हे सर्व कोठून येते? – A Book Review

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If you are aware of the contemporary Marathi theatre scene, then one name will be very familiar to you: Vijay Tendulkar. He was a fantastic playwright with many milestones in Marathi theatre like Ghashiram Kotwal, Gidhade and Sakharam Bainder which are recorded on his name. He had also written stories for some amazing films, such as Ardhasatya, Akrosh and Nishant. On the other hand, he had written many short and long articles, essays on various occasions. “हे सर्व कोठून येते?” is a compilation.

While talking about this book in its prologue, he said “After observing people for so many years, I feel labeling them is pointless. They are very complex, we can only scrape the surface of one’s personality. We have to accept that every person has a whole different life other than one we have experienced. We should not make judgments about the ‘other part’ of life. If we do, then it should be for our own musing.”

This book is all about people he met, interacted and worked with in his long span of a career as a journalist; an editor of various periodicals, a writer and during his work under Nehru Fellowship. He came across various politicians as a journalist and editor and he has tried to present them differently trying to put some light on their unique facet. He had taken the interview of ex-CM of Maharashtra Vasantrao Naik, ex-CM of Gujrat Chimanbhai Patel and J P Naik but in this book he has written elaborately about them and his experience of meeting them for an interview.

While working for Maratha, one of the old popular Marathi daily, he had witnessed a lot of different avatars of Pra. Ke. Atre, legendary writer, orator and owner of Maratha. He has been active in politics in those days and was famous for being blunt while putting his thoughts to words. He has dedicated some of the articles to his fellow writer, friends, and colleagues.

But the last two articles from the book are really different than others. They talk about death, murders and death penalty elaborately. These two articles have made me reschedule my today’s blog post for next week and write this review for you guys. I tell you, folks, I had never read anything so thought-provoking about somebody’s death or somebodies act of murdering another human. I wasn’t able to speak about anything for almost 15 minutes after I finished the book on this note. Guys, I recommend that you grab a copy of the book at least for these two articles. I know, it’s a Marathi book but you feel free to ask me anything if the language is a barrier for you, I will be very happy to help you in this matter.

My rating: – 4.5/5

Name of the book: हे सर्व कोठून येते?

Publisher: Rajhans Prakashan

Pages: 195

ISBN: 81-7434-317-2

ISBN13: 9788174343178

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Vinay Leo R. says:

    “We have to accept that every person has a whole different life other than one we have experienced.”

    very true. sounds like a good book. 🙂 I don’t read Hindi books much, so I won’t say I’ll try, but your review is nice.

    1. Adi Sathe says:

      Book is not in Hindi, It’s a Marathi book

    2. Vinay Leo R. says:

      Oh. then definitely can’t read it. I read Marathi theater, but somehow, I thought the book might be in Hindi.

  2. mahekg says:

    I have recently starting enjoying Marathi Movies… most of them simple with some good messages… have developed a liking for them. Books could be the next step hopefully.

    1. Adi Sathe says:

      Sure thing, you can start with books by P. L. Deshpande if you like…

  3. nuttynupur says:

    Am a Tendulkar fan, but I didn’t know about this! Would have liked more quotes from the book.

    1. Adi Sathe says:

      Will try to add more quotes from next time.. 🙂

  4. The language barrier would come in the way but it sounds like an interesting book.

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    1. Adi Sathe says:

      Dont worry, if you pick this book, feel free to ping me thousands time for language help…

  5. Modern Gypsy says:

    This sounds like an excellent book. Sadly, I have forgotten all the Marathi that I leant at school. If they ever put out a translation, do let me know!

  6. ladynimue says:

    I wish the book was in hindi / english. Looks so interesting.

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