Poetry

Rashmirathi (रश्मिरथी)

  • 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.

Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’

Rashmirathi

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.

If you plan to read only a single book in Hindi in your entire life, it should be this one.

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.

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