Ek Sukumaria ka Ant by Janardan is a riveting Hindi title that contains four long stories. The book is poignant in depicting the hedonistic themes that are prevalent in the world, especially in our morals and tenacity.
Through these stories the author tried to concern the voices of people caught in the circle of fate and doom and circumstances. It is not necessary that only poor people are trapped in the victim cycle, the author covered characters from all class. Also one prominent theme is that the world acts as a stage for many aspects and chores. It’s clear from the first story Rangmanch, where we got to see the reconciliation of two lovers that was staged by their family and friends.
In the next story of Lifafa, the author portrayed the grim realities of corruption that runs in our administration and political system. The man tries to get a transfer but his efforts were becoming futile as the envelope he was giving wasn’t properly channelized and it lacked the weightage of money. Money mattes, not just recommendations. It’s clear from this story.
Last two stories in the book are based on the plight and stance of women in our country. First story, which is also a title, Sukumaria is a fine young lady of twentieth century who defiled herself for the sake of her family. Her sacrifice may look as a curse to the society, but she was miserable in her stance. In continue with the plight of women, the book presents the story of Pushpa, the young girl from twenty first century. She suffers, die, and get molested by her seniors in the office…for what…to support her family. These two stories are set in different timelines but show the sad situation of women. Their stories reek of patriarchal moral corruption. All the stories in the book are brilliant and engrossing.
It’s a good and readable book providing food for thoughts. For Hindi literature lovers, the book carries glimpses of Munshi Premchand like work. All in all, the book offers wonderful yet entertaining stories with great message for our moral conscious.
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