Friday, 13 June 2014

Book Review: Godan

Godan is a famous hindi book written by Munshi Premchand in 1936. Though the original book is much thicker, I have read a short version of it, which itself was very enticing. 

The book revolves around a farmer Hori and his life, which includes his family and profession. Hori depicts the condition of farmers in dependent India under Britishers and how much they had to struggle to earn enough to get food for the day. It shows the exploitation of peasants by various hands from the government to the village sarpanch (head). 

The story also shows a sharp contrast between the lives of Indian villages and cities. A simple peasant who does so much of hard-work just to feed his family and save his family prestige has to sacrifice all that he desires of the material world.

It is a heart-touching story and I bet you can't leave the book before completing it. It is a well-read Indian literature and Munshi Premchand has been a well-known legend in this.

For those who can't read Hindi, there are various translations of the book in English and probably in other languages too. A must-read for everyone.


Pragya Banerjee
MBA (Finance); 8 years of work experience

1 comment:

  1. Godan is a very famous novel of Munshi Premchand that underlines the layers of the rural Indian society. From his books, it was evident that the worst sufferers were farmers under the debt trap of moneylenders. I tried to review this book at this blog: