#PopDiaries Recommends – Saturday Special: Let Your Readathon Start off With Gaban By Munshi Premchand


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Now that Saturday has arrived, we are all in the mood to relax and just wait for Sunday. This is that time of the week when you can loosen your shoelaces and ditch that formal office wear and let go off that stress that you had been taming for over a week. Now you just need a pillow or a couch to slack your back and just chill out with a novel in your hand.

So what do we recommend you on a Saturday. This time we have chanced upon an old relic of a book which transports us back into the period, back when the Indian struggle for independence was gaining momentum. Not only that, it transports us to the languid yet pacy world of yesteryears Kolkata and Prayag in Allahabad. It also throws us in the lap of human emotions, where a myriad of expressions and shortcomings of the human character are highlighted.

But what is highlighted more is the writing style of Munshi Premchand whose excellence in depicting human and his vulnerabilities reigns supreme. Through this book she displays how the values of the middle class are falling.

The main protagonists of this novel are Ramanath and Jalpa. Jalpa wishes to have an expensive necklace, and her husband, who is a show-off in front of his wife commits embezzlement in the office accounts. What happens after he gets caught and is then jailed, and then their subsequent escape from the hands of law and then the redemption and reform of the couple is what the story is all about. But the emotional turmoil that the characters experience can be easily felt by the reader, thanks to Munshi Premchand’s enlivening writing style.


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