Top positive review
A classical read for me !!!
Reviewed in India on 31 August 2018
Nirmala, the protagonist; a 15-year-old girl, married off to Totaram who is 20 years her senior.
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.