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Published 2004 by National Book Trust (NBT) (first published 1980)
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Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Premchand is a literary mogul of Hindi.

The man needs no introduction.

His writing comprise of morals, life lessons, friendship and honesty.

Festival of Eid unfolds a tale of a generous and intelligent boy who presents his grandma a gift that she expected the least.

Short and crisp. This story hits in the head. The dead parents of the child serve as a sorrowful backdrop to the story. Abhavo ki zindagi pyar se bhar di jae toh kisi daulat me kya dum hai.

The mark of a genius, no qualms this one leaves
Hesamul Haque
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharing a story which gave you goosebumps as a kid is often a difficult task cause we tend to talk about it more than what we went through. The same thing will happen if anybody writes a review of Munshi Premchand's book. It's been more than a decade I read his book but still, the magical realm he has created makes me talk about his book till now. Eidgah, the festival of Eid, is a very simple book with the most powerful message. A young teenage boy, Hamid, suffering from poverty having only his ...more
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Eidgah (Hindi) by Munshi Premchand

‘यह चिमटा कहॉं था?’
‘मैंने मोल लिया है।
‘कै पैसे में?
‘तीन पैसे दिये।‘
अमीना ने छाती पीट ली। यह कैसा बेसमझ लड़का है कि दोपहर हुआ, कुछ खाया न पिया। लाया क्या, चिमटा! ‘सारे मेले में तुझे और कोई चीज न मिली, जो यह लोहे का चिमटा उठा लाया?’
हामिद ने अपराधी-भाव से कहा—तुम्हारी उँगलियॉँ तवे से जल जाती थीं, इसलिए मैने इसे लिया।

I think its one of the best literary works by Premchand. Written in pre-independence era Premchand brings out the innocence and love of a child,Hamid, for his grand
Naveed Nawaz
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Absolutely beautiful. Munshi Premchand shakes you to the very core!
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Possibly the best short story for kids by any writer of the world. Its a heart touching story of a small muslim boy Hamid and his Grandmother Ameena. His parents are dead due to disease. On the day of Eid, he is all set to visit the idgah to offer special prayers. Orphaned as he is, his only centre of love is his grandmother. Oblivious to the suffering around him, his misfortune of being parent-less, Hamid is innocence personified.

Despite the grinding poverty he lives in, he sees the beauty arou
Ashish Bihani
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, it's not among the greatest stories by Munshiji, but it did touch the nerve of rural India and had a huge impact on me when I was a child. Even today when I read it, I remember my upbringing in a lower middle class family in a rural environment. It's freakishly beautiful, no matter how idealistic it is. But it can not become an equal to the likes of 'Kafan' and 'Poos ki raat', which instead of leaving us covered in nostalgia, shake us to the core by being true to the harsh reality they por ...more
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Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: india
Possibly one of the most heart-wrenching story I have ever read. This is one tale I'll forever carry with me. ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-from-india
Quite possibly the best short story by the best Hindi author of short stories.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-novels
A beautiful beautiful story of sharing and caring for each other. Munshi Premchand is a master class writer.
Manan Sheel
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful story!
Only a master storyteller can describe like this. The scene at the eidgah, the light hearted arguments between the children over their toys were described with so much talent and understanding.
I often think that if such a simple story can be so beautiful, what is the need for writing complex and hi fi stories. Maybe those complex stories are for people who have lost the warmth of their hearts and still want to brag about that they read books.
When Hamid returns to his grann
Aditya Jain
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We read this book during our childhood as part of our curriculum, didn't get much of this story that time, but can totally relate to it. A heart warming read, the more I read this, the more it gets better. ...more
Prashant Gupta
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Original name - Eidgah

Takes you to real India, apart from politics and all.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cool book
Manish Kumar
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short but heart touching story.
Amit Kumar
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my take away from this story.

This story tells about

Love - Love between the Hamid and his Grandmother.

Motherhood - The way Amina rears her grandson with love and affection.

Care - Amina works in others homes so that at least she can fulfill the needs of Hamid.

Sacrifice - The young boy Hamid understand it very well, he didn't buy anything for him and buy a pair of tongs for his grandmother.

Satisfaction - He did not buy clay toys, did not eat sweets and candies, did not ride even though he was happy
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story of how a small boy buys tongs for his grandmother, instead of toys, sweets for himself, from
the small amount that has been given to him by his grandmother for the festival of Id. This short story reminds people with middle-class upbringings of their humble childhood.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story retold to me.
Manan Jain
May 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
it's a everyday story of how Haamid, a poor boy earns his grandmother's blessing through selfless gesture. the only reason I gave 3 stars is because of bad translation. ...more
Sumit Singla
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
What a delightfully touching story. This would truly be the Indian parallel to 'the gift of the magi'.

Touching, sensitive, and real!

P.S. Please read the original Hindi version if you can.
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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 "

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