An example of magical prose is Geet Chaturvedi’s ‘God of Unfinished Things’

(Ashutosh Kumar Thakur) Gyan Ranjan, the distinguished story writer of Hindi, while introducing the song Chaturvedi in his magazine ‘Pahal’, wrote, ‘The fragrance of poetry in prose along with the fine etching of words in his narration, has been the specialty of the writing of the song.’ While reading Geet Chaturvedi’s latest book ‘The God of Unfinished Things’, this seems to be 100% correct. Discussing the deep questions of philosophy in such a delicate language as poetry and not allowing it to become burdensome, makes the prose of the song very special. The song ‘Unfinished Things Ka Devta’ published by Rukh Publications is the latest example of Chaturvedi’s magical prose. His readers are well aware that the scope of his studies is very wide. Its glimpse is also found in this book. It contains memoirs written by Geet, essays, diary excerpts and poetic prose. The variety of subjects, the fervor of language and the insights flowing like an undercurrent give this book of songs a unique color. Take a look at the topics on which this book contains essays – World Literature, World Cinema, Art, Music, Hindi Poetry, Sanskrit Poetry, Meghdoot of the great poet Kalidasa, Naishadha Granth of Mahakavi Sriharsha, Flowers of Karavi, Overcoat of Praust, Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Greek Mythology, Hebrew Bible, Upanishads and sayings of Buddha etc. In fact, reading Geet Chaturvedi is like taking a delightful long journey to a lush green literary encyclopedia. He is counted among the top poets of India, but what impresses him the most while being acquainted with his prose form is that the songs are read very beautiful books, contemplating them deeply, and that read is equally beautiful. Let’s discuss in your handwriting with. This is a rare skill. Geet Chaturvedi
Probably for this reason, India’s famous poet-critic Ashok Bajpai has said about the composition of Geet Chaturvedi, ‘The prose of Geet Chaturvedi, which is believed to give the power to live literature, incorporates many genres. In it, a kind of intellectual splendor and sensory elegance are manifested very densely while considering literature, music, poetry, story etc. In them it is easy to read, think, listen, sing etc., but the configuration is also very complicated. As a writer, the range of interest and taste of the song is wide, but there is an equal effort not to dissipate this diversity. He has the skill to restrain her and still keep her natural energy alive. The book begins with a memoir titled ‘Cats’. In this, Geet Chaturvedi has drawn a picture of his childhood days. How his favorite cat, Nooru, used to woo everyone’s heart by doing mischief and how his death had left many people in mourning, it is at the center of this memoir. Along with this, Geet Chaturvedi’s one-liners on the relation of life and animals add a different color to it. It is a memoir written by being immersed in as much intimacy and love as the sketches of Mahadevi Varma. In this memoir, Geet says at one place, ‘If the cat will love you, then it will scratch in the gift. His complaint is unwarranted. This is a book of tales. Some fantasy, some tragedy, some tales, some rhetoric. What is called in English- ‘Narrative Prose’. A prose with emphasis on description, fiction full of details. There is nothing here outside the realm of story and narrative. This is a book of ‘Happy Content’. Curiosity is its content. Like a book of anecdotes, it can be read by opening it from any page. The famous tribal poet of Marathi, Bhujang Meshram was a friend of Geet’s adolescent. Bhujang Meshram has a major contribution in the development and texture of the literary-cultural understanding of the song. The memoirs written on him testify to this fact. Geet perfectly manages to paint an emotional, lively picture of Bhujang in this memoir. The essay ‘Karvi Ke Phool’ compiled in this book makes Geet Chaturvedi in the tradition of Acharya Hazariprasad Dwivedi due to its subject-sensation, study and elegance-sense. This is a modern fine essay, which narrates the presence of flowers in our lives under the pretext of ‘Karvi’, a lesser-known flower growing on the mountains from the coastal regions near Mumbai to the Konkan belt. The song written by Chaturvedi is timeless, a deep hold of emotion and a lot is said through metaphors. A flower is not only tender, but it can also be a symbol of strength and struggle. At the end of this fine essay, Geet Chaturvedi says, ‘Even after all the history of being trampled, a flower standing with its head raised is the inspiration of strength. Worship the deity or not, but the flower lying at his feet must be worshipped. A section of this book is composed of excerpts from Geet’s diary. His diaries have always been a special attraction among the readers. In it, Geet Chaturvedi writes poetic notes other than poetry. Many of these lines have become very viral on social media even before the book was published. Look at some examples- ‘Even in whose absence you are bound to fall in love with the person with whom you communicate mentally.’ ‘Some people stop crying, stop unaccountably, not because they are strong, but because they have a caravan of weak shoulders around them.’ ‘Letting go is also love. To include the returned is also love.’ The song which was sung only for you, don’t judge it on the basis of sura, raga, taal. Love will be somewhere in that song. The rest is art, which is a lot in the world. This book of ‘God of Unfinished Things’ Narrative Prose contains within itself an ocean in which many pearls are scattered. Threading these pearls of life events into one thread, this beautiful garland is a book to be cherished, which the reader would like to keep with him always. Geet Chaturvedi Born on November 27, 1977 in Mumbai, Geet Chaturvedi is considered one of the most widely read contemporary Hindi writers. Geet live in Bhopal these days. He has ten books published, including two collections of short stories (‘Sawant Aunty Ki Girls’ and ‘Pink Slip Daddy’, both 2010) and two collections of poems (‘Alap Mein Girah’, 2010 and ‘Numnum Main’, 2017). Huh. His collection of essays written on literature, cinema and music came in ‘Table Lamp’ 2018. Geet has received Bharat Bhushan Agarwal Award for Poetry and Krishna Pratap Katha Award for Fiction, Shailesh Matiani Katha Award and Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship. Many publishing houses including ‘Indian Express’ have named him among the best writers of Indian languages. The compositions of Geet Chaturvedi have been translated into 19 languages ​​of the country and the world. A collection of English translations of his poems ‘The Memory of Now’ was published from the US in 2019. The English translation of his novel ‘Simsim’ (Translator-Anita Gopalan) has been awarded the internationally prestigious ‘Pen-Ham Translation Grant’ by ‘Pen America’. Beautiful writing, interesting episodes and sometimes making an ordinary episode unforgettable with the magic of beautiful narration, this is the specialty of this book and the author. Geet Chaturvedi is one such writer who is presented with a new meaning every time it is read. In this lies the secret of the creative hypnosis of the song. Book: God of Unfinished Things Writer: Geet Chaturvedi Publisher: Rukh Publications, New Delhi Price: Rs 199 (The reviewer, Ashutosh Kumar Thakur, is a management consultant by profession and consultant to the Kalinga Literary Festival.)

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