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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Palayan by Ravi Ranjan Goswami
My Rating - 2 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Rajmangal Publication
Genre - Fiction/Short Story
Publishing year - 2019
Language - Hindi
ISBN - 978-9388202633
Pages - 80

My Review - 

Palayan is written in the Hindi language by Ravi Ranjan Goswami. The plot is based in a small city of Orai, Uttar Pradesh. It is a story of two middle-class families. Suresh is the son of a school professor Harilal, he has three siblings. The elder sister Rekha's marriage is the prime concern of their family. 

In the second scenario, Manohar and his wife Kamla trade street food. They had three daughters and one son. The elder daughter Chanda is a beautiful and intelligent girl, married to Suresh, just after her board exams. She wanted to continue her studies, which create troubles at home. 

Suresh's mother Umadevi is a headstrong and rude lady. She makes his life hell after he lost his job. Due to daily taunts, he lost the urge to work and Chanda has to step up to aid household necessities. 

The author tries to depict mental awareness, dowry, and infertility issues, but it lacks the depths. The characters are not developed properly. The subjects felt real, but the narration is basic and had several loose points, like Rashmi's story, Chanda's parents' response to her struggle, Rekha's wedding, and many more. 

At one place Manohar's name changed to Manmohan, the story has other errors too; that breaks the flow of reading. I read a Hindi book, after a long time, and I had some expectations from this story which is not meet. 

I am going here with the approach of glass is half full. I like the way Umadevi supports Chanda's job and having a daughter, even though they have their differences. Chanda's behavior towards Suresh seems realistic, and Suresh's condition left me thinking about the serious subject of mental stability and a healthy atmosphere. The story had potential, but writing requires careful outlining. I appreciate the author's efforts and hoping to read a much better story in the future.

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