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Premchand's novella Nirmala, first published in 1928, is one of the most poignant novels in Hindi on the theme of the young adolescent yoked to an elderly husband. Clearly reformist in its agenda, this novel succeeds in exploring sensitive and even dangerous terrain. Alok Rai's English translation includes an Afterword which takes note of the novel's special context, placi...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published November 29th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1925)
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Oct 13, 2013 Praj rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Reading Munshi makes me extremely happy. Happy as the day when as a child I painted the trees purple without caring a damn of what the teacher had to say about the leaves being green. Isn’t that the beauty of imagination? To be fearless, unchained from societal shackles. Isn’t that what our words are? The voices of our fearless and selfless mind. Manny is one of my favourite GR pals. And, so are all others who I value so dearly and more so their words. Manny’s words ( and several other Goodreade...more
Santosh Kashyap
Indeed the first psychological novel in Hindi literature. It opened a new era in Hindi literature. A must read for any Hindi literature student.
Anshul Gaurav
Nirmala, It was my first encounter with a Hindi Novel and what a pleasure it was. The story, broadly based on the life of an Indian village girl viz., Nirmala, who is forcibly married to an elderly man almost her father's age, due to the untimely death of her father. Besides, an inability to pay for her dowry. The story proceeds with Nirmala mired in the household with the man , his three sons and his widowed sister.
Besides the overall tragic underpinning there are flickers of hope for the prot...more
Saurabh Khetan
My intention was to give five star only,at last i ended with four only, reason behind, ending is not so good, whole story was getting swing so swiftly, i enjoyed reading, so my expectation from it increases, but it was not fulfilled.

But from story prospective,it depict the true state of indian women, i won't say at that point of time, today also fate of an Indian women is no better than yesteryear, it remain intact as it was earlier.

Good to read such kind of novel which is written over such a...more
Arun Mor
Premchand attacks the dowry system through this tale of a girl who is married to a man of her father's age after her father is murdered. What follows is a bleak narrative of her suffering as she struggles to overcome this hurdle for the rest of her life.
Manish Goel
The best book, I ever read!! A masterpiece by Premchand.
According to me "Perfection leads to perfect disaster" is the undercurrent in the story.
Very Sad, depressing story...:-(.
Sep 14, 2012 Piya added it
The best book I have read in Hindi so far.
Saurav Modak
Huh, we had it in our syllabus
Sharad Agarwal
A complete Woman...
Jyoti Arora
I found the story depressing and pessimistic. However, I loved the way the characters transform as the situations of life change. The destiny of the people in the novel influences their characters, and the changing characters influence the destiny in their own way. Excellent depiction of the society and ways of the time, simple but superb narration and in-depth characterization.I can't say that I loved the book because I found the book depressing. But I thoroughly admire it.
Rosun Rajkumar
At times I am crippled not being able to read a book in its vernacular language. I felt that the Hindi-English translation by Pustak Mahal of Nirmala destroyed all the connotations. However, I could use the essence of the story.
All stories by Premchand are poignant and same is the case of Nirmala, in fact this one is tragic. A 15 year old married off to a widower the age of her father. The age old Indian tradition of seeing a daughter as a burden to a family, the stigma attached to a stepmother...more
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Sidharth Kumar
I picked up the book with great expectation but i m dissapointed with way of narration its sadistic and moreover characrers are not linked to you and die more freq then you can imagine
Mallika Soni
One of my favorites now.
Abirami M
quite interesting
Mar 10, 2014 Monika added it
its good
Mitul Consul

I read this one in the original Hindi and I really liked it. The story plot is from the era of pre-independence India but one can relate to it. The distresses of families and individuals is fully brought out. Premchand was himself an orphan in the sense that his mother had died in his childhood. Thus he can relate and describe the life of children with a stepmother. (view spoiler)...more
I have been a great fan of Premchand's short stories but this is his first novel that I read. The novel brings up the social issue of dowry and stigma and social prejudice attached to the character of step mother. It's a tale of misfortune that gets started with one mishap of death of the soon-to-be-married Nirmala and ends with a life full of tragedies.
Simple and superb piece of writing by Premchand. Really worth reading.
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one of the best novel of Munsi Premchand .
Arun sagar
beautiful honest literature
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Munshi Premchand (Hindi: मुंशी प्रेमचंद) 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 "...more
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गोदान शतरंज के खिलाड़ी Gaban कफ़न Mansarovar Short Stories by Premchand

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