Monday, February 27, 2012

Pather Panchali - Bibhuthi Bhushan Bandopadhyay

Complete Bliss....This book completely took me away from my present state to my childhood.I enjoyed every bit of the writing...I can say this is the best book,I have read recently...Wanna tell you some thing funny..I was always thinking that it must be the story of Draupadi (Panchali)..lol...Really ...Now I came to know the meaning..In Bengali,'Pather' means 'a way' or 'a road' and 'Panchali' means 'Bengali folk song'...So it is ""Song of the little road..""..The Author is Bibhuthi Bhushan Bandopadhyay...I loved the cover page of the book with a cute face of Durga from Satyajit Ray's movie..

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The story revolves around a poor Brahmin family in Bengal...Harihara Roy and Sarbajaya are a couple living in a small village,Nischindhipur,They have two kids,Durga and Apu...The whole story based on these kids..As they can't afford schooling,they try to learn every little thing from nature.They search wild berries,flowers and leaves..They play with stones and flowers..Durga loves wandering here and there in the woods stealing mangoes,custard apples and coconuts from the neighbour's gardens..She loves and cares for her brother Apu..They run miles away to see the Rail road and Train..Train is a magical thing for them..Their tiny pleasures and beautiful enthusiasm were narrated splendidly.The family leaves to Kashi (Varanasi) after the death of Durga..Their lives turn more miserable after the death of Harihara Roy in Kashi..Sarbajaya and Apu try to cope with the circumstances and typical living in Kashi,which is so unfamilier to them.....But then they remember their tiny village and feel like it is calling them back..

The lives of Apu and Durga made me recollect so many memories associated with my childhood..It is all about how the village kids enjoy every bit in their little lives..Their struggles,wishes,hopes and disappointments and all..There are some beautiful parts which can not go out of my mind.The way little Apu sleeps on the floor when he was an infant,The picnik organized by Durga and cooking in the middle of the forest and the kids running in the fields to see the train atleast once in their life time etc are wonderfully described....These kids are very innocent like flowers....How beautiful it is to learn from the nature !!! Really this concept astonished me.The natural beauty of the village got captured in my mind..On the whole the book is like a silent lake,hiding so many stories in it.

I got the Telugu version of the book from HBT....here is the link...
http://hyderabadbooktrust.blogspot.in/

26 comments:

Santa said...

Nicely written.... and thanks for your lovely comments....

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Santa,Thank you..:-)

Anonymous said...

hmmm...thanksfor sharing,will read it for sure....alka narula:)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Thank you Alka..Really its a wonderful book..
Welcome to my blog..:-)

vajra said...

Thank You for letting us know such wonderful books.Will read it for sure.Bahusha Kalam Sneham ante idhe nemo..:).Anyways thanks once again sister.i too write blogs.You can check it out.Its
http://maverickvajra.blogspot.com
Vajra....

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Vajra,
Thank you for ur comment..Nice to meet a Telugu blogger..Keep posting..:-)

Saru Singhal said...

I have seen the movie. Nicely written...

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Thank you Saru..:-)I haven't seen the movie yet..Will see..:-)

Anunoy Samanta said...

nice effort... you must watch the movie based on this novel.... that is a masterpiece too!

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Anunoy Samanta,
Thank you..:-) Yep sure..Will watch the movie..I heard a lot about it.

vinay said...

Wanted to see Satyajit Ray's complete Apu trilogy from a long time but never got a chance to see them.
Don't know about the book but I'd watching the movie based on it soon.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Even I'm waiting to watch the Apu triology..Thank you for the comment..Welcome to my blog..:-)

alka narula said...

hey thanks for sharing:)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Thank you so much Alka...:-)

Owais Ashraf Photography said...

hey. Thanks for dropping by my blog, I appreciate that.
Your work is quite interesting.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Ashraf,
Thank you so much for the comment.:-)

Raj said...

This one is a classic. I was so touched by the movie and it is still fresh in my mind. I am sure the book will be wonderful too. I have to read it for sure.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Raj,
I haven't seen the movie yet..Thought of reading the book first..will surely watch it..:-)

తృష్ణ said...

సత్యజిత్ రాయ్ తీసిన "పథేర్ పాంచాలి" చూసారా? సేమ్ ఫీలింగ్స్ ఇస్తుంది.
మరో టపాలో మీరు ప్రస్తావించిన "సూరజ్ కా సాత్వా ఘోడా" సినిమా కూడా బావుంటుంది. ఒకసారి టివీలో వస్తే చూశాను.రజిత్ కపూర్ బాగా చేస్తాడు. వన్రాజ్ భాటియా మ్యూజిక్ కూడా చాలా బావుంటుంది.

తీరుబడిగా ఉన్నప్పుడు మొత్తం చదవాలని చాలా రోజుల్నుంచీ అట్టేపెట్టుకున్న బ్లాగ్ మీది..:) ఇవాళే చదివాను. మీరు తక్కువ పోస్ట్ లు రాయటం నా అదృష్టం..:) త్వరగా చదవటం అయిపోయింది. టపాలన్నీ చాలా బాగా రాసారు. మీ పుస్తకాల సెలక్షన్ కూడా చాలా బాగుంది. చిన్న సందేహం.. తెలుగులో రాయటానికి ప్రయత్నించలేదాండి? ఏమాత్రం వీలున్నా చక్కగా తెలుగులో రాయండి. మరి కొంతమందికి మీ బ్లాగ్ను చదివే అవకాశం కల్పించినవారౌతారు.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

తృష్ణ గారు,
చాలా చాలా థాంక్స్ అండీ...:-) మీరు నా బ్లాగ్ కోసం కొంత సమయం తీసుకుని అన్ని పోస్ట్ లు చదవడం నా అదృష్టం..:-) నేను ఆ రెండు సినిమాలు చూడలేదండీ...చాలా కాలం నుంచీ చూడాలనుకుంటున్న సినిమాలు అవి ....ఇంక చూడవలసిందే..:-)
మా బాబు ఇప్పుడిప్పుడే స్కూల్ కి వెళ్తుండటం తో ఈమధ్యనే మళ్లీ పుస్తకాలకి,painting మరియు బ్లాగింగు కి సమయం చిక్కుతోంది...నేను చాలా సిగ్గు పడే విషయం ఏంటంటే,తెలుగు బ్లాగుల గురించి కూడా నాకు ఈమధ్యనే తెలిసింది..నేను కూడా తెలుగు లో ఒక బ్లాగ్ మొదలు పెట్టాలని అనుకుంటున్నాను...Thanks you so much for your encouragement..Pls keep visiting..:-)..best Regards,Nagini

NBose said...

If u liked the book so much then u must watch Apu's trilogy....wd like it....

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Nbose,
Thanks for stopping by..Will surely watch the movie..:-)

Found In Folsom said...

I will read the book..I didn't read the entire review as I felt it might be a spoiler :-) Is this book available in English too?

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Found in Folsom,
ha..ha..I wanna share a secret with you..Even I don't have a habit of reading reviews of books or movies or any thing...I like to start a book with a blank impression or will watch a movie without knowing the story....:-)
Yaa the book is available in english also.:-)

Anonymous said...

Neat n crisp writing.One of my faves :)

panchali

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Panchali Ji,
Thank you so much for stopping by...Glad to receive ur comment.Pls keep visiting..:-)