There are many fireflies in the novel ‘Bisat Par Jugnu’. Everyone has their struggles, everyone has their concerns. And in this sense, if we look at the era of China or India, the texture of the personality of the characters of both the places, its tightness will be seen to be the same. At the very beginning of the novel, I meet Fateh Ali Khan, a cartographer who grew up in Yatimakhana, who has been traveling to China for years with Surya Darbar, the ship of the king of Chandpur. He writes Roznamcha all the time. It is from this journal that his unquestionability shows how concerned he is for his country, his city, his soil and his king.
Of course, this novel runs simultaneously on many levels and leads its readers to a larger pane. The revolution of 1857 is also discussed in this novel. From Veer Kunwar Singh to Bahadur Shah Zafar, there is also mention. Hazrat Mahal is also discussed along with Laxmibai and Savitri Bai Phule. But the rest of the characters of this novel of historical background are a figment of the imagination of the writer. This imagination is so strong and its characters are so strong in their texture that they become part of this historical backdrop. The characters who are facing the pressure of the business policy of the Firangi, whether from China or India – they seem to be struggling with the tragedy of that time. Their concerns for their respective countries are seen.
In this novel, there is a story of the elder king of the princely state of Chandpur and his son Sumer Singh. One point of concern of the big king is associated with the British who have come to do business in India and are grabbing all the princely states. At the other end of his concern is his son Sumer Singh who gets blown into the world of his fantasies. There is no sign of kings in his behavior. Bhole and Masoon Sumer Singh have their own struggle, which they share with their hearts. Similarly, there is a story of Shankar Lal, who is a painter and whose Musavvirkhana is in Patna. They are desperate to take the painting of Patna to the country and the world. If we talk about the female characters of this novel, then the struggle of Li-Na of China will also be seen. Two Chinese sisters will also see conflict. Khudija Begum will also be seen struggling. It is worth remembering the ‘adventurism’ of Khudija Begum in the then Hindustan who is so devoted to her art that she hides her identity in the Musavirkhana and later becomes the identity of the Musavirkhana. In this novel, that fine stream of love will also flow, which shows that the body is not the limit of any love, but its expansion. The manifestation of this love is Samarth Lal, who is the son of Shankar Lal and Khudija Begum. You can also highlight the birth of this able Lal as Khudija Begum’s struggle. In the latter parts, the synergy of Samarth Lal and Li-Na can also be seen by crossing the boundaries of the borders of the two countries. Samarth Lal is also the research director of Patna Aay Li-Na from China.
But the way a Dalit woman’s arrogance has emerged in this novel, it has overshadowed the rest of the characters in this novel. This is the female character of Paragaso. Paragaso accessories. Pargasso, born in a Dalit colony, has been a tradition-mover since childhood. She is a sleepy mother of a mother who has passed untimely. She lives alone in an empty hut. He has no fear of anyone, does not trust any God, he trusts himself.
While reading this novel, you will feel that you are going through an independent forest, where the slavery of slavery is getting dark. Roads are getting erased, neem is being spread silently. But in the midst of such darkness you will be seen flickering many small fireflies. Spread your light and arouse hope in you. It is obvious that in this novel every character has their own aura. But amidst all this there is a comet-like glowing Paragaso. The glow of this pargaso of Dusadh Tola is seen from Garhi to Chandpur. Pargasso rejected God only in his childhood. About which his gardener’s uncle told that your mother is sleeping in the ground of the part of your hut where God lives. One night Pargasso dug the ground of his hut. There he neither found his mother nor found God. But this dig gave Paragaso a land. solid ground. In which he found the strength to bear the truth. He knows that his mother is dead and God does not exist at all.
Pargasso used to go to the forest to pick flowers with his gardener’s uncle. Bhima Dada lived in this forest. He used to teach the children of his colony to hunt. The children of this forest were masters in throwing three-bow and spear. Pargasso also got along with these children. Learned to shoot arrows, also learned to throw a spear. But like these children of the forest, he never hunted animals, he had to hunt enemies. And one day he saw his enemy in his hut. She came in full rain. Pargasso hunted this animal with the blows of Ganthe and then flew towards the forest. This forest welcomed Paragaso by opening his arms.
Dushak’s daughter had become the daughter of the forest. Then he got to go to Garhi here with naive Sumer Singh. It was not a meeting, but an effortless love that weaves life. Sumer Singh started coming out of his world of Meetas and Paragaso started meeting a new world. Firangi enemies existed in this world, there was the struggle of the big king and the whole world depended on Paragaso. Everyone had faith in Paragaso. He was confident that he would find a way to salvation. The elder king continued to trust Pargaso despite all hesitation. The well-wishers of the elder king continued to trust Paragaso and Paragaso continued to trust himself. In this way, the novel ‘Bisat Par Jugnu’ was weaving a world of trust against the Firangi.
In this novel you will also find the fibers of hope and despair, which weave the path of struggle. Pargasso continues to grow on this path. She continued to win all her wars, but ultimately could not win with the naivety of Sumer. Then one night when Sumer went into the world of his mitts with the sound of his self-aggrandized splash, then Paragaso was lost forever in some darkness. Then she could not see anyone in her colony.
But even after the novel is over, if Paragaso continues to show his readers, then there is a big reason for Dalit Paragaso’s ability to break the clutches of his society. To be a traditional expression of it. It is possible that while creating this historical background, the writer’s motive may not have been to create Pargaso in this way, but it must be said that Pargaso, who is in the subconscious of Vandana Rag, created his character for the purpose of the writer, and after Pargaso Even for a long time, it keeps going in the minds of the readers.
The entire language of this novel is very poetic. Whether the time was in the 1840s or 2001, there is a language in the novel everywhere that does not let you get bored. If we look at the name of this novel, it is also highly symbolic and poetic ‘Bisat par jugnu’. Throughout the novel, you will find a lot of small firefighters who are spreading their anonymous lights against slavery. But when you see these firefighters together in this novel, you will feel that their flickering light is suddenly turning into a flood light. It is true that these firefighters sitting on the board are coming out of this novel and showing their respective lights.
Novel: Firefly on the chessboard
Writer: Vandana Raga
Publisher: Rajkamal Publications
Price: Rs 299