What one needs to be free and happy? Read Mochan

I was excited to get the much-awaited novel “Mochan” by Dr. Tulasi Acharya. While going through the novel, I was mesmerized by the polished play of words and all figurative elements intertwined with the pangs of Jeevan, the protagonist of the novel. It is generally unexpected to have such a wonderfully powerful control over the use of words that weigh unexpectedly heavier. The novel depicts the conflict of the two characters from different social and economic backgrounds. Although many questions remain as entangled, they are still clear for the readers to judge, analyze, and be aware of.

Sometimes even the fictional world seems and becomes more real than the reality. Jeevan seems and sounds serene and honest beyond what one could imagine. However, at the same time, one might contemplate what Aashma, another important character in the novel, would write if she were in place of Jeevan. The novel has given the readers the opportunity to imagine.

The novel is full of aromatic references of different writers of East and West. The novel’s plot flows spontaneously while pulling the strings of the heart of even a stone hearted reader. The references to the beauty of nature, the solace found by Jeevan in the lap of nature and in the meditation of Tapoban are so fresh and pure that they seem to appear like morning dew drops. The novel reveals the mind of Osho, the greatest mystic of the century at times. While reading the novel, any reader, consciously or unconsciously, might be impressed and influenced once more by Parijat’s ” Sirish ko Phool,” meaning blue mimosa, Parijat’s magnum opus.

The novel ends with some questions like: I) What one needs to be free, happy, and live a full life? II) How can one smile even with a heavy heart, pangs, and awe inside? But don’t fret. The novel indirectly answers the questions. Thus, I strongly recommend you this novel to go through once. I bet you will go through it twice.

Similarly, the way of addressing readers as “Priya Pathak ” (Dear readers ) time and again gives a different and unique sensation of attachment of the readers to the story and characters of the novel. Such technique reminded me as that of Humbert Humbert in the novel ” Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov.

Despite the strengths of this novel, there are a few minor glaring erros, I would say typos that need to be fixed in the next edition. For example: I) On page 101 last 4th line is missing a word after “Aashma…” II) On page 102, second last paragraph, 3rd line contains a word ” Sustarima” where “ma” is unnecessary. III) On page 125, 7th line that says something like ” Yahi America ta mero ” that seems to have missed something and becomes incomplete. IV) On page 126, 3rd last line ” Ma aklai ‘ Aayechu…” should be “Aauchu.” V) On page 131, 4th para 2nd line’s word “Kalaj “( college) should be read as “Kalej” (college).

Overall, this is a great novel in terms of its story line, research, and the technique the author has used, such as flashback and nostalgia. A beautiful description and the characterization have made this novel an interesting read.

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