New Delhi: With the outbreak of deadly coronavirus, the nation has gone under complete lockdown for 21 days as per the guidelines issued by the government. Life, as we know it, has turned upside down and sitting at home is the best thing we can do for the cause. These difficult times require patience, and more than that it require our minds to be under control. And one of the best ways to do so is reading story books. It is fun, it is productive and it is also one of the best ways to pass the time.
Here, we’ve listed a few such books which will help you go through this quarantine period;
Nirmala by Munshi Premchand
Premchand is one of the finest writers of Hindi literature. The best part of his books is the sheer irony through which he portrays the reality that we live in. Most of his works are satirical and focus on the uneven distibution of wealth in the society. Nirmala is a story of a child bride and her marriage to a comparatively aged man, who has a son a year younger than her. The perfect plot summary and description of character makes you feel poignant for the character.
His other noteworthy works include Godaan, Bade Ghar Kii Beti and Gaban.
Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
Dinkar is one of the best poets of Hindi. His work has a special attraction to Mahabharata. His work usually had elements of bravery and honesty. Rashmirathi is one such tale, which literally means the one who is riding sun’s chariot. The special thing about this book is thet it depicts the story of Daanveer Karna, who is a significant character of Mahabharata, in a poetic form. Karna was the son of celestial god Surya and Kunti.
Dinkar’s other notable works include Kurukshetra, Parshuram ki Prateeksha, Urvashi.
Tamas by Bhisham Sahni
Bhisham Sahni is a renowned writer and actor. Tamas is based on the backdrop of partition and won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for the same in 1975. Tamas literally means darkness, and the story deals with the plight of emigrant Sikh and Hindu families to India as a consequence of the partition. The story was later shown as a mini-series and later as a feature film .
Gunahon Ka Devta by Dharamvir Bharati
The book is known as a cult classic among the avid readers of Hindi literature. The tragic story of love and separation turned out to be one of the best stories of its time and elevated Bharati to being the one of the most popular writers of Hindi. The story has such well written plots and characters that you can’t help but feel the emotions.
Kitne Pakistan by Kamleshwar
Kamleshwar is a satirical writer who explores the social space through his novels and short stories. He won the Sahitya Akademi for the novel in 2000, three years before his demise. Kitne Pakistan uses the tragedy of partition and deals with human history to a great extent. The book also brings out the feeling of nationalism and communism.