Narayan Dharap

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Narayan Dharap (Devanagari: नारायण धारप) (August 27, 1925 – August 18, 2008) was a Marathi writer from Maharashtra, India.

He wrote more than 100 books in Marathi, primarily in the horror genre.[1]

Dharap earned a B.Sc. (Tech) degree from Mumbai University.

The main characters which can be found often in his stories or novels are: Samarth, Appa Joshi, Krishnachandra, Panta. There are assorted stories as well, in which there can be individual heroes/heroines who overcome a situation, sometimes with a little external help, sometimes without it. Most of his stories feature a great battle between good and evil, usually concluding with good triumphant. Some similarities can be found between a few Dharap's stories and Stephen King's. However, Dharap's stories seem to come from Marathi culture and Marathi readers, so the similarity is seen only in a few stories, typically in the area of plot. Horror writing is still not seen with the reverence the way other types of writings are seen in Marathi literature. However Dharap is loved by most of the Marathi readers who have some interest in the horror genre.

The general characteristics of Dharap's books include "a victory of good over evil", "origination of the concepts in the book from Marathi culture", "keeping the story away from any kind of sexual references (which is considered an important factor in any "popular" horror or suspense literature)", "despite the books being of the horror genre, keeping the contents away from any kind of gore or offense against 'good taste'".

Main characters that can be found in Dharap's stories are: Samarth: Samarth is one of the main characters that can be found in many of the Dharap's novels. He is a powerful saint-like person, who helps people out of difficult situations involving bad supernatural powers. He himself is a possessor of great supernatural power, which he has earned with great efforts. He is generally assisted by Appa Joshi, who is a common man with a good heart and highly esteems Samarth. Krishnachandra: Like Samartha, Krishnachandra too is a possessor of great supernatural powers, which he uses to help people in trouble(again with bad supernatural powers/ possessors of those powers/people helping these bad powers). However, unlike Samartha, he enjoys worldly pleasures as well. He is sometimes assisted by a character called Omkar. Pant: Pant is another character that can be found in a couple Dharap stories. However, he doesn't appear in as many books as Samarth and Krishnachandra do. He is a great Tantrik, whose prayer room can appear anywhere he wants. There are some brutal forces hidden behind the statues of various animals in those rooms, which help him to fight against brutal evil in the story.

Samartha - 1968 Kata 1970 Angarika 1976 Chaya 1971 Samarthanchi sahase 1970 Ubhe adave dhage 1969 Krishna 1971 Samarthanchi Shakti 1972 Kajli 1970 Bujagavane 1971 Krishnachandra Samarthachiya Sevaka Chetakeen Dast Samarthancha Prahar Shapath Sathe Fayakas


  1. ^ List of books written by Dharap

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