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Sevasadan

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One of Premchand's most successful Hindi novels, Sevasadan is a bold statement on the political and religious debates about marriage, sexuality, and prostitution, at a time when Indian women were being held up as standard-bearers of a nation in chains.

Premchand depicts the hypocrisy of the so-called 'pillars of society', who can sacrifice their orthodox principles behind c
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Hardcover, 316 pages
Published October 27th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1918)
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Rishabhahm
Oct 29, 2015 Rishabhahm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If there is one author who knows the nerves of pre-Independence Indian society and the social evils that marred it, I think that would be Premchand. His stories and novels are a mirror of the society of that era. Reading his work, I feel that he was much ahead of his time in terms of his thoughts on social reforms to improve woman's status in society as well as eradication of superstitions and caste based society.

Sevasadan revolves around the issue of Vaishya or prostitutes (mostly the dancers a
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Adish Aggarwal
Jul 17, 2015 Adish Aggarwal rated it it was amazing
One of the best novels I had read in past year. Read it in hindi and would advice people who can read hindi to do the same. The book did made me cry a couple of times. At times the emotions ran deep and I would just keep it down to digest what had just happened. I wondered how cruel Premchand could be to the characters he had so carefully crafted.

One makes good thing about the work is that it makes you think the same thing from many prespectives by engaging the reader into the thought process o
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Amit Mahto
May 03, 2014 Amit Mahto rated it it was amazing
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Great book by an amazing writer. I read this book in Hindi, can't say how it is translated in English, but if you know good hindi I strongly recommend this book. The story made me cry, the story is beautifully presented and it made the characters alive.
Kirtida Gautam
Oct 21, 2015 Kirtida Gautam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Premchand is a writer who represented his contemporary India in brilliant details. A good novel to read.
Krishna Khataniar
भारतीय समाज में एक सतरी को जितना सममान की दृषटि से देखा जाता है उतना ही उसे शक की निगाह से भी देखा जाता है। जीवन के परतयेक सतर पर उसकी आलोचना होती है और उसकी सहनशीलता की परीकषा ली जाती है। यहा तक कि उसे लजजित करने का समाज कोई मौका नहीं छोड़ता है।
'सेवासदन' पढ़ते वक़त मुझे ऐसा मालूम हुआ कि हम अकसर कई वसतुओ की परिकलपना करते है और इस कारण हमें अंत में शरमिंदा होना पड़ता है।
महिलाओ के विषय में भी यही बात लागु होती है।
नय-नवेले विवाहित पुरुषों को यह उपनयास ज़रूर पढ़ना चाहिए।
मुंशी परेमचंदजी को इस रचना के लिए
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Sudama Panigrahi
Jul 31, 2015 Sudama Panigrahi rated it really liked it
Fabulous novel on various social stigmas, cultures, and traditions of that time. Prem Chand showed his boldness in challenging the culture of that time, by marrying off Sadan with a sister of Prostitute. The rehabilitation of prostitutes (Wench) giving education to their kids, and above all the virtue of service, that is service to God.

Altogether a perfect read those who want to read about society. And rightly the novel has been a flawless mirror of the society.
Mrityunjay chauhan
Read to know what is actual Women Empowerment
Lishan Puwakowita
Jun 19, 2012 Lishan Puwakowita rated it really liked it
I like this book because it revealing the dark side of human mind. And also give nice explanations about how it works when it helpless. Munchi Premchand is one of my favorite Anthers since i was in high school.. i will rate this book 4/5 without any debut.
Shailendra Gupta
Dec 09, 2012 Shailendra Gupta rated it really liked it
i have read hindi version of this book ..... really awesome..loved it. i will recommend it to read it in hindi only when then u will get to feel it.
Gurjeet
Aug 01, 2011 Gurjeet rated it liked it
Amazing......I have read hindi version of this book. Premchand is my favourite hindi writer.
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Munshi Premchand (Hindi: मुंशी परेमचंद) was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindustani literature. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent,and is regarded as one of the foremost Hindustani writers of the early twentieth century.

Born Dhanpat Rai, he began writing under the pen name "Nawab Rai", but subsequently switched to "Premchand", while he is also known as "M
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