Manvi Ni Bhavai: A Classic Novel of Gujarati Literature by Pannalal Patel
Manvi Ni Bhavai (àªàªàªàªµà àªà àªàªµàªàª) is a novel written by Pannalal Patel, one of the most renowned Gujarati writers of the 20th century. The novel was originally published in 1947 and has received the prestigious Jnanpith Award in 1985. It is translated in English as Endurance: A Droll Saga.
The novel is set against the rural backdrop of Gujarat and depicts the story of a farmer and his struggle to survive during the great famine of 1899-1900, which had ravaged this part of the world. It is also a love story between Kalu and Raju, two young people who face many hardships and challenges in their life. The novel portrays the harsh realities of rural life, the social customs and traditions, the faith and superstitions, the joys and sorrows of the common people.
The novel is written in a simple, direct style, free of conventional artifice and sophistication. It is not crude or raw, but rather reflects the authentic voice of the rural folk. The novel has been praised for its realism, its humor, its humanism and its artistic merit. It is considered as one of the masterpieces of Gujarati literature and has been adapted into a film, a play and a TV series.
If you are interested in reading this novel, you can download a PDF version from here[^1^]. You can also buy a hardcover edition from Amazon[^2^]. You can also read other novels by Pannalal Patel, such as Valamana (The Send-off), Malela Jeev (The Immortal Love), Manvini Bhavai (Endurance: A Droll Saga) and many others.
Pannalal Patel was born on 7 May 1912 in Mandli village (now in Dungarpur, Rajasthan) to Nanasha aka Nanalal and Hiraba, an Anjana Chaudhari family. He is youngest among his four siblings. His father was a farmer and used to recite Ramayana, Okhaharan and other mythological stories for his village. This earned his house a nickname \"abode of learning\". His father died during his childhood and his mother Hiraba raised the children. [^3^]
His education progressed with many difficulties due to poverty. He could study up to only the fourth standard at Sir Pratap High School, Idar. During school days, he befriended his schoolmate Umashankar Joshi. For a brief period, he worked as a manager in a liquor manufacturing company in Dungarpur. He wrote his first novel while working as a domestic help in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In 1936, he accidentally met his old friend Umashankar Joshi who persuaded him to write. He wrote his first short story Sheth Ni Sharda (1936). Later, his stories were published in many Gujarati magazines.
In 1940, he received recognition for his first novel Valamana (The Send-off), followed by Malela Jeev (1941), Manvini Bhavai (1947) and many other novels. In 1971, he started a publishing company Sadhana in Ahmedabad along with his two sons. During the later years, he mostly wrote novels based on Hindu mythology and epics. He died on 6 April 1989 in Ahmedabad following brain haemorrhage. 061ffe29dd