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a Philosophical Novel
Published 2008 by Rajkamal Prakashan (first published January 1st 1934)
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Tanuj Solanki
Feb 19, 2013 Tanuj Solanki rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, hindi, india
Disclaimer: This review was written before discovering Shrilal Shukl, and is basically a venting out of some frustation, one that came from reading a total dud that many tout as a masterpiece. Hindi literature is not as devastated as I seem to say here. The review has been transported here because two versions of the book seem to be doing the rounds on GR.

Central Idea: A man does not do a saintly act, nor does he commit sin; a man just does what he has to do.

Plot: Two students, keen to understan
Ankita Tiwari
Aug 23, 2013 Ankita Tiwari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hindi
जीवन हलचल है, परिवरतन है, और हलचल तथा परिवरतन में सुख और शानति का कोई सथान नहीं!
This is what the protagonist of the novel believes in.

Someone who found comfort in unrest, Chitralekha, is portrayed as a woman of exceptional beauty and wisdom.A courtesan who can be seen musing over the philosophy of life and love and seen debating and putting great hermits to shame.

Beejgupt and Kumargiri are the other two main characters who just bring life to the story with their different personalities and rem
Sushant Jha
Jul 27, 2013 Sushant Jha rated it it was amazing
A marvellous book by Bhagwati Charan Verma which deals with the concept of sin and virtue and ultimately comes to the conclusion tha neither sin nor virtue exists in this world; it is the perspecitve with which we analyse the situation.
Deepak Pitaliya
Oct 25, 2015 Deepak Pitaliya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book indeed. Story flows naturally and language is simple. A very realistic portrayal of characters who get caught in the web of their desires. Most of the events take place based on the decisions taken on the spur of the moment(that is what most of us do in real life). Chitralekha leaves materialistic Beejgupt for spiritualistic Kumargiri (only to regret it later), thus setting a chain of events in motion. Yogi Kumargiri knows his imminent fall from grace but is helpless against the cha ...more
Swaraj Yadav
Apr 25, 2016 Swaraj Yadav rated it it was amazing
Read way back in school days .. stayed with me forever ...
Chandan Kumar
Jul 03, 2016 Chandan Kumar rated it it was amazing
भगवती चरण जी के दवारा लिखी गयी ये कृति काफी अमूलय है । काफी कुछ पढने और विवेचना के बाद मैं इस निषकरष पे आया हूँ की इस कहानी में दिए गए तरक काफी हद तक जनसाधारण में लागू होती है परंतु उनकी वयाखया करने में पुसतक में थोडी कमी महसूस की गयी है। काफी जगहों पे पुसतक धीमी हो जाती है और कुछ सथानों पे काफी तेज गति से परवाह करने लगती है जिससे कहानी को उसके समापन में पहुँचने में गति तो मिलती है पर एक पाठक को मिलने वाले सुकून में थोडी सथिलता आ जाती है। सारांश में पाप और पुणय को मनुषय की परिसथितियों और मानसिक ...more
Anand Krishna
What is sin and what is merit, what is good and what is bad? Ultimately, it comes to what is rightful to do at a given time and what is not. This book i read when i was in Std. 8 remains one of my favorite books.
Tanuj Solanki
May 09, 2011 Tanuj Solanki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gopesh Modi
Recommended to Tanuj by: Satyavir Solanki
Shelves: owned, hindi, india
Central Idea: A man does not do a saintly act, nor does he commit sin; a man just does what he has to do.

Plot: Two students, keen to understand the true nature of 'sin', are commissioned on a project by their Guru. One is sent to a rich young man enjoying all the pleasures of life, while the other is sent to a Yogi, who has abnegated all that is worldly for the spiritual. The students are required to serve these masters for one year and then revert with an answer to their question.

Pathetic Novel
Humayun Pervaiz
Aug 18, 2014 Humayun Pervaiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wakai, Gunah ae Sawab jo Falsafo chaa aahe, hee Novel unji bharpur akaasi kare tho.
Jivan ji lorh, bhaj-dduk, musalsal jidojehd ae poe dighee saant- hae! kedo na wannandrr chakarviyoo ahe.. Hee insan b na kedo laachar ahe- Kath'putlee jiyaa haaltun je ishaare te hale tho..
Haa, Akhtyaar zarur aahe, par Aqul te b kehro Wishwaas- kadehn Pher khae, kadehn Therr khae..
Dilchaspi ae Aanand ta fakat inhi me ee aahe, jo Man ji Sachai saa kyo wanje, chaahe Galat ya Sahee; kehro Faraq tho pawe..
Pramit Mishra
Feb 20, 2016 Pramit Mishra rated it it was amazing
its an exceptionally written, the depth of character is amazing and more than it is the thought process of the author i admire, the book not only tell about paap and punya but it also tell and defines love affection truth, lie and reality of this world. Another thing which i liked about the book is if you connect yourself to varous character of the book one will feel that we all face such situations in life but we dont think so deep and its not possible also.
Aayush Raj
Jun 15, 2016 Aayush Raj rated it it was amazing
किसी परशन का ऐसा निषपकष जवाब; न ही मैंने कभी सुना है और शायद ही कभी पढूंगा। कितबों से जो एक सबसे बड़ी सीख मुझे मिली है वह ये है की "मनुषय ममतव परधान है"। कोई भी करम वह कभी बुरा सोचकर नहीं करता है। यह तो देखने वाले की दृषटिकोण है जो आलोचनातमक निषकरषों को जनम देती है। "हम न पाप करते हैं न पुणय करते हैं,हम केवल वह करते हैं जो हमें करना पड़ता है"। ...more
Ravinder Singh Dhull
Jan 18, 2015 Ravinder Singh Dhull rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All friends
An amazing and flawless book which takes reader into deep inside of the society drama of sin. There is nothing like sin and this is the main plot of the book where the reader is already wondering that the definition of sin varies from person to person and has nothing to do with actual existence of anything named "sin"
Rajat Bansal
Mar 16, 2016 Rajat Bansal rated it liked it
A lot of nice philosophical learnings and interesting quotes - for a detailed review, you can visit my blog
Dec 13, 2014 Prashan rated it really liked it
Reading the Nepali version .. Translated by :Tarini Prasad Koirala..

i would say a good translation...
Philosophy about life, love, and sin.
Really a good read..
Jun 03, 2016 Syen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hindi-novels
A book that will force you to analyze right from wrong i different shades of white and black.
Abhilasha Singh
Jul 01, 2016 Abhilasha Singh rated it really liked it
what is paap, what is punya, it is all the game of circumstances.. lovely !!!
Pawan Mishra
May 25, 2015 Pawan Mishra rated it it was amazing
Love is all about Sacrifice and acceptance.
Manish Pandey
Oct 07, 2013 Manish Pandey rated it it was amazing
Superbly written. It isn't the novel to tell you a story but urge you to think youself about the philosophy of life, about good and bad, about sin and virtue.The author concludes that there is nothing like sin or virtue, human being is slave of circumstances created by time. I put this book in must read category.
Nov 04, 2013 MonaSWrites rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had read this book when I was not in age of understanding the main objective of this writing. But the impact of this story based on Sin & Godly was so deep that today as well I can remember it's words so well. A very well described story which provides base of good and bad notions of individuals.
Vidya Bhushan
Jul 13, 2016 Vidya Bhushan rated it it was amazing
पाप ??? पुणय ???? और ऐसे ही बहुत से परशन जो दिमाग में अकसर सैर करते रहते हैं . इनका बेहतरीन उततर आप इस उपनयास को पढकर पा सकते हैं . साधना और सुख के संघरष को बहुत अचछे तरीके से उकेडा है लेखक महोदय ने. उतकृषट कृति !!!! ...more
Anuradha Goyal
Feb 14, 2013 Anuradha Goyal rated it really liked it
Must read to understand the world of those who stay in world and enjoy and those who renounce everything. Detailed Review here:
Oct 30, 2012 vik rated it really liked it
I read it in 5-6 hours in a train journey recently.
Just wow!
At par with Herman Hesse's Siddhartha: search for sin and truth.

A must read.
Anshu Raj Singh
Jan 01, 2013 Anshu Raj Singh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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