Tuesday, May 31, 2011



Author: Bhalachandra Nemade
Genre: Fiction
Language: Marathi
Pages: 265
Cost: 225 Rs.
Publisher: Popular Prakashan
First Published: 1963

Bhalchandra Nemade was recently in the news for his controversial book “Hindu” which was as name suggests based on Hindu Religion. “Kosala” is one of the most famous but lesser controversial novel by Bhalchandra Nemade. This book has been translated in many other languages. It has been published in Hindi, Gujrati, Kannada, Assami, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Orria and English. Kosala is not regular factious novel. Bhalachandra Nemade did some experiment in novel writing in 1963 and it worked out quite well.

The book narrates the journey of a young man and his friends through his college years. It is an account of years spent by a protagonist. He is from rural Maharashtra, comes to Pune to pursue higher studies. The best part of this novel is, that there is no romance or any emotional drama involved. If anything there in this book, it has hardcore cynicism. Anyone who had tested failure in life will able to understand the cynicism of the central character. But it is a must read book never the less. If I have to rate this book, I will give it 9 out of 10.

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