1992

54. Book Name: “Mandeshachi Manase”
Language: Marathi
Author: Vyankatesh Madgulkar
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 168

55. Book Name: “Hitler”
Language: Marathi
Author: Vi. Sa. Walimbe
Genre: Biographical Novel
Pages: 672
Cost: 350 Rs.
Publisher: Majestic Prakashan
First Published: April 1982

56. Book Name: “Watevarachya Sawalya”
Language: Marathi
Author: Ga. Di. Madgulkar
Genre: Bigraphy
Pages: 165
Cost: 40 Rs.
Publisher: Vishwamohini Prakashan
First Published: 14 December 1981

57. Book Name: “Hercule Poirot – The Complete Short Stories”
Language: English
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 864
Publisher: Harper Collins Publication
First Published: 1999

58. Book Name: “The Pregnant King”
Language: English
Author: Devdutt Patnaik
Genre: Novel, fiction,
Pages: 349
Cost: 295 Rs.
Publisher: Penguin Books India
First Published: 2008

59. Book Name: “The 3 Mistakes of My Life”
Language: English
Author: Chetan Bhagat
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 258
Cost: 95/-
Publisher: Rupa and Co.
First Published: 2008

60. Book Name: “Rathchakra”
Language: Marathi
Author: Shri. Na. Pendase
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 207
Cost: 125 Rs.
Publisher: Mauj Prakashan Gruh
First Published: March 1962.