Paraja has 93 ratings and 4 reviews. Anuradha said: Paraja by Gopinath Mohanty is originally an Oriya novel, translated by Bikram K. Das, based in the tr.. . GOPINATH MOHANTY’S PARAJA: A STUDY IN 4TH WORLD PERSPECTIVE Bikram Keshari Mohanty Department of English Swarnachud College,Mitrapur. PDF | This article suggests that the concept of the moral economy of the peasant, as defined by James C. Scott, in the context of Southeast Asia, provides a.

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Abhishek Anand rated it really liked it Dec 10, Their innocence and their fervent spirit to speak truth absolve them of their crime. The novel follows the slow decline of this tribal family, from the quite prosperity of the subsistence livelihood towards bondage to the local sahukar.

Before any further harm was done, Sukru meanwhile mortgages his pride, his only piece of highly fertile land to the sahukar and frees himself. With not a single penny at home, Sukru has no other option but to submit himself and Tikra to the sahukar as gotis, bonded labor, leaving the household in the hands of Mandia.

Shrabanee Khatai rated it liked it May 22, But they really grow before us in their failures.

It is for his poverty that Mandia loses Kajodi. The helplessness of a poor tribesman and his family, the exploitation at the hands of the sahukar and the ultimate tragedy of murder, are all heart wrenching. Yet, hardly has any outsider penetrated the bamboo curtain to present these people as individuals. This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Manish rated gopintah it was ok May 28, Lists with This Book.


Interesting play of characters, some times you just amazed how different the priorities of a tribal are. I shall make you sweat out your lives as gotis, and I shall rub your nose in the dust. Others again had nothing to pledge but their own bodies.

They are pioneers of a new trend, that of developing or projecting the “individual as protagonist” in Odia fiction. With this sudden turn gopinwth events, Jili and Bili are now left alone to fend for themselves. He endures everything without protest even when he is duped by the court people and loses his favourite land to Bisoi.

Books by Gopinath Mohanty. The money-lender’s clutches are like a spider’s; and tor the victim the web is invisible until too late.

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Durga Das Basu Shiba P. It is through their struggle that they grow and emerge before us as the real victors even in their defeat.

Sreekantan Satya Pal Wahi. There are however, metaphors and passages of prose that have the power of poetry. However, translators have attempted to convey the richness and complexity of the original texts to readers unfamiliar with Odia. But Mohanty’s gripping novel Paraja has succeeded in doing just that: The story follows the trials and tribulations of the family of Sukru Jani, sons Mandia and Tikra and daughters Jili and Bili, of the Paraja tribe.

After due permission from the forest guard, he began to clear out a fertile piece of land from a nearby hill along with Mandia in hopes of cultivating it before he gets married.


This novel is not just a sociological and demographical documentation of a family caught unaware of their fate, but an echo of the tribes and marginalized sections of the world Devastating and entirely plausible, given the history of indigenous communities in South Asia. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Book Review: Gopinath Mohanty’s ‘Paraja’

Vopinath rated it liked it Feb 16, Sachidananda Routray Kusumagraj C. Priyanka Pradahan rated it it was amazing Mar 22, The novelist gives a detail account of how they observe these festivals and enjoy them: The passage to inhuman bondage of Gopinath Mohanty’s tribal protagonists takes just a moment – the quick clink of the moneylender’s coins. His sudden violent action, in fact, proves his the strength in his character. Sukru Jani is sitting in his simple hut, making plans for the bright future of his children, how he must marry off his girls to good paraha and how to find suitable brides for his sons, building them separate huts of their own to start their new life.

The slow decline in the fortunes of this family- from the quiet prosperity of a subsistence livelihood towards bondage to the local moneylender- is both poignantly individualized as well as symbolic of the erosion of a whole way of life within peasant communities.