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Rajkamal Prakashan Pvt Ltd, Sep 1, 2008 - 167 pages
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aaj ke hamare mahabhoj sacche udharan h jo ki janta ki laso ko noch choth ke khate h aaj ki satta kanun byawasth bi same h MAHABHOJ H NETA HUMARE

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This is my second Hindi novel in the last one month after Topi Shukla and I’m immensely happy to have read these books. In the book reading spree that I’ve been in for quite some time now, I never bothered to find out as to why I’m sticking only to English literature. Once this awareness came to mind I started to look for some good books written in Hindi language and then I came to know of a few books that I readily added to my to-read list.
Mahabhoj, written by Mannu Bhandari is a bold attempt in the sense that the author has ventured out of the traditional domain of women writers and written a novel on politics. Replete with deep emotions, sarcasm, and symbolism this novel is a commentary on Indian politics which has become devoid of values, principles and direction Mahabhoj is an allusion to the Grand Dinner that is being shared and savoured viciously by those in whose hands people have placed their destinies. This vicious collusion involving the politicians, bureaucrats and the media etc works to the advantage of the wicked manipulators but causes acute agony to common men.
Story of this novel revolves around the death of Bisesar, a discerning and restive young man from the village. The Chief Minister’s destiny hangs on the cause of the death of Bisesar which is being investigated by an SP Saxena, for whom this case appears to have presented an opportunity to salvage the burden of his long standing guilt. Caught between the crossfire of two political rivals, Bisesar’s father is not even able to peacefully grieve his son’s death. Moving through the political stratagems and counter stratagems, the story of Mahabhoj takes a strong emotional turn towards the end.
While reading the book I had got so immersed in the book that by the time I finished Mahabhoj I was already in a sea of turbulence, feeling vicarious anger, disappointment and sympathy.
It’s one of the finest books that I’ve read so far and in my opinion it’s a must read for every connoisseur of literature.

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