When I read Hindi literature, it is majorly two authors – Premchand and Sharat Chandra. Funny thing is that both of them mostly wrote in two different languages and I just happen to read them in Hindi. 🙂 I mentioned in one of my old book opinions that I totally recommend reading Premchand in English if you don’t know Hindu or Urdu. While Premchand’s stories deal more with societal problems in North India during his time like poverty, widow remarriage etc. and paint a picture where you can entirely imagine the situation and feel attached to the characters in a heart-wrenching way, Sharat Chandra was a highly acclaimed Bengali author most of whose works, in my opinion, focus on two things – 1) love with strong emphasis on feminism and 2) worldly happenings presented with humor. One of his most famous works is a novel ‘Devdas’ which has been adapted several times as Bollywood Movies. I have read Devdas in Hindi and loved it (maybe because family drama is one of my favorite genres). I have read another collection of his short stories before this one shared here today and while I loved that other one, I did not like this one as much. Of course, I did like it, but slightly less than the previous one because this one has more stories in the form of him sharing his various experiences as stories while sitting in a group of friends (apparently people who knew him were very fond of his story-telling). I enjoyed that but I wished for more. I wished there were more fictional stories as well. Still I recommend reading his works to those who like old Indian tales (I have already mentioned above what are his focus areas when it comes to genre :D). Very few of his works are available in English though.
This was a plain simple book opinion, right? 😀
PS: This is the ninth book that I read as part of the Brunch Book Challenge and as I said, I’ll be logging my opinion about every book that I read as part of this challenge. In case you want to participate in this challenge too, read up about it here.