- Publisher: HARISH PRAKASHAN MANDIR (2015)
- Language: Hindi
- ASIN: B06WP67Y1F
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,96,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Premchand is known to write about the life of common man and this book also deals with an issue that has been faced by many. The novel has a strong social relevance as it sheds light on the consequences of child marriages, younger girls getting married off to better off old men only to unburden their parents’ responsibilities towards them, and the plight of women in a society that treats a woman as a mere object. Through ‘Nirmala’ Premchand tried to establish a social reform in the favour of women. Even today social evils like dowry and mismatched marriages persist in the Indian society, so the appeal of this novel is not futile today. Undoubtedly, through a woman’s life Nirmala is the best work of Munshi Premchand, but definitely not a piece of feminism. Clearly reformist in its agenda, this novel succeeds in exploring sensitive and even dangerous terrain.
He does not tries to use over the top Hindi and difficult words.
Nirmala is a story of a female from her mid-teenage to her early twenties. Story of a naive girl to a distressed, matured, socially-detached and forcefully-responsible woman; who seems to have everything but lacks everything that she actually needed. Hard to say after reading this, that no one can understand women so easily, 'coz Premchand did. Every single emotion of a girl from her child-like-age to her becoming-of-woman-age has been depicted very deeply and precisely.
Premchand did so well with this work of his and I loved it with every emotion of mine.
The author has written it in a manner of a script. It felt like I was reading a stage show narrative with proper explanations and how to enact each scene.
The story touches the subtleties of human tragedies and the way he described them makes it a heart-wrenching read.
The topics he touches on are varied and still prevalent in today's India.
1. Marrying off a girl to a man 20-30 years older and a widower to save dowry.
2. Trust is the sole foundation of every relationship and how mistrust can ruin even the most revered relations
3. How the society affects your thought process and this has adverse effects on children.
4. How when you give into a tragic moment and from there on begins the decline of a family and how children get ruined and end up in the most unfavourable places.
5. Finally, how guilt ends up consuming you.
The best part was how he managed to write where even though people were cunning, heartless and all other things there was no character you'd want to hate. It was all circumstances that made them who they were and how circumstances took lives and played around with emotions and eventually showing us how we are bound by it.
The marriage gets broken as boy’s family thinks that they will not get any dowry from Nirmala’s family.
Nirmala’s mother who doesn’t have money to give in dowry marries off Nirmala to an aged man of 40. This man is also a father of three sons. His elder son’s age is same as Nirmala’s age.
Nirmala’s husband doubts Nirmala and his elder son which leads to the death of his son.
Read this book to know the plight of Nirmala and how this odd marriage leads to various troubles in the life of everyone related to them.
The book portrays those times better . Nirmala , a normal teenage girl just want to live the normal life like any other girl .
Before you start reading this book , keep one thing in mind that this book was written in early 1900 and the time setting is of that time too .
without posting any spoilers , i'd just say that this book is written very well and tells the reality of life in that time .
Now this is on my reading list (would be my first Hindi classical literature ever) - and I have to look for abridged and easy language ones for the kid!