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Shala

Author: Milind Bokil
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Language: Marathi
Length: 303 Pages
Publisher: Mouj Prakashan
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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.

Specifications of Shala (Paperback)

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Author Milind Bokil
Book Details
Publisher Mouj Prakashan
Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13 9788174869098
ISBN-10 8174869093
Language Marathi
Edition 8thEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 303 Pages
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21 Feb 2012
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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... ()

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...
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 madhe.

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24 Mar 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.
The setup unfolds in a small town with Mukund Joshi as the central character.Not only then you fall in love with the naive imagination of the kid but start remembering your own school days(Probably those who had done their schooling in 'Marathi medium' can relate to it more).Mukund,Ambabai,Surya,Chitrya and Shirodkar...there are enough number of colorful character...
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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.
The setup unfolds in a small town with Mukund Joshi as the central character.Not only then you fall in love with the naive imagination of the kid but start remembering your own school days(Probably those who had done their schooling in 'Marathi medium' can relate to it more).Mukund,Ambabai,Surya,Chitrya and Shirodkar...there are enough number of colorful character...
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.
The setup unfolds in a small town with Mukund Joshi as the central character.Not only then you fall in love with the naive imagination of the kid but start remembering your own school days(Probably those who had done their schooling in 'Marathi medium' can relate to it more).Mukund,Ambabai,Surya,Chitrya and Shirodkar...there are enough number of colorful characters in this voyage.Every character shapes up and end up contributing to 'Mukund and Shirodkar' Love story which subtly matches with the central theme of the book -'SHALA'.
About the Author,Milind Bokil,has done a great job depicting the 1975-76,Mid Emergency era and amalgamating a common man's life.So swiftly one feels like going along the flow.Kudos!! Mr. Bokil.
Finally I would love to quote Mukund - 'Shala sampliye,ata rahilay te fakta dahavi navach Bhayan warsha'.

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28 Jun 2013
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Revisiting childhood

This book describes the world of teenage boy studying in 9th class in typical rural marathi school. Reading this book is like revisiting the memories of schooldays, everyone of us gone through this stage of life. It leaves you nostalgic.There is a marathi movie released based on this book with same title. The movie is worst & doesn't do any justice to the book. Reading this book is thousand times better than watching the movie. I recommend not to watch that movie before reading this book or if possible don't watch it at all :-)

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14 Aug 2012
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Revisit your school life!

Great novel by Milind Bokil. Even though most of the story we already know, it drives you in the depths of memories from your school life. You starts realizing that this is what you have done in your past! The story of Mukund Joshi becomes very much of yours. On the last page author leaves you with nothing but a huge emptiness inside you; the pain of missing something which was merely close to your heart. Re-experience the very thrills, once you experienced in your younger life!

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25 Jun 2012
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For everysoul who went to "THE SCHOOL"!!!

Guys I am avid book reader mostly in English language though but have to say I read this master piece bit late.But better late than never.This book will ring bells with each and everybody who has went to the school especially young boys will definitely connect with this book and feel one with the main character!!!
To sum up a must read and as author rightly says in the intro for "everyone who has went to school"!!!
P.S.Books like these keep my faith in Marathi literature!!!

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Shala is my fav movie.. & thought of buying this book as book describes everything!

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shala movie jari baghitla asla taripan pustak vaachala far chaan vatate. milind bokil hats off to you. ......... (View complete review)

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great book

Just read it & go to school once again!!!! Awesome better than
Shala movie....???.must read......???...........
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Everyone should read this book. It will surely remind you, your school days.....
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    Book: Shala by Milind Bokil
    ISBN Number: 8174869093, 9788174869098, 978-8174869098

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