Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bhatkanti Raigad Jilhyachi


BOOK REVIEW “Bhatkanti Raigad Jilhyachi”

Author: Pra. Ke. Ghanekar

Genre: Travel diary

Language: Marathi

Pages: 368

Cost: 300 /-

Publisher: Snehal Prakashan

First Published in India: 6 April 2007

“Bhatakanti Raigad Jilhyachi” is a book as name suggests is about travel directory of Raigad district in Maharashtra. As a travel junky I found this book very informative. Like all travel directories it has information of important places to visit, where to stay, where to eat, and historical background of a place, geographical importance, culture and daily life of the place. Out of the book I found following places in Raigad district must see places,

1. Fort of Alibag and Beautiful Beach.

2. Kanhoji Aangre Smarak – Chhatribag

3. Fort of Khanderi – where you can find stones who makes sound like metal.

4. Beautiful Beach of KIHIM

5. ‘PANBADEVI’ of Aawas

6. ‘Karmarkar Museum’ in Saswade

7. ‘Kanakeshwar Temple’ – Ashtagar

8. ‘Birla Ganesh Mandir’ – Salaw

9. ‘Shri Siddhivinayak Mandir’ - Nandgaon

10. ‘Shri Ballal Vinayak Mandir’ – Murud

11. Fort of Janjira

12. ‘Shri Datta Mandir’ – Murud

13. “Rupnarayan Temple” – DiveAagar

14. “Suvarnganesh Temple” – Diveaagar

15. ‘Laxminarayan Mandir’ and ‘Shri Jivaneshwar Mandir’ – Shriwardhan

16. Shri Harihareshwar

17. ‘Kashthshilp Sangrahalay’ – Kolad

18. ‘Mahaganapati’ – Uran-Chiraner

19. Karnala Abhayaranya

20. Matheran Hilstation

21. “Shri Varad Vinayak” – Mahad (one of the Ashtavinayak)

22. “Shri Ballaleshwar” – Pali (one of the Ashtavinayak)

23. “Shri Vireshwar” – Mahad

24. Raigad Fort

25. Jijabainche Smarak – Pachad

26. Shivtharghal

I found this book very interesting and informative, if I have to rate it I will give it 7 out of 10.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


BOOK REVIEW “Jugalbandi”

Author: Shankar Patil

Genre: Short Stories, comedy

Language: Marathi

Pages: 112

Cost: 90 Rs.

Publisher: Mehta Publishing House

First Published in India: 5 September 1998

Shankar Patil is famous for his short stories based on rural areas. He writes comical farce on life of rural people. Most of his literary work tells the story of rural Maharashtra and this book is no difference. Although Shankar Patil writing rural stories all his life, he always has new stories to tell in his every book. He deals with very serious issues in rural life like illiteracy, alcoholism, farmers troubled life, lack of medical facilities, even infidelities of people but with comical angle.

The title story ‘Jugalbandi’ is dealt with infidelity of a man and how his wife dealt with it. Anyone who enjoys rural stories like me will also enjoy this book or rather all Shankar Patil’s books like me. As through his books we people living in urban areas can peek into rural lives. If I have to rate this book I will give it 6 out of 10.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Must Read Books ........ Part 4

31. Book Name: “Lavhali”
Language: Marathi
Author: Shri. Na. Pendase
Genre: Fiction, Novel
Pages: 295
Cost: 170 Rs.
Publisher: Majestic Prakashan
First Published: 1966
32. Book Name: “The Alchemist”
Language: English
Author: Paulo Coelho
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 177
Cost: 195 Rs.
Publisher: Harper Collins
First Published: 1988
33. Book Name: “Krounchvadh”
Language: Marathi
Author: Vi. Sa. Khandekar
Genre: Novel, Fiction
Pages: 288
Cost: 25 Rs.
Publisher: Deshmukh and Co.
First Published: 1942

34. Book Name: “Bhainabaichi Gani”
Language: Marathi
Author: Bahinabai Chaudhari
Genre: Poems
Pages: 146
Cost: 6 Rs.
Publisher: Popular Prakashan
First Published: 1952
35. Book Name: “Zenduchi Phule”
Language: Marathi
Author: Pra. K. Atre
Genre: Poems
Pages: 172
Cost: 80 Rs.
Publisher: Parchure Prakashan Mandir
First Published: 1925
36. Book Name: “A Pelican at Blandings”
Language: English
Author: P.G. Woodhouse
Genre: Novel, Comedy
Pages: 215
Publisher: Penguin Books
First Published: 1969
37. Book Name: “Mantravegala”
Language: Marathi
Author: Na. San. Inamdar
Genre: Biographical Novel, History
Pages: 559
Cost: 75 Rs.
Publisher: Continental Prakashan
First Published: 1969

38. Book Name: “Pan Lakshat Kon Gheto”
Language: Marathi
Author: Ha. Na. Aapate
Genre: Novel, Social
Pages: 585
Publisher: Bhagawandas Hirajee

39. Book Name: “Ashrunchi Zali Phule”
Language: Marathi
Author: Vasant Kanetkar
Genre: Playwright
Pages: 109
Publisher:Popular Prakashan
First Published: 1966
40. Book Name: “Malgudi Days”
Language: English
Author: R. K. Narayan
Genre: Short Stories
Pages: 246
Cost: 100 Rs.
Publisher: Indian Thought Publication
First Published: 1982