Chandrakant Bakshi

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Chandrakant Bakshi
Born (1932-08-20)20 August 1932
Palanpur, Gujarat
Died 25 March 2006(2006-03-25) (aged 73)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Occupation Author
Language Gujarati
Nationality Indian
Spouse Bakula Bakshi
Children Reeva

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Chandrakant Keshavlal Bakshi (Gujarati: ચંદ્રકાંત કેશવલાલ બક્ષી) was a Gujarati author. He is also addressed as Bakshi or Bakshibabu. Born in Palanpur, he completed higher education and had business in Calcutta. He started writing there and later moved to Mumbai for teaching career. He wrote 178 books. He wrote extensively in newspaper columns.

Life[edit]

Birthplace of Chandrakant Bakshi in Palanpur

He was one of the three children of Keshavlal and Chanchalben, a Gujarati Jain family. He was born on 20 August 1932 in Palanpur, Banaskantha and completed his primary education there. He completed Bachelor of Arts from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, followed by MA in History and Bachelor of Laws. He was in textile business for 12 years and had garment shop. He wrote his first short story Makan Nu Bhut (Ghost of the House) at this garment shop. He published his first book Padgha Doobi Gaya (Sunken Echoes) in 1957. In 1969, he moved to Mumbai and settled there and started teaching history at Raheja College. He joined Mithibai College as professor of history and politics, in 1970 and retired as a principal in 1982. He was a senate member of Bombay University. He was appointed as the Sheriff of Mumbai in the 1999 by Maharashtra government. He died on 25 March 2006 in Ahmedabad due to heart attack.[1][2][3][4]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Jain family who followed strict vegetarianism but Bakshi always mocked vegetarianism. He had married to Bakula who died in 2002.

Writing style[edit]

Bakshi never prepared more than one draft for his writings. His language was mix-up of Gujarati and Urdu words. His novels and stories had impact of existentialism, his characters are suffering and frustrated yet surviving. He wrote historical fictions like Atitvan and Ayanvritta. His short stories have themes like complexities of urban life, emotional outbursts, atmosphere of war etc. He wrote extensively on history and culture. According to Rediff, his writing was 'sharp and brutal' when he criticised people he disliked. His biography Bakshinama was partially published in serialised form in Gujarati daily Samkalin. Some parts were not published due to its violent imaginations like urinating on the dead body of his enemy.[2][4]

Controversies[edit]

His short story Kutti was banned by Government of Gujarat and the arrest warrant was issued against him. He fought court case against government and later government withdrew all the charges against him.[2][3][4]

He criticised Indian politician, Bal Thackeray in his column and was asked to apologise by Thackeray's party members. He refused and never did.[2]

Works[edit]

He authored 178 books, including 17 books on history and culture, 26 novels, 15 collections of short stories, six books on politics, eight travelogues, two plays and 25 books on varied subjects, besides his autobiography Bakshinama.[1][4]

He has also written in extensively in newspapers and 15 of his books have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, English and other languages.[1][2][4]

His works are as follow:[4][5]

Short stories[edit]

Name Year English meaning
Pyar 1958 Love
Ek sanjh ni mulaquat 1961 Meeting at one evening
Mira 1965
Mashal 1968 Lamp
Kramashaha 1971 To be continued
Ketlic American vartao 1972 Some American stories
Bakshini ketlic vartao 1972 Some stories by Bakshi
Pashchim 1976 West
Aajni soviet vartao 1977 Soviet stories of today
Chandrakant bakshi ni shreshth vartao 1977 Greatest stories by Chandrakant Bakshi
139 vartao-1 1987 139 stories-First part
139 vartao-2 1987 139 stories-Second part
Chandrakant bakshi : Sadabahar vartao 2002 Chandrakant Bakshi : Evergreen stories
Bakshi ni vartao(Akademi) has not been published Stories of Bakshi(Academy)
Kutti Bitch (female dog)

Novels[edit]

Name Year English meaning
Padgha dubi gaya 1957 Sunken Echoes
Roma 1959 Roma
Ekaltana kinara 1959 Shores of Solitude
Aakar 1963 Shapes
Ek ane Ek 1965 One and one
Paralysis 1967 Paralysis
Jatakkatha 1969 Jataka Tales
Honeymoon 1971 Honeymoon
Ayanvrutt 1972 The Equator, Transition of events from Prehistoric to Historic era spanning over 10,000 years narrated in fictional style
Atitavan 1973 In the Timberland of Ancient Time, a sequel to Ayanvrutt, yet another novel blending fiction and historical account
Lagnani aagli rate 1973 On the night prior to marriage
Zindani 1974 The prison
Surkhab 1974 Pelican
Aakashe kahyu 1975 Sky told
Reef Marina 1976 Reef Marina
Yatra no ant (translated) 1976 End of the tour
Dishatarang 1979 Wave of the direction
Baki raat 1979 Remaining night
Hatheli par Badbaki 1981 Deduction on palm
Hu, Konarak Shah 1983 I, Konarak Shah
Lili nasoma Pankhar 1984 Translated as "Lost Illusions", literally meaning Autumn in every leaf, translated as पतझड हर पत्ते में in Hindi
Vansh 1986 Descent
Priy Nikki 1987 Dear Nikki
Chorus 1991
Maru naam taru naam 1995 My name Your name
Samkaal 1998 Contemporaneous

Columns[edit]

He wrote weekly columns in several Gujarati newspapers and magazines including Divya Bhaskar, Gujarat Samachar, Sandesh, Mid Day, Chitralekha.

In popular culture[edit]

His autobiography is adapted into play, Hu Chandrakant Bakshi, written by Shishir Ramavat and directed by Manoj Shah. The lead role is played by Pratik Gandhi.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Former Mumbai Sherrif Chandrakant Bakshi dead". One India News. 25 March 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Well-known Gujarati writer Chandrakant Bakshi dead". Rediff News. 26 March 2006. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Ex-sheriff Chandrakant Bakshi no more". Daily News and Analysis. 25 March 2006. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Datta, Amaresh (1987). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: A-Devo. 1. Sahitya Akademi. p. 331. ISBN 9788126018031. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Introduction of Samkal(Novel)
  6. ^ Seta, Keyur (1 October 2013). "Review: Hu Chandrakant Bakshi – Meet the bold and rebellious author". My Theatre Cafe. Retrieved 9 August 2015.