This is my new post which will tell you something about the book=”PATHER PANJALI”.Dont stare at this is bangali.The book is the masterpiece of bangali writer”Bibhoothibhooshan Bandhopadhyaya”.when i was doing my +2 in kadambur govt school my ever favourite teacher Ramesh sir(sanskrit dept) gave me this book and told-“read it”.i did.within 2 days i did it.

Before getting this book i already had heard about the film “PATHER PANJALI” which gave us the famous director ‘Satyajeet Ray’. The book played a major role in my life,just like how my favourites do.The book was about childhood,environment,family,relationships and
many.But those are all enfolded by a silent envelope-‘Poverty’.Soon i realised that the book is the life,the life of ordinary people.Apu,Durga,indira grandma and many other charactershaunted me.I ever had’t read any book with such an innocence and which belongs environment too as a strong the story Durga died of ill,due to abscence of good treatement.The death was mine too.That cause me to think up.

Now come back to me,i already told you that i got the book from Ramesh sir.The book belongs to school library.But,i got so fascinated by that book,i wont like to buy a new one.instead i liked to own the one which came through my life..but i was not able to tell this to Ramesh sir.Because i know what i am doing is not right.But i did it,i made the returning of book as late as i can.That much i loved that book.Now too the book will be there in my old school library,awaiting for me.Perchance if Ramesh sir reads this post, i hope he will understood why i took much time to return it..


Set in rural Bengal of the 1920s, Pather Panchali focuses on the lives of Apu (Subir Banerjee), the young protagonist of the film, and his family members. Apu’s impoverished family lives in the dilapidated ancestral home in the village Nischindipur. Apu’s father Harihar Ray (Kanu Banerjee) earns a meager living as a priest, and dreams of a better career as an author of scholarly plays and poems. He is easily exploited in his work — he cannot even muster the courage to ask his employer for overdue wages, although his family is in dire need of money. Harihar’s wife, Sarbajaya (Karuna Banerjee) takes care of their two children, Durga (Uma Dasgupta) and Apu, and her elderly aunt-in-law, Indir Thakrun (Chunibala Devi). With limited resources, Sarbajaya resents having to share her home with Indir. Indir is very old, toothless, and a hunchback cripple. Occasionally, she takes refuge in the home of another relative when Sarbajaya either forces her out or becomes overly offensive. Durga often steals fruit from a neighbour’s orchard and shares it with Aunt Indir, with whom she feels some filial affinity. Once, the wealthy neighbour blamed Durga for stealing a bead necklace. Sarbajaya bears the neighbour’s innuendos blaming her for Durga’s propensity to steal.

Durga, as the elder sister, cares for her brother Apu with motherly affection, although she does not spare any opportunity to tease him. They share the simple joys of life, such as sitting quietly under a tree, running after the candy man who passes through the village, viewing pictures in a bioscope shown by a traveling vendor, and watching a jatra by a troupe of actors. In the evening, they can hear the whistle of trains far away. One day they run away from home to catch a glimpse of the train. The scene depicting Apu and Durga running through Kaash fields to see the train is one of the memorable sequences in the film.While returning from seeing the train, they discover their Aunt Indir lying dead there.

Harihar, unable to make a good earning in the village, decides to travel to nearby cities to search for a better job. He promises Sarbajaya that he will return with money to repair their derelict house. During his absence, the family sinks even deeper into poverty. Sarbajaya grows increasingly lonely and embittered. The monsoon approaches and storm clouds gather. One day, Durga dances playfully in the downpour for a long time. Soon she catches cold, and develops a fever. With scarce medical care available, her fever continues and eventually on a night of incessant rain and gusty winds, she dies. Harihar returns home and starts to show Sarbajaya the merchandise he has brought from the city. Sarbajaya, who remains silent, breaks down at the feet of her husband, and Harihar screams as he discovers that he has lost his daughter. The family decides to leave the village and their ancestral home. As they start packing, Apu finds the necklace that Durga had earlier denied having stolen; he throws it into a pond. The film ends with Apu and his parents riding a slow ox-cart to their new destination. Almost immediately upon their departure, a snake crawls into the house.

Now read the last lines from PATHER PANJALI in malayalam

കുതിരാലയത്തിന്റെ മുകളില്‍ക്കൂടെ പരന്നുകിടക്കുന്ന ആകാശത്തിന്റെ താഴെ കിഴക്കുവശത്തായാണു അവന്റെ നിശ്ചിന്ദിപുരം.
നിശ്ചിന്ദിപുരം കണ്ടിട്ടു നാളെത്രെയായി!! 3 കൊല്ലം.തന്നെ നിശ്ചിന്ദിപുരം രാപ്പകല്‍ വിളിക്കുകയാണെന്നു അവനറിയാം,ശങ്കാരിച്ചിറ അവനെ വിളിക്കുന്നു,മുളങ്കാടുകള്‍ വിളിക്കുന്നു,സോനാഡാംഗ മൈതാനവും അവനെ വിളിക്കുന്നു.കമ്പച്ചൊട്ടിലെ സാഹബ്ഘട്ടം വിളിക്കുന്നു.വിശാലാക്ഷിദേവിയും അവനെ വിളിച്ചുകൊണ്ടിരിക്കുകയാണു.
പൊരിയുന്ന പൂഴിയില്‍ നില്‍ക്കുന്ന ചെറുനാരകത്തിന്റെ പൂക്കളില്‍ നിന്നും ഉയരുന്ന പരിമളത്തില്‍,മുരിങ്ങച്ചോട്ടിലൂടെ എന്നാണു നടക്കാന്‍ തരമാകുക?എന്നാണു തന്റെ ഭവനത്തിനു ചുറ്റും നില്‍ക്കുന്ന കടമ്പുകളുടെയും ഏഴിലം-പാലകളുടെയും കാടുകളില്‍ നിന്നും പറവകളുടെ കൊഞ്ചല്‍ കേള്‍ക്കുക? ഇക്കാലത്താണു അവന്റെ പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട ഇഛാമതിയില്‍ വെള്ളം പെരുകുന്നത്‌.കിണറ്റിന്‍-കരയിലേക്കുള്ള വഴിയിലെ ചൂളമരച്ചോട്ടില്‍ വെള്ളം കെട്ടിനില്‍ക്കുന്നുണ്ടാകും.കുറ്റിക്കാടുകളില്‍ മുള്‍ച്ചെടികളും കാട്ടുതുളസികളും പൊടിച്ചു വന്നുകാണും.നീലനിറത്തിലുള്ള അപരാജിതപ്പൂക്കളെക്കൊണ്ട്‌ കാടിന്റെ മുകള്‍ഭാഗത്തിനു മോടി കൂടിക്കാണും.രാവും പകലും കടന്ന്,ജനനമരണങ്ങളെയും പിന്നിട്ട്‌,മാസങ്ങളെയും വര്‍ഷങ്ങളെയും പിന്നീട്‌ മഹാപ്രളയങ്ങളെയും അതിജീവിച്ച്‌ ആ വഴി മുന്നോട്ട്‌ തന്നെ പോകുകയാണു.നിന്റെ മനോഹരമായ ജീവിതസ്വപ്നങ്ങളിലെല്ലാം ഇത്തിക്കണ്ണികളോ പായലുകളോ കയറിയാലും ആ വഴി അവസാനിക്കാന്‍ പോകുന്നില്ല.അതു മുന്നോട്ടു തന്നെ നീണ്ടൂപൊയ്ക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കും.അതിന്റെ പൊട്ടാത്ത വീണക്കമ്പികളില്‍ നിന്നുയരുന്ന സംഗീതം കേള്‍ക്കുന്നത്‌ അനംതമായ കാലവും അപാരമായ ആകാശവും മാത്രം………………………….

The film is just a summary,if you need to feel like i felt,i suggest you to collect the book.  






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Jithin Rajan

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