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Alert on more product reviews. Alert on new comments on this reviews. Jhootha Sach - Yashpal. The ingenuineness of this review appears doubtful. Justify your opinion. For the first time, perhaps, a Hindi book is being reviewed on MS.

I am reviewing it because it is one of the greatest novels of the world and the greatest literary fiction book written in Hindi. The readers who can and who are interested in reading Hindi literature should not leave Jhootha Sach false truth which is not just for the people reading for entertainment but also for the people who are interested in knowing the things leading to and happened after the era-changing event of India's partition in The book is a real account of that historical period because the author, Yashpal himself was a member of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association led and operated by Chandra Shekhar Azad and had been a close associate of Bhagat Singh.

After the martyrdom of these revolutionaries, Yashpal left the path of violence and devoted himself to literary work. He wrote many good books consisting of both novels and stories and was bestowed upon the Gyanpeeth Award too.

However his best work, this epic novel giving a true account of the country's partition and the subsequent decline of the national character in India, did not get any award. Yet, all the literativists and critics are unanimous in their opinion that Jhootha Sach is not only the best work of Yashpal but also the best realistic novel ever written in Hindi.

Jhootha Sach is an epic novel written in two parts - 1. Watan Aur Desh the motherland and the nation , 2. Desh Ka Bhavishya future of the nation. It gives an insight into the people's thought patterns and psyche in the pre-partion as well as the post-partition days and very naturally describes how the so-called idealists and nationalists of dependent India became the men not able to look beyond their vested interests after the country's political independence.

The story starts when one of the lead characters, Jaidev Puri, the elder son of a lower middle class family of a school teacher in Lahore, gets released from jail alongwith several other prisoners detained in the wake of the Quit India Movement. The very first scene which is of the death of his grandmother lends momentum to the story and then there is no looking back either for the author or for the reader. The other protagonist of the novel is his sister Tara who is a woman of principles.

At the start of the story, she is a nineteen years old teenager who is proud of her brother who is a freedom-fighter. Things move politically and socially in India, leading to newer and newer developments for the brother-sister duo. Tara falls in love with her classmate Asad who is a Muslim whereas Jaidev Puri succumbs to the charm of his student, Kanak whom he gives tutions for English and who belongs to a well-off and reputed family of a known and respected political figure of Lahore.

Tara gets married to a loafer, Somraj against her will and then only she realises that her so-called patriot brother is, in fact, a hypocrite who maintains double standards and is scared to do anything worthwhile for anybody else or for the cause of any principle or ideals. The house of Tara's in-laws is attacked by the Muslim rioteers on her wedding night itself and while fleeing for her life, she has to undergo much trauma before she is rescued from a brothel and carried to Amritsar as a refugee.

Puri gets stuck in a rioteer attack on a train and circumstances take him to Jalandhar where he happens to meet his political senior in jail, Sood Ji. Thus the brother-sister duo loses its Watan motherland which is Lahore but now they are in their Desh nation which cannot be Lahore, for it is a part of Pakistan now.

Here ends the first part. The second part shows the transformation of the Indians from the all sacrificing patriots to the people interested in and taking care of their vested interests only. Here comes the change in the principles and ideals of the brother who was, in fact, a pseudo-nationalist and now moves like a fan with the direction of the wind.

He proves himself a hypocrite in the eyes of not only his parents but also his sweetheart Kanak also who is now his wife. He becomes a corrupt publisher cum businessman working in association of Sood Ji who is now encashing his so-called sacrifices made for the country prior to its independence.

The sister Tara, on the other hand proves that her principles and ideals were not just for the fair weather. She has to bear and foster them for her entire life. Firstly her parental family gets the news that she got burnt when the rioteers set her in-laws' house to flames but later on her escape and the fact that she is alive, is known to all including Puri.

She faces all odds and comes across all kinds of people but with her determination, courage and perseverance, she is able to carve a niche for herself in the cruel and the selfish world.

She becomes a civil servant by clearing the Indian Civil Services Exam. Having seen a lot of things in her life, she is not ready to marry just anybody. Then Dr. Praan Naath who is now the economic adviser to the Govt. Despite the age difference, they decide to get married but Puri manages his sister to be charged for bigamy which is a punishable crime for a govt. In the ending scene, the marrying couple gets exonerated in the enquiry whereas Puri's mentor Sood Ji loses his seat in the general elections in January The story has several sub-plots and several characters.

The historical events as well as the historical characters have been woven in the fictional plot with finesse by the legendary author who has used his own freedom-fighting experience skillfully in authoring the book. The book spells out the riots and the Hindu-Muslim psyche in detail, yet it is nowhere biased. Neither the bashing of any community, nor the undue support to any community's prejudices towards the other. All the characters whether the lead ones or the supporting ones, are completely human.

The novel shows that a human-being is a product of the circumstances prevailing at the particular moment or in the particular time. It describes crowd behaviour, the socio-political understanding of the educated Indian masses and the prejudices and stereotypes deep-seated in the psyche of the people of both the religious faiths with utmost sincerety and truthfulness.

If you are interested in getting a true and reliable account of that turbulent period and pre-partition and post-partition scenario of India, this fictional piece of work may be more useful than the history books as it has been written by a revolutionary himself, maintaining a totally objective and impartial outlook.

Even then, this is not just dry history, it contains a totally human story which consists of all the RASAS of literature and fiction and is thoroughly engrossing for the reader.

Upload photo files with. Image size per photo cannot exceed 10 MB. Nice review on Jhootha Sach. I enjoyed reading it especially the second part. Ok, seems to be quite a good read. English version is available?

I remember the one review written by Swati her previous ms id is deleted - it was swan , might be aarambh also reviewed Hindi books.

By: hermit Apr 27, PM. I too had interest in partition literature and no doubt this one is one of the great book. I have seen it in a book store in Delhi but have not read it yet. By: bebylon Apr 27, PM. Jitendra, I am so happy to see a hindi book being reviewed here on MS. I must say that you are bringing a new life to MS, with the kind of topics you are choosing to review. By: Faerie Apr 27, PM. Hi, That was good review,havent read much of partition literature maybe only pinjar by amrita pritam.

Will be reading this one. Hindi books have been reviewed before on MS. You will get I read one a few days ago. By: dsaumis Apr 27, PM. Jitendra, excellent review!!! I'll try to find this one sometime.. By: iamindiamenon Apr 27, PM. Jitendra Mathur. By: jmathur Apr 27, PM. Prashant, While thanking you, let me tell you that I have read Tamas also and the stories referred to by you. Still, I maintain that the comprehensive and detailed impartial account of pre and post partition scenario is in Jhootha Sach.

Do read Jhootha Sach to know everything about that time. Enjoyed reading. Thanks a lot Thanks a lot Mazhar Bhai for your encouraging comments, as always. Hi jMathur, seems to be an intersting read Have red few Hindi books eariler.. Hope to read this one now.. Your review Feels good to read the review too.. S - Hermit is right, Hindi reviews are written here time and again, the one I can remember is on ''Mritunjaya'' - The Story of Karna by Aarambh , that was an awesome revieww.

Another one was by Swati, on a story of some Daku Women, other than that, yours is the third one that is going to be in my mind Dear Vikki, Thanks a lot for the visit and the valuable comments. Please do read this book. This epic novel is an honest account of that era, totally impartial.

I will read the reviews of the Hindi books you have mentioned on MS. By: jmathur May 02, AM. A good review reminded me of the trilogy written in Bengali by a well known novelist, Shri Samaresh Majumdar, pivoting around pre and post Naxal movement in Bengal. Thanks a ton Geeta Ji. I would like to read the Hindi version of the trilogy if available. By: jmathur Dec 24, PM. Jhootha Sach is a great book.


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Alert on more product reviews. Alert on new comments on this reviews. Jhootha Sach - Yashpal. The ingenuineness of this review appears doubtful. Justify your opinion. For the first time, perhaps, a Hindi book is being reviewed on MS. I am reviewing it because it is one of the greatest novels of the world and the greatest literary fiction book written in Hindi.


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Its first half Vatan aur Desh is set in Lahore, with a mix of characters, including the central and ultimately weak hero Puri, carries a heady mix of ideological ferment and social change in the decades preceding Independence. On the one hand, the uprooted characters are struggling to create themselves in a new desh , whereas the settled continuities of vatan are no longer possible. The canvas of the story is extremely vast and panoramic. The author, with his grip on current events of the day and social analysis, manages to recreate the world he lived in perfectly. The characters may be fictional but the picture of the society, replete with its challenges, issues, and politics is credible and well-balanced. The two-volume Jhootha Sach , revolves around two key moments that directly shape Partition, closely connects history and fictional narrative.


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