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धर्मवीर भारती के इस उपन्यास का प्रकाशन और इसके प्रति पाठकों का अटूट सम्मोहन हिन्दी साहित्य-जगत् की एक बड़ी उपलब्धि बन गये हैं। दरअसल, यह उपन्यास हमारे समय में भारतीय भाषाओं की सबसे अधिक बिकने वाली लोकप्रिय साहित्यिक पुस्तकों में पहली पंक्ति में है। लाखों-लाख पाठकों के लिए प्रिय इस अनूठे उपन्यास की माँग आज भी वैसी ही बनी हुई है जैसी कि उसके प्रकाशन के प्रारम्भिक वर्षों में ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published 2009 by Bhartiya Jnanpith (first published 1949)
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Pushpam Singh
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a shame that I can't write review of this book in Hindi! Frankly speaking I am scared to do injustice to the language. This has been my first serious attempt with Hindi literature. I am overwhelmed and in complete awe with the writing. The simple story is conveyed in a subtle intense style. After reading this book, I feel a shooting pain inside the heart. It grows with time. This book has a hypnotizing power. The way it explores various shades of love has mesmerized me completely. Consideri ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011, own, hindi
I had seen ‘Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda’ long back and since then I had become the fan of the movie and then its creator ‘Shyam Benegal’. But the real thing which made me like this movie was its story.. so grounded with small town realities and people, with no heroes or heroines but characters living normal lives with complications of life, love and livelihood. So I started searching the person behind the story and knowing it was ‘Dharamvir Bharati’ I wanted to read his book. He has been a popular Hin ...more
Nandan Dubey
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read, classic, love, hindi
One of the best book I have ever read. Surely the best book I have read in Hindi. I wish to read this again. The story make you think/realize many things. It shakes you from inside. The characters Sudha and Chander are still live in my memory. I can't explain the relation between between Sudha and Chander and there is no way to explain it, you have to read whole story for this. The relation build itself along with story. They themselves don't know how it all started between them. They have oblig ...more
Vikalp Trivedi
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Gunahon Ka Devta' , according to me , is a story of love between the sky and the earth ('zameen aur aasman' can be more clear expression) . The sky , our male  protagonist Chander and the earth , our female protagonist Sudha . The sky loves the earth and proudly claims that he has made the earth what she is , somewhere in the deepest recesses of his conscience he knows that he and the earth co-exist , there will be no reason of existence of the sky if the earth wouldn't have existed . But the s ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gorab by: विकास नैनवाल
I'm relatively novice in Hindi literature. Having read only a few (precisely Devdas, Gaban, Path ke Davedar, Chandrakanta and Nirmala) this is easily the best I've read.

This 1949 gloomy twisted love story is even relevant to date, which the youngsters would be able to relate very easily. The protagonist(s) are torn into the dilemmas of love, lust, friendship, trust, honour and code of conduct.
Very deep and detailed characters, so much that you can pick anyone and think like them!

No wonder in
Madhulika Liddle
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Dharamveer Bharti, considered one of Hindi literature’s finest and foremost talents, wrote the classic Gunaahon ka Devta (the name of which, incidentally, inspired two Hindi films and one TV series, neither of which was actually based on the novel) in 1949. It was hugely popular when it was first published, especially among Hindi-speaking young urban males. It still is regarded by dozens as one of the best (if not the best) Hindi novels ever.

Which is why I thought it was high time I finally read
Anuradha Goyal
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cult classic & a must read for any Hindi reader - ...more
Shatarupa  Dhar
In Civil Lines, Allahabad, we are introduced to Chandrakumar Kapoor (who's doing research in economics) taking a stroll in Alfred Park. His patron (Guru/family/father figure is a more apt description) is one Dr Shukla (who's in the Government Psychological Bureau, and was a senior professor in Chander's college before that). He's waiting for Mr Shukla's daughter, Sudha, to help her gain membership of the library.

Other characters also come in – one Thakur Saheb, a fellow student who'
Dhiraj Sharma
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a classic tale of unrequited love. The love of the protagonist Chander towards his Professor’s daughter Sudha. The novel is aptly titled “Gunahon Ka Devta” which in English translates into “Deity of Sin”.

I would have preferred to name the protagonist a complete jerk, not only he fails to express his love explicitly to Sudha he also ends up ruining her life by persuading (rather forcing) her to marry someone else.

The author does not make it clear as to why Chander does not ask for Sudha’
Deepak Pitaliya
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hindi
The book is very high on emotions but all female characters are portrayed as if their existence is solely for the benefit of males. May be this is true of the time when book was written(I think around 1949) but in today's world I don't like it. Ending of the book is on expected lines, you could feel it beforehand. The best part of the book is description of behaviour changes in Chandan.
But whatever, Sudha's tragedy leave a mark on heart and I feel sad.
Pawan Kumar
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hindi-classics
While I was looking for a good Indian classical writing to gift my sister the bookseller suggested me this book saying that if you have not read this one then you have read nothing in Hindi literature. I thought, well, why not to read it by myself and see whether he gave me a genuine advice or it was just one of his marketing tricks. Now I must say this book is fabulously written and very well woven with its characters. More or less the whole story rotates about the life of an, we can say, adop ...more
Amit Mishra
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this book in Standard 8 and being completely baffled, by the strange love story between the protagonists.

15 Years later, I re-read the book to understand, why this book is considered to be a corner stone of Hindi Literature. To describe this book as a love story will be churlish, because this book talks of a love that has very ideals to follow.

As a grade 8 kid, I could not agree to this book and now I cannot agree more with this book. There are some love stories where lovers c
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Its a must read by any hindi literature lover...a masterpiece of its genre and an all time classic...wrtten simply ...the storyline establishes an instant rapport with its readership...that said ... love is many - splendoured .. You get to glimpse the finest nuances of love.. It makes you think..reflect and introspect....its gripping , heart-wrenching , idealistic and absolutely soul shakening !!!
Abhinav Yadav
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Chandrakumar Kapoor, a doctoral student who spends most of time helping with academic and household chores of Dr. Shukla. Dr. Shukla is professor at Allahabad university and has a young daughter, Sudha, who is about to complete her bachelor studies. Chander and Sudha behaves as if they are untouched by the malice of growing old. Both shares a very pristine relationship, somewhere between friendship and love. Chander has a large role in building the character of Sudha as she does not have a mothe ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Writing this novel, for me, is same as praying with full devotion during distress," writes the author in the preface.
Reading this novel and trying to empathize with the author's or the protagonists' heartfelt agony, for me, was same as searching for buried treasure in a vast field of land. I knew that it ( the essence, the great realization, the soulful discovery) was there somewhere. After all so many people had found that over many many years since its publication 70 years ago. But, my frust
Ujjwala Singhania
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
After finishing this book, I just sat there for few minutes staring in the space. I felt like my every emotion has been put through the wringer, and I was spent by the time I read the last page. It was such a beautifully tragic story, which shows how people grow up when life happens to them.
The characters in the story where so real, it could have been someone I might know. Their ideals, choices, emotions all were alive on the pages, and I was sad that the book has ended.
Prateek Singhal
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Was my first hindi novel. The prologue itself is heart touching.
And the ease with which, he has been able to sketch the mental battles related to relationships we fight through our lives. Ati uttam :)
Aug 29, 2011 added it
A book which gives different aspects of love and makes it clear that 'LOVE' can only be felt and expressed and it does not have any definition.. ...more
Srishti Misra
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rustic raw ground to earth rendition of the lifestyle of UP , parsed with love, loss, longing ,innocence and very very strong characters.(Sudha and Chander)
Potent ,stays with you, and makes you feel for the characters
I couldn't get my mind off the ending , for months. It just stayed with me.

Beautiful.Powerful. Love.
Om Prakash
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book fairly represent the conflicting choices and consequent agony of a person caught in a battle of conflicting choices.

The plot is plain and simple and helps us focus on the stream of the novel without creating much distraction.
Every main character of the master piece is unique in his/her own way and their interaction often guides us and the protagonist "Chandar" to doubt his beliefs and contemplate different dimensions of human feelings and relations.

This work also touches in detail t
Himanshu Singh
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I don't know what ratings to give to a book who makes me extremely sad from inside, for me chander is the ultimate villian of the story no matter how much he tries to blame the society for it's evils, but this shows that to be a man you don't have to take decisions by keeping in mind what society will think about it and how will affect your image in society but by you should take the decision by keeping in mind the happiness, well being of those who are affected by it...
All the so called sacrifi
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
a fantastic lover story with a bitter ending, set in 1940's Allahabad, the novel is a bit long but a gripping tale about love, lust and relationships.

extremely endearing yet culpable characters that you will love and hate equally. at the end you pity all of them because they all suffer.

more than anything else the novel tells you as the translator says "what happens when you don't have the courage to rebel" for what you love most. once you lost the thing you love just because you can't fight for
Jeetu Srivastava
First of all I am surprised to see no reviews for such a pure book. This book will not let you sleep for days. The utmost form of love with purity. If you are in genre of Love, philosophy, divinity and purity, its a must read. It teaches about the real love without expectation. Also it realizes us about the difficulties in the path of love without expectation. This can cost everything including one's life. The novel shows you beauty and highness of a girl's heart. I love reading this book and ev ...more
Bhaskar kumar
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Before I started with this book,I had this in my mind that I'll be comfortably pleased with the book but Dharmvir Bharti ji's splendid work shaked me right from head to toe. My mother is a big time fan of Bharti ji which made me take up the job of reading it and I couldn't have asked for more.meticulously written,strong control over every minute situation,the author certainly leaves you spell bound. A rare gem. ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A very intense, very philosophical and very beautiful book. Authenticity and attention to subtle emotions makes this one of those rare books that have the ability to grip the reader with completeness and generate a strong empathy for the plot. One of the first hindi novels I have read. I am looking forward to reading more hindi literature.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Set aside one and half day from your routine if you want to dwell into this marvellous novel. Book shows a very different perspective of love contrasting to the modern love/romance. It makes me wonder whether such kind of pure love could exist in this world. Also loved the way Bharati describes the environment, nature and especially the city of Allahabad like Alfred Park, McPherson Lake, etc.
Pankaj Kumar
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chandar, Sudha and Biniti these characters are going to last for a very long time in my memory. A marvelous story giving different perspective to young men and women relationship. Must read for all hindi literature lovers.
Anand Upadhyay
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
great book!, excellence written by Dharamvir Bharti
hands off !

must read
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