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वे दिन An Indian student is asked to act as an interpreter for Raina an Austrian on a holiday in Prague The professional meeting explodes into an intense passionate relationship Prague in winter is a beautiful and moody setting to the feverish love affair The complicated and inevitably short lived romance is poignant and deeply moving in its telling by the master of the modern Hindi novel Nirmal VermaThis book is translation of original novel in Hindi called Ve Din NaYes I would recommend this book to the people who are new to Hindi reading and looking for something simple and entertaining Not as good as his masterpiece 'Antim Aranya' The story was slow paced and there was concentration on atmosphere building Yet some uotes are memorable हृदय स्पर्शी I regret that I had not read Nirmal Verma earlier He is as great as renowned foreign writers of Murakami Milan Kundera Coelho ilk This novel is very touchy and describes the emotions of liking longing desire and separation A beautiful naration of development of a relationship between an indian student working as part time interpreter to an Austrian tourist in the city of Prague A must read to know how great has been written in Hindi language Last weekend I was deep in my thoughts thanks to Days of Longing by Nirmal K Verma a translated version of ''Ve Din'' by the same author and translator as Krishna Baldev Vaid Revolving around a person who is away from home in a foreign country who meets someone so special that when the story ends you are not able to decide whether Days of Longing was a happy book or a sad book?The uestion kept creeping back in my mind whether this is a happy book or a sad book and honestly I am still in two minds But one thing is for sure that this is one of the most moving works I have recently come across Depending on one's perspective this book may seem to some readers as a sad story disguised as something nice or just a slice of life tale from the protagonistAn Indian student is living in Prague from last two years and is spending Christmas holidays away from home He is surrounded by other foreign students Than Thun TT from Burma Franz from Germany who is studying cinematography but is going nowhere with his choice and his eccentric girlfriend Maria who is not able to get her visa so that she can leave Prague with FranzMuch of their time is spent roaming around streets of Prague drinking vodka or beer or sherry go without hot water for days and no sleep than a couple of hours and constantly joking about living in “the city of empty pockets and full bladders” because there are very few public urinalsNow apart from these common characteristics and living style of an immigrant student what you don't see in Days of Longing is the typical pining for home feeling There is no background story to the protagonist's character no feelings for the country and no late nights crying and desiring for mother's touch And this was a pleasant surprise for me because I was under the impression that there might be some Indian immigrant element in the storyThe only mention of home comes while conversing with TT “We had left home at a stage when our childhood connections had been cut off and we hadn’t yet forged adult links with people and places” he tells us speaking of himself and TT “Our homes seemed unreal from afar like someone else’s homes alien memories They seemed meaningless even ridiculous”Turn in the story comes when protagonist lands a temporary job as a translator for an Austrian woman Raina and her little son Indy our protagonist grows closer to Raina and in three days time goes through a roller coaster of emotions From hesitance to doubt intense longing and jealousy built on the knowledge that Raina's previous visit to Prague was with her now estranged husband Jacues and she may be trying to rekindle the lost love by going through same spots she visited last time with himVery aptly Indy describes the feeling “It bothered me” he says “I wanted her to look at everything for the first time But she seemed to be keen about revisiting places she had already seen” And then the simple yet powerful pathos of this line “After knowing some people one can’t help feeling one’s met them a bit too late“It wasn’t age that separated us It was her past completely concealed from my knowledge There are houses that you can’t really enter even through their wide open doors They are alien unpossessable”And this is exactly where I lost myself into Indy's roller coaster of emotions I wasn't able to decide whether I am happy for his content feeling or sad for his one sided love Also if you are expecting that the story would give you a sense of closure it stands true by its title It makes you wait in anticipation that you may get to read about Indy and Raina and there may be a different end to this beautiful storyI absolutely fell in love with everything in this novel From the characters of Indy and Raina to the not so coming of age storyline which is a different genre to read Days of Longing gives one message that it's not necessary that every day will be a good day and every story will be a good story Nirmal Verma has left that to his readers to decide and I really liked his style

  • Paperback
  • 232 pages
  • वे दिन
  • Nirmal Verma
  • English
  • 24 September 2015
  • 9780143419143

About the Author: Nirmal Verma

A well known name in Hindi literature Nirmal Verma is known mainly for his fictional works Born on April 3 1929 he obtained a MA in history from Delhi University He studied Czech at the Oriental Institute in Prague and has been a Fellow with the International Institute for Asian Studies Nirmal Verma is a recipient of India's highest literary award the Jnanpith and his short stories Kavv

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