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Shala is a coming-of-age story of a group of friends, set against the backdrop of the Emergency in India during the 1970s.
Summary Of The Book
Shala is a Marathi novel set in the 1970s in India, during the time of the Emergency. It is narrated by the protagonist, Mukund Joshi. The plot revolves around Mukund and his first tryst with love, and it is blended in with the ups and downs that mark one particular year of his school life.
Mukund is a confused fourteen year old boy hailing from an average middle class family. He is in the ninth grade and has three close friends - Surya, Chitrya, and Favdya. He has a huge crush on Shirodkar, a beautiful girl studying in his class.
But Mukund lives in an era where the orthodox nature of society discourages social interaction between boys and girls. As such, Mukund is forced to be clandestine in his attempts to win the heart of his lady love. He keeps his pursuit of love a secret even from his best friends. And as Mukund is fighting loneliness and despair in love, his friends are undergoing similar phases in their own lives.
Shala talks about those bittersweet schooldays when one is desperate to grow up and feel liberated from the shackles of a restrictive and judgemental society. Narrated from an adolescent’s point of view, it explores several topics including infatuation, love, discipline, the education system, the inevitability of separation, and the ironies of life.
Shala was first published in the year 2003. It has been adapted for a film called Humne Jeena Sikh Liya, and for a single-act play called Ga Ma Bha Na. In January 2012, a Marathi film based on the novel was also released.
About Milind Bokil
Milind Bokil is an Indian writer and sociologist, known for his tremendous contribution to Marathi literature.
He writes in Marathi as well as English. He has written short stories, novels, travelogues, and other books, with a focus on social issues. His works include Thirsting For Water, Udakachiya Arti 3rd Edition, Zen Garden. 3rd Edition (Marathi), Ekam. 2nd Edition (Marathi), Ran Durga, Katakari Vikas Ki Visthapan, Samudra, Samudraparche Samaj. 2nd Edition (Marathi), and Janache Anubhav Pusata, 2nd Edition (Marathi).
Bokil has written extensively about social development and its related issues. A quest for meaning and direction in life is a consistent underlying theme in his writing. With his artistic flair for writing, he subtly explores the nuances of social relationships and human emotions.
Bokil was born in 1960. His initial education was in the field of electronics and radio engineering. Like many other youth of his time, he was influenced by the Sampoorna Kranti movement and was drawn towards social reconstruction and development. He quit his job and volunteered for a tribal development project in coastal Maharashtra. He went on to gain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology from the Mumbai University. He followed them up with a doctorate in Sociology from Pune University. His literary career began in 1981. He has received several awards including the Best Literature Award by the Maharashtra Foundation.
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Feb 21, 2012
Jabardast!!!!Shala movie pahili. Kupach aavdla to movie mhanun lagech Flpkart varun book magavla and mag vachayla laglo. Shaletla jeevan hyavar aahe he book. Entertainment madhe he book Chetan Bhagat chya saglya booksla dhool khayla lavel. Hats-off to Milind Bokil itki uchcha kadambari lihili aahe hi tyane. Book vachtana te khali thevaychi ichchach hot nahi. Ek ek character itka barkaine rekhatla aahe ki te chitrach dolya samor ubha rahat. Ashish maja mi kivva konihi shalet astana keli aslyane te manala bhidata. Tyachi headlinech aahe "Shalet Gelelya Pratekasathi" aani purna sarthak keli aahe tyane book ma… (Expand)
Oct 8, 2011
Ekdam Zakkkkassss Pustak !!!!Ekdam Zakkkkassss Pustak ahe...Shaletalya Aathavni tajya zaalya..
Sep 4, 2011
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May 28, 2012
Excellent bookReally nice book which takes you back to your school days. Remind you of everything. story of 9th class student about his school, frinds their love and his fundas of love. you wont purt it down till you finish it.
Apr 23, 2012
Ekdam Jabardast!!!!!"Shala" - Definitely reminds you your school days. You definitely try to match the characters from the book to your school mates. And definitely find out your own character too. Writer hasn't left a single character.
Mar 24, 2012
Sublte ,Sweet ,Exquisite!!Ever been to school? YES!.. Then this book is definitely going to set your heart racing at points and leave you wanting for more.You would actually start wishing for the protagonist's love story to meet a successful ending.
Feb 12, 2012
Its MasterstrokeIts masterstroke by milind bokil. Many thanks for remembering me my school days. Specially boys must read it, really its chummeshwari! Boys go for it. Thanks flipkart too for good service...........................................................................................................................................................................................
Feb 11, 2012
Sangrahi thevava asa Pustak !Atach Shala ha movie pahila.. pahatana tyatla je Main character ahe to mich ahe asa kayam vatat hota....karan tyane je kahi kelay te sarv me shalet astana kelay..me to picture 3 vela pahila..tari pan ajun man bharalela nahi..mg me te pustak vikat ghyach tharavala...bharpur thikani shodhala but kuthech available navta..
Sep 26, 2011
awesome novelMilind Bokil ... Hats Off !!!
May 11, 2014
Must BuyShala is my fav movie.. & thought of buying this book as book describes everything!