Sunday, April 18, 2021

Book Review: Guru Dutt ki Yaadgaari kahaniyaan

 This book is published by Hind Pocket books. 

The blurb mentions that according to a UN survey, Guru Dutt was the best read Hindi author in the 1960s and 70s. 

It is easy to understand why, when one reads the stories. 

The stories are eternal yet gripping. Each story takes you on a roller coaster of emotions, while drawing to a close. 

Some, like Vani ki shuchita, are short and make a point quickly. 

Some, like Talaak (my personal favourite story in the book) demonstrate the strength inherent in Indian women. 

Akhiri Kist is, unfortunately, as relevant today as it was in the 1940s. In fact, reading that story gave me goosebumps because it would be so true today! In any part of of India. 

Unmaad ki chitiksa is hilarious, but only for those who understand the dark humour inherent in it. It drws upon some very Indian concepts. 

GuDiya Raani is predictable, judgemental. 

The other story, after Talaak, that hits you and stays with you, is Apni Dafli. It speaks about a joint family over a long period of time. It really got me thinking, not because everything indicated in the story is true, but because it raises some very pertinent hypothetical questions. 

If you read Hindi short stories, this book is highly recommended. The language is simple, but beautiful. The story telling is nuanced, and very engaging. 

Hindi kitabay - Gurudutt Ki Yadgari Kahania (

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