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Gaban (Hindi) is one of the most popular novels by the acclaimed writer. It revolves around the central character of Ramanath, who commits a foolish mistake in his blind love for his wife.
Summary Of The Book
Gaban (Hindi) is a story of a man’s love for his wife and his misguided attempts to satisfy her love for jewelry. Ramanath is a young man who marries the lovely Jalpa, under false pretenses. He has projected his family as wealthy and prosperous, while actually, they are in deep debt.
Ramanath's father worked for a government department, an honest employee who never ventured on the path of corruption. But, he borrowed heavily to conduct the marriage of his son and is now in debt. The family silently take the jewelry that Jalpa brought with her, and sell it to pay off their debt, telling Jalpa that her jewels were stolen.
Jalpa is not too upset as she believes that her rich husband will just buy her new jewels. Rama is deeply in love with his beautiful wife, and wants to fulfil all her desires, including her inordinate love for jewels. Rama starts taking bribes to buy the jewels that his wife wants. This starts the downwards spiral of his life. He buys jewels on credit and is unable to pay the jewellers. Ultimately, he even steals money from his workplace in a desperate attempt to pay off an urgent debt.
This act of Gaban (embezzlement), however frightens him, and he flees from home, leaving a letter to his wife explaining what has happened. He boards a train to Calcutta and an older man takes takes pity on him, buys his passage to Calcutta, and ultimately takes him to his own home.
Meanwhile, Jalpa is struck by remorse by what her lust for jewels has led her husband to do. She sells all her jewelry and clears all his debts, including the money taken from his office. She then tries desperately to locate him. In Calcutta, Rama is unaware of all this and his fear of the police and suspicious behavior leads to his arrest. He confesses his crimes to the police, who find that there are actually no charges against him. They don’t tell him this and play on his fears to incite him to give false testimonies, against a few people they have arrested for a spate of dacoity in the region.
Gaban (Hindi) is a tale of how greed and weak character can ruin a man. It is also a tale of love and redemption, as the wife repents for her material cravings which led to her husband’s ruin, while she tries to save him from himself.
Premchand was a writer in Urdu and Hindi.
A few of his other works are Devasthan Rahasya, Roothi Rani, Vardaan, Premashram, Pratigya, Karmabhoomi, and Duniya ka Sabse Anmol Ratan.
Premchand was born in 1880. His original name was Dhanpat Rai Srivastav. He generally wrote in both, Urdu and Hindi. He initially used the pen name, Nawab Rai, but later changed it to Premchand. He also translated some of the best literature from other languages into Hindi, including stories by Leo Tolstoy. He is considered as one of the greatest writers in Hindustani literature.
|Publisher||Rajpal & Sons|
|Edition||Rajpal & Sons|
|Number of Pages||255 Pages|
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Mar 10, 2013
Must read for everyone who has inclination towards Precious metals and stones !!This novel is an eye-opener that nobody should have great inclination towards fulfilling all kinds of deeds by their family members, rather it should be taken care of with one's own ability of handling the financial affairs of the home.
Dec 31, 2011
one of the bestsellers by munshijiinfact "Gaban" is all about the misunderstanding generated due to the misappropriation of money by a character "Rama" .he feels he could not fulfill all the demands made by his wife "Jalpa".so he drags out money from the place he works and pays off for the debt .In the feedback his felt as if he will b caught and thereby skips off to kolkata where in the confusion itself he finds himself entangled in a vicious circle. unknowingly that the money he has burgled has been paid off he suffers new tragedies over there. although i feel that munshiji has given a good touch to the novel i found ending … (Expand)
Jul 28, 2014
Premchand written has to be excellent!The book is an excellent read! Please read it and you will know what Premchand was all about. But the flipcart experience this time wasnt very good.
Jul 4, 2014
Nice light readOrdered this for my mom, and she liked to read them. Good buy for offered price.
Jun 17, 2014
One of the best titles of Premchand.This book is one of the best novels of munshi premchand that are a must read for everyone. these stories give a insight into old times and human values and behaviors. Book was promptly delivered before scheduled delivery date and in good packing. Quality is average and not good. Pages are very filmsy and binding loose.
Dec 27, 2013
Must readIt's a great novel by premchand ji. A must read for everyone especially before your marriage for a smooth relationship
Aug 13, 2013
A Master Piece..The story is quite good and it keeps you busy all the time. In fact, it is so good that you would love to finish the book in one go...
Feb 19, 2013
the fascinating story of relations and emotionsTe writer glimpses the actual relationship of husband and wife .firstly love of gold and then with partner is narrated very smoothly .THE DIGNITY OF INDIAN WOMAN is define very strongly.The struggle of JALPA to find her husband and RAMCHANDRA guiltfeeling is draw very beautifully .the writer gives us a very real and fascin timeating description of that timeof northindia .you will flow with novel and feel like you will be in that time .