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Vaishali Ki Nagarvadhu

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Acarya Chatursen is one of the finest writers of modern India besides being the most versatile writer. His entire ouvre is very impressive, but 'Vaishali Ki Nagarvadhu' is outstanding. A
Monalisa in prose form.
'Vaishali Ki Nagarvadhu' was written during 1939 to 1947. Chatursen studied the whole of Jaina, Buddhist and Hindu literature to research the life and times of the ce
Hardcover, 445 pages
Published 2009 by Rajpal & Sons
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Nandan Dubey
Vaishali was first democratic kingdom(around 2500 years back) of North India. It is contemporary to Lord Buddha. Chatursen claims that Novel is written after good amount of research and truly explains the society at that time. It story about Ambapali a very beautiful or let us say most beautiful in whole kingdom. Novel starts with her father is moving to some other place with her and also worried about people not noticing her beautiful daughter otherwise he know that they will claim her as Naga ...more
Dec 26, 2015 Anurag rated it it was amazing
जैसा कि आचारय चतुरसेन ने सवयं कहा है कि, “इतना मूलय चुकाकर निरंतर चालीस वरषों की अरजित अपनी संपूरण साहितय समपदा को मैं आज परसननता से रदद करता हूँ और यह घोषणा करता हूँ - कि आज मैं अपनी यह पहली कृति विनयांजलि सहित आप को भेंट कर रहा हूँ ।” इस रचना को पढ़ने के बाद यह कहा जा सकता है कि आचारय चतुरसेन ने इस भूमिका के साथ सरवथा नयाय किया है । वैसे भी हिंदी साहितय में ऐतिहासिक उपनयास कम लिखे गए हैं और इतिहास जब 2500 साल पहले का हो तो उसके लिए परामाणिक सनदरभ खोजना भी मुशकिल हो जाता है। इस लिहाज से यह कृति ...more
Jaspal Rana
Jul 17, 2014 Jaspal Rana rated it really liked it
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I vaguely remember attending a play on the life of King Bimbisara of Magadha when I was in high school. I don't remember the story, I certainly don't remember the actors. But I do remember a dance sequence in the play performed by the character of Amrapali, and the haunting lyrics of the background score-'so rahi hai Vaishali, jaag rahi hai Amrapali(Vaishali sleeps while Amrapali awakens)'.
That memory of a long forgotten past(pardon my melodramatic gesture) was probably the reason I decided to r
Sushant Jha
Aug 20, 2013 Sushant Jha rated it it was amazing
The story of a rebel woman who let her birth-place destroyed by the neighboring enemy for the revenge of insult she was suffering from. Amrapaali, the Nagarvadhu(royal courtesan) of Vaishali was daughter of a retired army chieftain and was born in a mango orchard; hence called Amrapali(Amra meaning mango and pali meaning to get protected). She grew up into a beauty queen. Lords and business tycoons of Vaishali started fighting among themselves for getting her. At last, she was forcefully declare ...more
Prashant Praveen
Jan 18, 2016 Prashant Praveen rated it it was amazing
This is an epic! The history, diplomacy and society of ancient India has been described in vivid details. The story is engaging, and never loses pace. A masterpiece!
Apr 02, 2014 Saurabh rated it it was amazing
This book is really amazing. I wish more and more people read it.
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Dec 31, 2014 Pranvir17 rated it it was amazing
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शरी चतुरसेन की एक अनमोल कृति।
सहेज कर रखने योगय। यह कहानी जितनी रहयसयमयी है उतनी ही दारशनिक भी।
शुरुआत बहुत रोमांचक लगी और अंत अतयंत भावपूरण।
मधय में काफी नए किरदार कई बार कहानी को रोक सा देते हैं, परनतु अपनी छाप छोड़ते हें।
नए -पुराने लेखकों तथा पाठको के लिए एक परेरणासतरोत है।
कहानी इतनी पुरानी हो कर भी अपना नयापन बनाये हुए है।
उतकृषट भाषा का परयोग किया गया है जो आजकल विरले ही देखने को मिलता है।
अवशय पढ़ें , आप निराश नहीं होंगे।
Santosh Kashyap
May 30, 2012 Santosh Kashyap rated it really liked it
Acharya Chatursen has tried to portray 2500 years old society with the tale of a beautiful young lady Amrapali. The socio-economic-political portrayal of the time is commendable. At times it has even produced profound dilemmas about the right action for a king, a soldier, a courtesan, a citizen, a friend, a sister, a brother, a father, a son...without getting into too much of historical controversies it has put another veil of doubt on the birth origin of Amrapali...
Sep 11, 2015 Deepak rated it it was amazing
अतयनत रोचक। कहीं कहीं भाषा थोडी कलिषट है परंतु पुसतक आपको अंत तक बांधे रखती है। ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Salil rated it it was amazing
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This book is unlike anything I've ever read, and I've read a lot. But nothing comes even close to this book in richness of language, characterisation and vastness of canvas. The vibrant culture, mysticism, rich philosophy, splendour and contradictions of Indian society in 7th Century BC come alive from the quill of Acharya Chatursen Shashtri. Must read for all lovers of Hindi literature and Indian history.
Jun 26, 2014 Sonu marked it as to-read
I want to know what is reason of being prstitute
Chandan  Kumar  Jha
May 23, 2015 Chandan Kumar Jha rated it really liked it
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splendid !!!
Abhinav Raj
Aug 24, 2012 Abhinav Raj rated it really liked it
The power a woman can generate can be of an unimaginable degree. This is so well brought out in the book.
Arkjesh Kumar
Oct 22, 2013 Arkjesh Kumar rated it it was amazing
Master piece of Acharya Chatursen. Fabulous.
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