Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Book Review: "Dhaddhashastri Paranne"

BOOK REVIEW “Dhaddhashashtri Paranne”

Author: Mukundrao Ganpatrao Patil
Genre: Fiction
Language: Marathi
Pages: 119
Cost: 125 Rs.
Publisher: Lokwangmay Gruh
First Published: 1927

“Dhaddhashastri Paranne” is a book first published in 1927 and republished by Lokwangmaya Gruh. Author of this book Mukundrao Ganpatrao Patil was editor of a newspaper Din Mitra. The book is based in early twentieth century. Like his newspaper Mukundrao Patil’s book also criticizing bramhins in Maharashtra. It was a time when there was non-Brahmin movement developing and especially in Pune. This book is example of the same. Although this book is condemning the dominion of Brahmins over others, it has been done in funny and witty way.
Theme of the book is how older Brahmins continue to insist on orthodox behavior from others while their own younger generation is busy Westernizing and enjoying the benefits. The cover shows this well: an old-style priest is in the left-hand corner, a young Brahmin student in his smart trousers and jacket drinks tea. And also the woman’s riding on bicycle. Author used fantastic idea to narrate his story, he made a priest named “Dhaddhashastri Paranne” (which literally means parasite priest) come back to earth after 100 years straight from heaven. So when he reach to his home city his beloved Pune, he is shocked to see how the city evolved. And he condemned it in every way.
If I have to rate this book I will give it 6 out of 10.


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