Kayakalp by Premchand is his second novel I have read so far. And, I must say that even if Premchand wrote nothing else than Nirmala and Kayakalp, these two novels are more than sufficient to establish him as one of the greatest Indian writers. He has singlehandedly won my praise and appreciation by his versatility and creativity and his ability to transform ordinary situations into extra ordinary circumstances. The present novel can easily be defined as a novel of transformation, a change in lives and nature of characters, wonderfully captured by the master writer.
Simply speaking, Kayakalp is the story of an idealistic man called Chakradhar and his wannabe beloved Manorama. Chakradhar is a man of humble origins, his father Munshi Vajradhar had once been a Tehsildar and is now living the difficult, penny stricken life of a pensioner in the holy city of Kashi. But despite being the branches of same tree, father and son are as different from each other as chalk and cheese. For Vajradhar, money and position are priceless, whereas for Chakradhar, riches are worthless shackles. He is more of a bairagi nature and wishes to spend his life in the service of people.
|Editor||Sri Ramchandra Mohapatra|
|No Of pages||168|