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The Shroud: Stories

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This short story first published by Jamia, in 1936 is a sharp critique on human selfishness. A quintessential Premchand story.
Paperback, 140 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ashutosh Baghel
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nobody writes better short stories than Munsi Premchand.
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what I say about the book. A very heart-touching short story by famous hindi writer. A usual pattern always i saw in his writing like related to social problem, simple language, some heart-touching movement, real presentation of human nature, poverty and a very different kind of ending. I think, since he was from a mediocre family this was the reason that he can easily present the real picture of problem faced by the lower group of society and the situations are very realistic. Some o
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kafan must be one of the best stories in not just in Hindi but world literature. Marcus Garvey truly captures the spirit of Kafan as follows:

"Poverty is a hellish state to be in.
It is no virtue.
It is a crime.
To be poor is

to be hungry without possible hope of food;
to be sick without hope of medicine;
to be tired and sleepy without a place to lay one's head;
to be naked without the hope of clothing;
to be despised and comfortless.

To be poor is to be a fit subject for crime and hell." - Marcu
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“कैसा बुरा रिवाज है कि जिसे जीते जी तन ढाँकने को चीथडा भी न मिले, उसे मरने पर नया कफन चाहिए।”

३१ जुलाइ मेरे मन में हमेशा के लिए हैरी पॉटर के जनमदिन से जुड गया है| लेकिन रात के बराबर १२ बजे गूगल ने मुझे याद दिलाया कि १८८० में इसी दिन पर एक उतकृषट भारतीय लेखक का भी जनम हुआ था: मुंशी परेमचंद| जब मैं सकूल में थी, मुझे उनकी कहानियाँ बोहोत पसंद थी| लेकिन अफसोस, सकूल के बाद इन पिछले दस सालों में मैंने कभी हिनदी पढने की हिममत नहीं की| काश किया होता, तो आज मुझे नौ पृषठ पढनें में इतनी तकलीफ नहीं होती...
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
As a rule, I like reading Premchand. He narrated simple narratives that subtly veer your attention towards the larger concerns - not only of the protagonist, but of people in general.
However, I feel that this book could have been compiled better. Maybe if they selected a story of each theme. that's one of the reasons for the absence of one star.
Another, is that the translation is not at par with experience of reading him in Hindi. Other than that, the book is very good.
These are stories you c
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book I read on a single evening! Unputdownable ! The short stories are too good! Each one captures the true spirit of rural India... Like Jim Corbett's "My India" this one too speaks about the lives of simple village people , their basic needs and their simple ways , culminating into unforgettable , heart warming stories . This was the first Premchand book I read and am definitely looking forward to more!
Shubham Sharma
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice thoughts and lessons it teach
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A poignant and moving account of the mayhem that takes place in a family when the lady of the house dies in childbirth. A stirring tale describing poverty, hunger and helplessness of India's poor.
Hassan Ali
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece. Prem Chand is at the top of the Urdu/Hindi writers. No match.

Jaykumar Buddhdev
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Sidharth Vardhan
"It is a strange ritual which requires a new shroud for one who never had sufficient cloth all her life."

Premchand is the best writer in Hindi language. 'Kafan' or 'A Shroud'
is a great story showing realities of then poor of the country and sadly true even today. Some of the poor do turn cynic the way the two protigonists did - not so surprising given the hardships poor in general have to suffer through. In fact, it is hard to judge them despite their atitude towards the dying and later dead wo
Anshul Goel
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first Premchand book of short stories. Ideally would have read it in Hindi but ended up reading it in English thanks to my impulse buying.
Premchand has again touched numerous malice of erstwhile Indian society through his heart-touching stories. Of all the stories, I loved 'Intoxication' the most. He has delved deeper into the human psyche to explain how there is a thin line, opportunity, that separates between a good and evil. It reminds me of the favorite quote of mine "to you the t
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating - 4.5

Story written by Munshi Premchand in 1936, but you get goose-bumps even today while reading it. No wonder he has been termed as a great writer.
Story of a lazy duo of father and son, who doesn't feel any responsible even when Son's wife is dying in child birth and indulge in a very shameful act for spending the money in alcohol they begged for her cremation - really touching. Hats off!!!
Anand Ganapathy
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A collection of 10 / 11 stories by Munshi Premchand one of India's foremost writers in Hindi / Urdu. The stories deal with the common people of India - the farmers , villagers , poor ( couple of them are feministic ) and each story in this collection is heart warming. During his life span, Premchand wrote around 300 short stories and 12 novels. Need to catch up with more of his works.
Pradnya Raghuveer
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I have always been left moved by Munshi Premchand's works and this one does no less... I find no other writer more expressive than him when it comes to bringing to the world the stark realities of life in poverty, racial discrimination and inequalities that prevailed in India years ago... he definitely has done splendid work to counter these issues with his skilled writing...
Pooja Sinha
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After very long time read something in Hindi. Uff this was awesome. As the name says itself Kafan makes you think about the reality of life which you often try to avoid. Different mindsets and with every mindset there is a different story.
Nicely compiled and awesomely written.
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
a good enchanting book to read in pastime few stories can also be told to our younger ones.this was d first book i read by premchand n will surely say such creative literary work are hard to find in today's novel.worth d time devoted.and agood vocabulary to learn
Mohamad Ziyaa
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
One of the best by the author at its peak and real senses, but needs a little criticism.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mariah Ben abraham
Sep 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
It might be the translation that made this book utterly bland.
Arjun Rawat
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best classic of Munshi Prem Chand.
Sachin Kamboj
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story telling by Prem Chand!!!
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
The shroud, the grinding woman's well -
stand outs for me!
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bitter reality of relationships comes out in difficult times - poverty and death.
i want to read this book
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the masterpieces of Premchand in his study of human rhyche and relations .
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also a good book.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's so intesting
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a collection of different stories by premchand. The one I liked the most is intoxication and the co-wife.
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The static rustics in The Shroud ,-By Munshi Premchand 1 5 Mar 09, 2013 08:57AM  
  • परिंदे
  • चरित्रहीन
  • तमस/Tamas
  • मधुशाला
  • मैला आँचल
  • राग दरबारी
  • Feluda Stories
  • आषाढ़ का एक दिन
  • কাবুলিওয়ালা
  • सूरज का सातवाँ घोड़ा [Suraj ka Satwan Ghoda]
  • shikayat mujhe bhi hai (शिकायत मुझे भी है)
  • Andha Yug
  • कोरे कागज
  • Anandamath
  • Raat Pashmine Ki
  • Vaishali Ki Nagarvadhu
  • रश्मिरथी (Rashmirathi)
  • Kitne Pakistan
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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