- Author : Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’
- Genre : Poetic tale, Mahabharat
- Language: Hindi
- Published : 1952
- Verdict: [usr 5] (Must Read)
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ is the national poet of India, and it would be a too arrogant on my part even to try reviewing his work. All I can do is to cherish his works. He is definitely the yardstick in the world of Hindi poetry.
I feel previledged that I have spent a great part of my life in Bhagalpur, where he once was the Vice chancellor of the university.
This is one of my most favourite book of all time, I poetic tale spanning approximately 150 pages and 7 chapters. The poetry tells the tale of Karna of ‘Mahabharat’ fame. Once upon a time I had recited the entire poem and still could recall over 70% of it. While I am reviewing it, I am tempted to recite for you to hear the poem. If you plan to read only a single book in Hindi in your entire life, it should be this one. I bet once you have finished it, you will read it again, before setting out on a mission to read other poems of ‘Dinkar’ ji.
The book is title Rashmi (Ray of Sunlight) + Rathi (Chariot). It implies he whose chariot is a ray of sunlight, That is Karna. The poetry apart from telling the story of Karna also encompasses grand philosophy and teachings of life.