Pather Panchali by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

পথের পাঁচালী-বিভূতিভূষণ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় | Pather Panchali by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Pather Panchali: Pather Panchali was written by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. It was published in 1336. It is a famous novel in Bengali language.

This is a somewhat slow, silent story of a young boy growing up in a poor village in Bengal. It follows Apu and Durga, (two children who are poor even by the standards of their village mates), as they search for wild berries and leaves, steal mangoes from their neighbors, get beaten, play cowries, get lost, and discover trains. Their lives are simple and their stories simply told. You get a sense both of the rarified, natural beauty that village life holds, and of the ways in which it grinds people down, keeps them narrow, and strips them of their dreams.

The other interesting thing about the story is how tangential British presence is in the story. We hear about a now defunct factory near the village, we see the train tracks, and we see a somewhat ridiculous Westernized family putting on airs. But ultimately, the world they live in is so small that Shorbojoya, the mother of Apu and Durga, has never been to a temple 6 miles away in the 10 years she lived in the village. It is a kind of pre-Colonial life that could have been described almost identically if it had been set in the 1600’s.

Durga, who is constantly derided, often beaten, never quite loved — is especially heartbreaking. Because she is a girl, she never gets as much food, is berated for not doing housework, is never taught to read, and lives a jungly, solitary existence. In other ways, the story plainly captures the ways in which women were powerless, less valued, and utterly mistreated.

This story was adapted into a famous Satyajit Ray movie. In some ways I like the movie better, because film seems a better medium to capture the twittering, dripping sounds of the forest, or the quiet, long shots of fields of waving grass.

Still, I would recommend reading the book because it captures the way a child sees the world in a particularly charming and unpretentious manner.

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Book Info

  • Book Name: Pather Panchali
  • Author Name: Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
  • Category: novel
  • Total pages: 166
  • Total size: 8 MB.
  • Language: Bengali
  • Quality: HQ
  • watermark: No

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Short biography of Author


Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, one of the pioneers of Bengali literature, has won the hearts of Bengali speaking readers by writing several time-honored novels. Not only novels, but he has also written various short stories, travelogues, diaries etc. The eminent writer was born on 12 September 1894 in the 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India, but his ancestral home was in Jessore district. He spent his education as a highly gifted student, as evidenced by his passing the Entrance and IA in his first class. He even passed BA with distinction from Ripon College, Calcutta. In addition to writing literature, he spent his career teaching. The most famous of Bibhutibhushan Banerjee’s books is Pather Panchali. Which has gained immense popularity not only in the country but also in foreign lands by being translated into different languages. Renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray has earned immense accolades for making films based on this novel. Some of the more notable books by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay are novels like ‘Aranyak’, ‘Aparajit’, ‘Ichhamati’, ‘Adarsh ​​Hindu Hotel’, ‘Devyan’ etc., and collections of stories like ‘Mauriful’, ‘Kinnar Dal’, ‘Meghamallar’ etc. Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay’s entire book, ‘Bibhuti Rachnabali’, which is completed in 10 volumes, contains all his works in about six and a half thousand pages. This famous writer died on 1 November 1950 at Ghatshila in Bihar. He was posthumously awarded the ‘Rabindra Puraskar’ for his outstanding contribution to literature. Etc. novels, and story collections like ‘Mauriful’, ‘Kinnar Dal’, ‘Meghamallar’ etc. Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay’s entire book, ‘Bibhuti Rachnabali’, which is completed in 10 volumes, contains all his works in about six and a half thousand pages. This famous writer died on 1 November 1950 at Ghatshila in Bihar. He was posthumously awarded the ‘Rabindra Puraskar’ for his outstanding contribution to literature. Etc. novels, and story collections like ‘Mauriful’, ‘Kinnar Dal’, ‘Meghamallar’ etc. Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay’s entire book, ‘Bibhuti Rachnabali’, which is completed in 10 volumes, contains all his works in about six and a half thousand pages. This famous writer died on 1 November 1950 at Ghatshila in Bihar. He was posthumously awarded the ‘Rabindra Puraskar’ for his outstanding contribution to literature.

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