He could not finish novels and stories that he had started writing, but passed on his imagination and love of literature to Sarat Chandra. After the death of Bhuvanmohini in , the family was supported by various other family members during hard times. One of his brothers, Swami Vedananda, later became a disciple at Belur Math. Sarat Chandra was a daring, adventure-loving boy. First Arts examination or attend college due to lack of funds.
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Now that name, the moment someone tells my mom that I read and blabbered about a Sarat Chandra classic, she will own me back saying "Whose son is he after all? Yes Yes! Parineeta The Married Woman is a very straight forward and simple story of a teenage orphan girl Lalita. Shekhar never questions her, even as they grow a few years and the life changes around them, they do not change.
The story has a twist when a third person comes in their subtle lives and changes it once and for all. Who is that person and how the equation changes is why you should read the book. Also, how a teenage girl becomes a Parineeta without officially getting married is the high-point of the novel, being a hardcore romantic from heart, it worked so beautifully for me and I kept cursing Shekhar throughout for not listening to his heart and give up so much in the name of stupid ego.
Fortunately with these masters the best part of the story is that there are no villains, it is rather the situations which play a spoil sport and no story goes straight anywhere. And that is the best thing about these classics I believe. I was totally floored by the simplicity of it all yet the way Author decides to make it more complex, leaves no stone upturned in keeping the reader hooked in a huge dilemma asking "Why O Why, spare them please".
On top of that the timeline of the story is early 20th century, on one side we have the Lalita and her uncle at the rock bottom of the economical chain and then we have Shekhar belonging to a super rich family, the severe divide yet the strong connection.
How it all pans out in the end is what you have to read the book for. And please do not tell me and make me more jealous if you have already read the original Bangla version : I will be super jealous of you.
One special thing that I noticed for the first time by any Author, I have never experienced this kind of scenario ever in any kind if literature. There is this situation where a funeral is taking place and the author decides to say "No point getting into the details of the funeral as you can very well assume what all will take place, I will save a few pages by not going into details" :D and he does the same while his characters attend a typical Indian wedding : I was in splits by his simplicity and confidence that his audience will know what he means hence he saves his as well as our precious time too :.
Have you ever read something like this in any books that you have read in the recent past? May be this weekend I will try a little harder and get the movie on Netflix or Amazon prime.
One is that of the very wealthy former gur merchant, Nabin Rai, who has two sons: Avinash, already married; and the unmarried Shekhar, a young lawyer. Next door, beyond a passage connecting the two houses and households lives Gurucharan, a poor clerk whose house has been mortgaged to Nabin RaiGurucharan was compelled to do so because he needed money for his daughters wedding, and Nabin Rai wants to take over his house, raze it, and build a mansion for Two families live next door to each other.
Plus, Lalita and Shekhar are very easy and comfortable with each other: she knows more about his possessions, his clothes and where he keeps them, than he does; she packs for him when he travels; she borrows money from him without asking; she traipses in and out of his room as she pleases, neatening, cleaning, reading. Into this mix is thrown a young man newly arrived from Munger. Parineeta which I read in its Hindi translation, published by Indian Press Limited is a short novel, not even pages long.
The plot is simple, a love story nearly blighted by misunderstanding and pride and the fear of familial opposition. But the simplicity of the story in no way detracts from its readability. The characters are very well-etched, especially those of the three main protagonists, Lalita, Shekhar and Girin.
Why Shekhar behaves as he does, the dilemma he faces, the way his feelings for Lalita change. This is not melodrama, it is restrained. People behave the way real people tend to do, neither being unreasonably obstinate nor hell-bent on having their own way. The bad are not undiluted bad, the good are not angels. It is a little dated in some ways—Lalita, for example, is a mere thirteen years old when the book begins, and the most momentous event of the novel takes place at this time in her life.
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