Six Acres and a Third: The Classic Nineteenth-Century

Six Acres and a Third: The Classic Nineteenth-Century Novel about Colonial India Well written insight into the Indian society under the East Indian Company during the 1820s and 1830s FMS goes into depth about role of religion and caste played in the identity of the people The book display the breadth and depth of knowledge that FMS has on the topic he wants the readers to be made aware I personally really like the the use of sarcasm by the author to describe each phenomenon. Sly yet heartbreakinga gem of a novel. So Fucking Good Fakir Mohan Senapati is to Odia literature what Premchand is to Hindi or Rabindranath Tagore is to Bengali literature He is aptly regarded as father of Odia literature, publishing the first ever Odia short story Chha Mana Atha GunthaSix Acres and a third is his most famous creation and every Odia, remotely knowledgeable about literature, is aware of the tragic tale of the weaver coupleBhagiaandSariaand the evil feudal landlord Ramchandra Mangaraj However, labelingChha Mana Atha G Fakir Mohan Senapati is to Odia literature what Premchand is to Hindi or Rabindranath Tagore is to Bengali literature He is aptly regarded as father of Odia literature, publishing the first ever Odia short story Chha Mana Atha GunthaSix Acres and a third is his most famous creation and every Odia, remotely knowledgeable about literature, is aware of the tragic tale of the weaver coupleBhagiaandSariaand the evil feudal landlord Ramchandra Mangaraj However, labelingChha Mana Atha Gunthaas just a mere tragic tale would be same as callingLife is Beautifula sad movie Of course, there are tragedies, tales of poverty, exploitation, murder, trial, penance and retribution, but Fakir Mohan goes much beyond those clich s, painting vividly the life of then rural Odisha and presents us, the readers, a deeply satirical take on society crippled by inequality, illiteracy, superstition I remember seeing the Odia movie adoption of the book, which limits the story to sad tale of the story of the weaver couple exploited by the evil land grabbing Zamindar But, the book is clearly muchthan that and the story of Bhagia and Saria remains just the backdrop in the larger story that shows mirror to the feudal society of British occupied Odisha The book is little hard to read as the language used is colloquial Odia used 100 years before, however the beautiful narration would many a times make you chuckle while you would be holding back tears It talks about how the shift of power doesn t reign in exploitation by this beautiful lineO horse, what difference does it make to you if you are stolen by a thief You do not get much to eat here you will not get much to eat there No matter who becomes the next master, we will remain his slaves I would consider myself fortunate to read this wonderful book in the original language Set in 1830s rural Orissa, this is an English translation of the Oriya original Senapati tells the story through a narrator not a narrator in the Western tradition, but one borrowed from the historical Indian tradition of a travelling theatrical performer This remote Oriya village from two centuries ago may seem right out of fantasy for non Indians, but it was probably all too real Ignorance, religion, tradition, casteism, corruption, colonialism and fundamental human deceit create a world o Set in 1830s rural Orissa, this is an English translation of the Oriya original Senapati tells the story through a narrator not a narrator in the Western tradition, but one borrowed from the historical Indian tradition of a travelling theatrical performer This remote Oriya village from two centuries ago may seem right out of fantasy for non Indians, but it was probably all too real Ignorance, religion, tradition, casteism, corruption, colonialism and fundamental human deceit create a world of terrible oppression and injustice Senapati s sly narrator is a master of sarcasm and wit, and he has us laughing through this sad tale How I wish I had heard and seen the story from a live actor in front of me I ve always heard my parents mention Fakir Mohan Senapati whenever I asked them about Oriya literature and this is one of the few books I found that was translated.I liked the writing to a degree, although I felt like the satire turned into overkill one time too many It was only when I read the introduction that I found out that the narrator is a character himself, the embodiment of the quintessential Oriya touter Perhaps it all reads much better in the original, but in that case, a book with I ve always heard my parents mention Fakir Mohan Senapati whenever I asked them about Oriya literature and this is one of the few books I found that was translated.I liked the writing to a degree, although I felt like the satire turned into overkill one time too many It was only when I read the introduction that I found out that the narrator is a character himself, the embodiment of the quintessential Oriya touter Perhaps it all reads much better in the original, but in that case, a book with four different translators should certainly have been able to capture the subtleties Not that the author is always subtle himself, sometimes going into rather unpleasant detail The book meanders far too often the first dozen or so chapters areor less sketches and the plot starts abruptly and careens into a conclusion by the end A novel truly ahead of its time Satirical of colonial India rule by the British, of the caste system, the relationship between religion and money, all narration through the narration of the lawyer fool character who reminds me much of Geoffrey Chaucer s narration from The Canterbury Tales that reveals the evils and true essence of karma It isthan what goes around, comes around , it is to perform actions for good reasons and to expect nothing in return, not the use of another as an end A novel truly ahead of its time Satirical of colonial India rule by the British, of the caste system, the relationship between religion and money, all narration through the narration of the lawyer fool character who reminds me much of Geoffrey Chaucer s narration from The Canterbury Tales that reveals the evils and true essence of karma It isthan what goes around, comes around , it is to perform actions for good reasons and to expect nothing in return, not the use of another as an end, like Mangaraj A nineteenth century novel set in colonial India, by the first modern Oriya writer, Fakir Mohan Senapati The translation is clunky in places, but the story and the author s razor sharp wit comes through well An interesting read it reminded me of the contemporaneous novels on similar themes by Bankimchandra Chatterjee, and Premchand and Saratchandra Chattopadhyay if slightly later novels which I read throughout my school life. Fakir Mohan Senapati is widely acclaimed as the father of modern Odia prose Before him, Odia literature was primarily confined to poems, verses few occasional essays Senapati s Rebati is the first published short story in the history of Odia prose.Six Acres A Third Chha Mana Aatha Guntha in Odia tells the story of a couple in some remote village in Odisha, against the backdrop of poverty, rural traditions the greed of a zamindar land lord out to swindle this couple of their most priz Fakir Mohan Senapati is widely acclaimed as the father of modern Odia prose Before him, Odia literature was primarily confined to poems, verses few occasional essays Senapati s Rebati is the first published short story in the history of Odia prose.Six Acres A Third Chha Mana Aatha Guntha in Odia tells the story of a couple in some remote village in Odisha, against the backdrop of poverty, rural traditions the greed of a zamindar land lord out to swindle this couple of their most prized possessions The possession in this case refers to the couple s extremely fertile farm land measuring Chha Mana Aatha Guntha or Six Acres a Third , which were eyed by the landlord The storyline it s main protagonists the farmer couple Bhagia Saria and the landlord Ram Chandra Mangaraj are reflections of the contemporary Odia society In a different era 19th century to beprecise , when the administration was yet to reach remote rural areas, people s lives were guided by the prevailing beliefs governed by the whims of local landlords Rural Odisha, alternately ravaged by floods famines, also suffered due to greed of local zamindars whose only aim was to exploit the local farmers Added to this background, Senapati s colloquial style of writing subtle character sketching is what makes it a very interesting read Then there is Senapati s satirical take of various traditions beliefs that were prevalent in villages a century ago and how they affected human lives living conditions This book is one among the four novels penned by Fakir Mohan Senapati, the others being Lachama a name , Mamu meaning Maternal Uncle Prayaschita meaning Penance and is probably the single most acclaimed among his works Apart from this Fakir Mohan has written about twenty short stories published in two parts with the title Galpa Swalpa which are again considered landmarks in modern Odia literature I read this book for the first time when I was in school have lost count of the number of times I ve read it since This is a book that truly is a timeless creation I recommend reading this book in its original form i.e the original version in Odia , if you can That would ensure the original charm is retained and nothing gets lost in translation.Fakir Mohan Senapati lived in a different era 1843 1912 , but his literary skills are unmatched even after a century of his death I ve a feeling that if he were born in a different society, he would probably have got the acclaim at par with Oscar Wilde or O Henry Such were Fakir Mohan s wizardry with words, emotions events No wonder he is to Odia literature what Maharshi Veda Vyasa was to Sanskrit This sly and humorous novel by Fakir Mohan Senapati one of the pioneering spirits of modern Indian literature and an early activist in the fight against the destruction of native Indian languages is both a literary work and a historical document A text that makes use and deliberate misuse of both British and Indian literary conventions, Six Acres and a Third provides a unique view from below of Indian village life under colonial rule Set in Orissa in the s, the novel focuses on a small plot of land, tracing the lives and fortunes of people who are affected by the way this property is sold and resold, as new legal arrangements emerge and new types of people come to populate and transform the social landscape This graceful translation faithfully conveys the rare and compelling account of how the unsavory aspects of colonialism affected life in rural India [Reading] ➺ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, By Craig Russell – Kleankitchen.co.uk Six Acres and a Third provides a unique view from below of Indian village life under colonial rule Set in Orissa in the s [Read] ➹ Jazz Age Stories ➵ F. 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