Gunahon Ka Devta
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|Pages||258 ( without cover page )|
Gunahon Ka Devta by Dharmveer Bharti (Hindi: गुनाहों का देवता, English: The Deity of the sins) is a popular 1949 Hindi novel by Dharamvir Bharati. Over time, it gained historical importance and a cult following of readers, specially among urban Indian males whose first language is Hindi. The story is about a young student (Chander) who falls in love with the daughter (Sudha) of his college professor. It was published by Bhartiya Jnanpith Trust., and its 55th edition was published in 2009.
This is Dharamvir Bharati's most famous work, and it earned him a huge fan-following especially in the contemporary youth, as well as several awards and accolades, thus making him one of the most recognised names in Hindi Literature following Munshi Premchand.
Romance and love which a young heart cherishes are present in this novel with their various shades and colour. It is primarily the story of "non expressive love and romance between two characters (Chandar and Sudha)...", showing various trappings of love in urban middle-class, pre-independence India and mental conflicts of an enthusiastic, ambitious but idealistic youth. The portraying of characters is beautiful, particularly the female protagonist of novel, Sudha touches the heart.
In the novels foreword, the author says, "While writing this novel I experienced the feeling one has during depressing moments when he prays ferevently, with full faith.... It appears as if the very same prayer has been ingrained in my heart and I am still repeating it..."
In this novel Dharamveer Bharati has presented the feeling of Sudha and Chander very brilliantly. Chander loved Sudha very much but his one decision led Sudha to the path of misery. He was "Devta" later he did a "gunah" (crime) so he was called "Gunaho ka devta"
- Peter Gaeffke (1978). A history of Indian literature: Modern Indo-Arayan literatures, part I.. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. p. 62. ISBN 3-447-01614-0.
- Gunahon Ka Devta p. 4.