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Govardhan's Travels

by Anand
Edition statement:1st ed. Published by : Penguin Books Physical details: 438 ISBN: 9780143101338 paperback. Subject(s): Indian Writing in English Year: 2006
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Halfway through his famous play on injustice, Andher Nagari Choupat Raja, Bharatendu Harishchandra stops What is the duty of a writer to depict reality as it exists or to project what it should actually be Unable to decide,
Bharatendu abandons the play and releases Govardhan, the main character who is unjustly condemned to death, from drama to real life the noose still hangs over Govardhan’s head as he walks out of prison as a representative of all those who are victims of the ruthlessness and absurdity of justice. he questions everyone he encounters and raises a storm, which gains momentum as he journeys through space and time. The lines between fact and fiction bluer as a host of people from mythology, history and literature join him, some asking questions, like him, and others opposing them. As we follow Govardhan’s meanderings, we realize that his journey will never end, for with the passage of time he will find more places to visit and more people to meet, even as the ever present noose tightens around his neck. Ultimately, there can be no escape for the Govardhans of this world, Anand’s imaginative recreation of Govardhan’s life after his release from prison maintains the farcical nature of Andher nagri Choupat Raja, although it moves away from the comfortable ending of Bharatendu’s work.

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