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Dhumketu (writer)

BornGaurishankar Govardhanram Joshi ( 1892-12-12 ) 12 December 1892 Virpur , Virpur State , British India
Died11 March 1965 (1965-03-11) (aged 72)
LanguageGujarati
NationalityIndian
Notable awardsRanjitram Suvarna Chandrak (1935; refused), Narmad Suvarna Chandrak (1949)
Notable worksTankha Mandal Part 1, 2, 3, 4 (1926,1928,1932,1935)
Pen nameDhumaketu
SpouseKashiben

There are few in the league of Anton Chekov, Leo Tolstoy, Flannery'o Connor, o'henry, or Rabindranath Tagore who can tell extraordinary stories about ordinary people, in limited words that Short Stories permit. Often deemed as a difficult literary medium, and packed with heightened emotional intensity, Short Stories are also the most entertaining kind of literature. In India, landscape of Short Stories has been shaped by literary giants like Premchand, RK Narayan, and Mulk Raj Anand. However, another lesser-known, yet equally talented short story writer, and famous Gujarati literary figure-Gaurishankar Govardhanram Joshi, who is known by his penname Dhumaketu-has also made a significant contribution to the styles and techniques of modern Indian Short Stories in the 1900s. The recently published collection of Dhumketu's Short Stories, titled Ratno Dholi, translated in English by Jenny Bhatt, gives readers a glimpse into Dhumketu's richly woven tales and depicts how Dhumketu contributed to the modern form of Gujarati Short Stories. At the beginning of the book, Bhatt introduces readers to Dhumketu and calls him 'a pioneer of Gujarati Short story' who has written more than 500 short tales, collect in twenty-four volumes. Apart from that, author has also penned twenty-nine historical novels, seven social novels, numerous plays, travelogues, essays, literary criticism, and memoirs. Dhumketu also translates writers and poets like Kahlil Gibran, Rabindranath Tagore, and others. However, his most well-know and frequently anthologized work of all time is a short story name, Post Office'. An early version of the story was published in 1923 and the story has since then appealed to wide readership in terms of age, geography, and culture because of its simplicity and pathos. Post Office is the story of a lonely old man who waited for years for his daughters letter. Bhatt writes, through this one circumstance drawn on intimate canvas, Dhumketu gives us universal: fathers longing to lose daughters ' love and worlds indifference to, even derision of, such deeply personal need. The short story begins with an old man waiting at the post office, early in the morning, as the staff office sorts out mails. Dhumketu write, hazy dawn sky was glittering with previous nights stars-big and small-like happy memories shimmering in persons life. Wrapping his old, tattered shirt tighter around his body to protect against the blasting wind, old man was making his way through the centre of the city. At this time, unrestrained, rhythmic sounds of mills grinding, along with delicate voices of women, could be heard from many homes. Odd dogs bark, some early risers ' footsteps heard from distance, or some prematurely awakened birds tone-except for these, city was entirely silent. People were snoring in sweet slumber and the night was more dense thanks to the cold of winter. Bearing the pleasing temperament of a man who can kill without uttering a word, cold was spreading its tentacles all over, like a deadly weapon.

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Early life

Dhumketu is more interested in the minutiae of human lives, than grand principles they may espouse. He focuses on inner lives, rather than social context. The The interaction of caste, class, and gender in the lives of his protagonists leads them to think and behave, is a subtle sort of social commentary, much of which is relevant even today. For example, in many stories, characters ask about each other caste, or casually mention it while talking about another person who is not present, and more often than not, people caste do have something to do with how they are treat. He offers no critique of the caste system, but in the way it shows up repeatedly, it become stark reminder of just how important caste is in Indian society.

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Works

Dhumketu is the pseudonym of Gaurishankar Govardhanram Joshi, prominent writer in Gujarati, and one of the pioneers of the short story form. For Jenny Bhatt, translating his work has also been personally meaningful, because Dhumketu was one of her mother's favourite writers. As she write, he describes the short story as, incomparable flower in the garden of literature, as delicate as juhi, as exquisitely beautiful as golden bird, as electrifying as a bolt of lightning. For him, short stories rouse imagination and emotions by saying what they must, through allusions and sparks. No wonder then, that he names his four of his short story collections, tankha, and that his stories are very much like these flashes of light. They illuminate, and then fade out, leaving the reader with an afterimage that lingers.

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Recognition

The English translation of Short Stories by legendary writer Gaurishankar Joshi, popularly known by his pen name, Dhumketu, is finally here. Collection, Ratno Dholi, translated by Jenny Bhatt and published by HarperCollins India. The book will be available for sale online from October 19, and pre-orders have already begin. Ratno Dholi is the first substantial collection of Dhumketus works in the English language. HarperCollins India expects that Collection will appeal to a wider audience, introducing a great man to new readers. The translator said in tweet that Dhumketu was her mom's favorite Gujarati writer. She also said that it took years to complete the project, and it was quite painstaking. Projects like this hold vital importance as they allow young readers, especially from India, to taste suave Indian literature, which often gets lost due to barrier of languages. And India being home to at least 22 languages, we are probably not even scratching the tip of iceberg yet. Bringing icons like Dhumketu to English not appeal to audience within the country, but also opens the door for global recognition of rich Indian literary culture & heritage. Ratno Dholi is up for pre-order, and will be launched on October 19.

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