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Manvi Ni Bhavai: A Novel of Famine and Endurance by Pannalal Patel


Manvi Ni Bhavai (àªàªàªàªµà àªà àªàªµàªàª) is a novel by Pannalal Patel (1912-1989), a renowned Gujarati author who won the Jnanpith Award for his contributions to Gujarati literature. The novel was first published in 1947 and tells the story of a farmer and his struggle to survive during a famine. The novel has been translated into English as Endurance: A Droll Saga[^1^].


The novel is set in the village of Kalagadh in Gujarat, where a severe drought has caused crop failure and starvation. The protagonist, Kalu, is a poor farmer who lives with his wife Raju and their son Khima. Kalu tries to cope with the harsh conditions by working as a laborer, selling his cattle, and borrowing money from a moneylender. He also hopes for rain and prays to the goddess Amba. Raju supports her husband and son with her love and courage, but she also suffers from hunger and illness. Khima is a young boy who dreams of becoming a soldier and fighting for his country.


The novel depicts the hardships and tragedies that befall Kalu and his family, as well as the other villagers, during the famine. It also portrays the social and cultural aspects of rural life in Gujarat, such as festivals, rituals, customs, superstitions, caste system, and gender roles. The novel is written in a humorous and sarcastic tone, which contrasts with the grim reality of the situation. The novel also explores the themes of human endurance, faith, love, sacrifice, and death.


Manvi Ni Bhavai is considered one of the classics of Gujarati literature and has been adapted into a film, a play, and a television series. The novel has received critical acclaim and has been praised for its realistic portrayal of rural life, its vivid characterization, its poetic language, and its social relevance. The novel has also been compared to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath (1939), which deals with a similar theme of famine and migration.The novel is divided into three parts, each corresponding to a season: summer, monsoon, and winter. The first part, summer, introduces the main characters and the setting of the village. It also shows the initial effects of the drought and the desperation of the villagers. The second part, monsoon, depicts the hope and joy that the arrival of rain brings to the villagers. However, it also reveals the corruption and exploitation that the moneylender and the landlord practice on the poor farmers. The third part, winter, portrays the climax and the resolution of the novel. It shows the final fate of Kalu and his family, as well as the other villagers, who decide to migrate to another place in search of a better life.


The novel is narrated by an omniscient narrator who occasionally addresses the reader directly. The narrator also uses various literary devices, such as irony, satire, symbolism, foreshadowing, and flashbacks, to enhance the story. The novel also incorporates many folk songs, proverbs, riddles, and anecdotes that reflect the culture and wisdom of the villagers. The novel also uses a mixture of standard Gujarati and dialects spoken in different regions of Gujarat.


Manvi Ni Bhavai is a novel that captures the essence of human life in times of crisis. It shows how people can endure hardships with courage and dignity, but also how they can succumb to despair and death. It shows how people can love and support each other, but also how they can betray and hurt each other. It shows how people can have faith and hope in a higher power, but also how they can question and doubt it. It shows how people can live and die with grace and humor. 061ffe29dd






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