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Book Review: Nirmala by Munshi Premchand

The lack of social security can devastate a woman’s life. When Nirmala’s father is murdered by an old enemy, her fate takes a drastic and gloomy turn. Instead of getting married to Bhuvanmohan, a young man from a well-to-do family, she is forced to tie a knot with widowed Totaram, a man her father’s age. Nirmala holds veneration towards that man and feels a sense of duty for him. However on the other hand, Totaram expects her intimacy and seduces her but Nirmala fails to resurface. Nirmala is Totaram’s second wife; moreover he has three grown-up sons. Of them, the eldest one - Mansaram - is a year older than 15-year-old Nirmala.

Totaram suspects Nirmala and Mansaram are meddling into an affair. Thus, he sends his elder son to a hostel. This move brings clouds of gloominess into Mansaram’s life; as a result he dies in sheer depression. Totaram’s second son blames him for his brother’s death and so he commits suicide in sheer frustration. His third son is lured away by a fake saint and…