Thursday, July 30, 2015

Short Notes: Deshdrohi by Yashpal




 Bhagwandas Khanna, a doctor in the British Indian Army, is abducted by the Waziris, a Frontier tribe, near the fluid North-Western border of British India. That is the beginning of an adventure that sees him being converted into a Muslim; being sold-off in Ghazini; slipping in Soviet Russia and experiencing first-hand the great Socialist experiment; becoming a staunch communist; and eventually being smuggled back into British India in order to propagate the communist ideology even as the second world war rages on...

Meanwhile, Raj, his wife, tries to commit suicide on hearing of his (alleged) death and when saved from doing so, joins the Congress in order to fight for the freedom of her country.

Will their paths ever cross again? And if so, in what circumstances?

Uneven - some parts are interesting, some most boring- the novel is good enough for a one-time read.

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First Line: Ajaani andheri raah par use ghasite liye ja rahe they.

Publishing Details: Lucknow: Viplav Karalaya, 1958
First Published: 1943
Pages: 298
Source: OTS since 2004
Other books read of the same author: Dada Kamrade


10 comments:

  1. It certainly sounds like a great premise for an adventure, Neeru. Glad you enjoyed it well enough.

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    1. Yeah, the adventure part is great but the story bogs down after some time.

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  2. I'm intrigued by the abduction. Why this doctor, I wonder?!
    Sounds like an exciting read! Great review!

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    1. Thanks Freda. Yes, initially the story is pretty interesting.

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  3. It does sound adventurous and I like the idea of the two stories of the wife and the husband. Too bad you did not find it that great.

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    1. Yes Tracy, the premise of the novel is interesting but later on...well it becomes repetitive...

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