Munshi Premchand’s Iconic & Eternal Heroines

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Godaan (The Gift of a Cow), published in 1936, was Munshi Premchand’s very last literary offering. In this intricately woven story, he presents a cross section of our society at a time when the nation was battling subjugation at various levels. Though the story is set in a village and revolves around the life of a poor peasant – Hori, we are also introduced to the rich industrialists, the intelligentsia, professional women, the youth and the urban house wives.
 
This novel, like all of Premchand’s other works, bestows on the reader a wealth of emotional experience that may never be encountered in a cocooned, routine life. After reading and re reading this book, I resurface more empathetic towards my fellow beings who live on the margins, with whom my physical path may never cross but I can feel their compulsions, small aspirations, their delicate joys and the immense importance of their infrequent smile. The situation is tragic with these characters still living in deep pathos even after 80 years of the book been penned. An independent nation continues to persistently and heartlessly pilfer from these people a life of dignity.
 
One among these amazing people was Miss Malati.

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Munshi Premchand’s Iconic & Eternal Heroines

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PRELUDE
Women were perhaps the barometers that Munshi Premchand used to show the sensitivity and humanity index of our society. As it is, hundred years back or in present times, gender based struggles indicate the maturity and tolerance levels of our people.
 
Premchand, in his own life, contended with women that comprised various shades of the rainbow. His young widowed mother, his child bride of a turbulent marriage that ended in separation and his eventual marriage with a child widow with whom he shared deep camaraderie must have afforded him this comprehension of his heroines. His Marxist leanings enthused in him a passion for equality for all and his women protagonists became a medium to showcase the deep bias and dichotomy of thought prevailing in our system.
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Vinit Bhatt Photography

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A desolate beach was the mute and, I’m sure, amused spectator of this shoot; surreal in its beauty and calm in its ambience. The PSD team had spent the night at a resort there in the hope to shoot at the wee hours of the early morning. The team comprised the usual suspects and a few new members who had been supporters in spirit, up until then. The night at the shady, smelly (if Ghatkopar station is missing its public urinal, well, it is at this beach), desolate resort had started testing our endurance. We were convinced that we were on the real life set of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie. The owner of the resort made our blood curdle. Later I got to know that 5 full grown men, including our star photographer Vinit, were so spooked that they had huddled together and slept in one bed! No body used the bathroom as the presence of a dead body there was a real possibility.
After thousand collective prayers were chanted, the first sun rays arrived and we started hair and make up! We realised that for Marriette and Krithika, a parallel profession of an acrobat is a possibility as they managed to balance themselves on rickety chairs while maintaining a zen like steady posture for their makeup. Megha, skilfully and really, miraculously, managed the turban, jewellery, winged eyeliner line and and blusher with the alacrity of a saucer spinner. Continue reading →

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Vinit Bhatt Photography

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“Now then, Pooh,” said Christopher Robin, “where’s your boat?”
“I ought to say,” explained Pooh as they walked down to the shore of the island, “that it isn’t just an ordinary sort of boat. Sometimes it’s a Boat, and sometimes it’s more of an Accident. It all depends.”
“Depends on what?”
“On whether I’m on the top of it or underneath it.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Vinit Bhatt Photography

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We, at pallavistylediaries.com thrive on originality of creative thought and impeccable execution, therefore, when we met genteel Rahul and adorable Shikha, we found our friends. That we were inspired is an understatement. We enjoyed their timeless pieces that had easy wearability with an undercurrent of delightful flair.
 
Apropos, when their label – Vrisa needed a look-book, the team came together to create one for them that was befitting of their amazing work. Here it is, in coming few posts.

Thank you gorgeous Marriette Valsan and charming Krithika Iyer for this fun experience and infusing each frame with your enthusiasm.

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