Sunday, August 30, 2009

Book Review: 'Dhanya Anjanicha Sut'

Book Review: “Dhanya Anjanicha Sut”

Author: Aanand Sadhale

Language: Marathi

Pages: 252

Cost: 16 Rs.

Publisher: Navbharat Prakashan

First Published in India: 1975

Aanand Sadhale is author of one of my most favorite books “Ha Jay Navacha Itihas Aahe”. A book which is must read for everyone. A book which taught me there is always another side to the story, even to the History. And there is nothing totally black or totally white, but lots of shades of grey in every one of us. “Ha Jay Navach Itihas Aahe” is a book based on Indian Epic “Mahabharat”. As the name of the book suggests the book states that Mahabharata is a History of Victorious side. If the Kauravas had won the war the story of Mahabharata could have different all together. Aanand Sadhale wrote many books to explain this other side of “Mahabharata”. Aanand Sadhale wrote many such books on almost all the Indian epics. He separates spirituality, holiness and god from all these epics and describe whole epic in logical way. So I think his versions of epics are much more believable. It may be shocking for many of us as these epics were part of our everyday life and beliefs. We are groomed to believe these epics in a certain perspective over generations now. But Aanand Sadhale’s books surely make us think over.

Like ‘Mahabharata’ Aanand Sadhale also authored books on ‘Ramayana’. “Dhanya Anjanicha Sut” is also his one of his version of ‘Ramayana’. In this book he described ‘Ramayana’ taking ‘Hanuman’ as a central character of this book. We all know ‘Hanuman’ as we worship him as god in India and his big role in ‘Ramayana’. But as per his formula or his beliefs Aanand Sadhale kept Godliness out from ‘Hanumana’. He considered him as normal human being and described his story. He applied lot of logic in the book. It is really interesting to consider the other possibility of a story which we are reading, listening and talking about over the generation. If you are very spiritual in nature you might feel the book is little offensive as it does not consider the ‘Hanuman’ as the God but a normal human being. But even without considering as God author did not hurt in any way the legend of ‘Hanuman’. In fact I feel he enhanced in by making him so real.

If I have to rate this book I will give it 6 out of 10. If any of you likes his style of writing, you might also want to have a look at his other work.

His other Books,

1. Ladhai Sampalyavar

2. Ha Jay Navacha Itihas Aahe

3. Amrutmegh

4. Gitgovind

5. Daha Upanishade

6. Matichi Chul

7. Mahapurush

8. Ketaki

9. Asen Mi Matichi

10. Say

11. Abhisar

12. Pranayini

13. Rasmugdha

14. Pari Hari Ha Bramhachari

15. Isapaniti

16. Panchtantra

17. Hitopadesh

18. Vaidehi

19. Ashich Ek Ratra Hoti

20. Dhanya Anjanicha Sut

21. Vasavdatta

22. Kumarsambhav

23. Sakuntala

Monday, August 24, 2009

Honda International Bikes: DN-01


Type: Crossover Motorcycle

Price: starting from $14,599

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Engine Type: 680cc liquid-cooled 52° V- Twin

Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance

Compression Ratio: 10.0:1

Wheelbase: 63.2 inches

Seat Height: 27.2 inches

Curb Weight: 595 lbs

Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gallons, including .08 gallon reserve

Available Colors: Candy Dark Red, Black

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lalbaugcha Raja

“LALBAUGCHA RAJA (The Emperor of Lalbaug)” is name of the popular Ganesh Idol of “LALBAUGCHA RAJA SARVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV MANDAL”.

The Mandal, formerly known as “SARVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV MANDAL LALBAUG” was founded in the year 1934, because of a vow (NAVAS) for construction of the present Lalbaug Market at its existing place.

The market place at Peru Chawl was shut down in 1932. Hence, the fishermen and vendors who used to sit in the open place vowed to Lord Ganesh for permanent place for their market.

With the consistent efforts & support of the then local Councillor-Late Shri. Kuwarji Jethabhai Shah, Dr. V. B. Korgaonkar, Shri.Nakhawa Kokam Mama, Bhausaheb Shinde, Dr.U.A. Rao and the local residents, the landlord Rajabai Tayyabali agreed to give a plot for construction of a market.

As fulfillment of their wish, the fisherman and the traders established the Ganesh Idol on 12.09.1934.

The idol was dressed in the customary fashion of fisherman. Since that day onwards, this Lord Ganesh has become popular as it fulfills the wishes of devotees.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Must Read Books..........Part 1

Must Read Books

1. Book Name: “SATTANTAR”

Language: Marathi

Author: Vyankatesh Madgulkar

Pages: 77

Cost: 25 Rs.

2. Book Name: “KARMACHARI”

Language: Marathi

Author: Va. Pu. Kale

Pages: 168

Cost: 110 Rs.

Publisher: Mehta Publishing House

3. Book Name: “BANGARWADI”

Language: Marathi

Author: Vyankatesh Madgulkar

Pages: 131

Cost: 70 Rs.

Publisher: Mauj Prakashan

4. Book Name: “YAYATI”

Language: Marathi

Author: Vi. Sa. Khandekar

Pages: 419

Cost: 200 Rs.

Publisher: Mehta Publishing House

5. Book Name: “AMRUTVEL”

Language: Marathi

Author: Vi. Sa. Khandekar

Genre: Novel, Friction

Pages: 168

Cost: 150 Rs.

Publisher: Mehta Publishing House

First Published: 1967


Language: Marathi

Author: Pu. La. Deshpande

Genre: Comedy

Pages: 213

Cost: 100 Rs.

Publisher: Mauj Prakashan

7. Book Name: “TOCH CHANDRAMA”

Language: Marathi

Author: Shanta Shelake

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 120

Cost: 100 Rs.

Publisher: Suresh Agency

First Published: 1973


Language: Marathi

Author: Va. Pu. Kale

Genre: Short Stories, Comedy

Pages: 191

Cost: 120 Rs.

Publisher: Mehta Publishing House

First Published: 1984


Language: Marathi

Author: Vasant Kanetkar

Genre: Play, Drama

Pages: 90

Cost: 25 Rs.

Publisher: Indrayani Sahitya

First Published: 6 February 1972


Language: English

Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre: Novel, Friction

Pages: 317

Cost: 263 Rs.

Publisher: Bloomsbury


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