Come, Before Evening Falls

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Come, Before Evening Falls By Manjul Bajaj Come Before Evening Falls Jugni s life changes the year she turns sixteen Her grandmother begins a determined search for a bridegroom for her Her uncle a village elder embarks upon an ambitious plan to open the very first sc

  • Title: Come, Before Evening Falls
  • Author: Manjul Bajaj
  • ISBN: 9781475222821
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • Come, Before Evening Falls By Manjul Bajaj Jugni s life changes the year she turns sixteen Her grandmother begins a determined search for a bridegroom for her Her uncle, a village elder, embarks upon an ambitious plan to open the very first school for their tradition bound Jat community Her cousin, a soldier in the British India army, is charged with sedition In the midst of all this is her growing attraction tJugni s life changes the year she turns sixteen Her grandmother begins a determined search for a bridegroom for her Her uncle, a village elder, embarks upon an ambitious plan to open the very first school for their tradition bound Jat community Her cousin, a soldier in the British India army, is charged with sedition In the midst of all this is her growing attraction to Raakha, the newly arrived schoolmaster, with a deeply troubled past and with radical ideas for social change Set in the year 1909, Come, Before Evening Falls is a powerful tale about the passion and perils of forbidden love, conflicting loyalties and devastating betrayal.
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    1. Subhashree on said:

      This debut work of Manjul Bajaj reaches far into the Haryana Jat culture, tackles the Khap Panchayat, patriarchy and honour killing It hardly reads like a debut novel The prose is poetry in disguise The reader is not at any point taken for granted, the tone is neither condescending nor patronising The story is set in the early 1900s but it is relevant even today It portrays how far and deep caste, politics and identity crises reach into the people s everyday life Though at the outset it looks li [...]

    2. Debaparna on said:

      As a first novel, I d say it s really nice The tone is very different from Manjul Bajaj s later work I m thinking particularly of Another Man s Wife , and the mood seems rather non militant Which might be a result of the female protagonist s nature.I liked the way the characters illumined and took the story forward Tau, a venerable village patriarch and family man, enterprising and reasoning Dadi, the conservative family matriarch, strong and proud in her own way Chaachi, the vulnerable woman ca [...]

    3. Kulpreet Yadav on said:

      I am a 100% Haryanvi I love and belong to the land And that came in the way as I read this book The novel is set in a small, fictitious village near Rohtak, called Kala saand literally, Black Bull.I was hoping to experience the real rural life as not many have written about it But it was not to be The first inaccuracy was in the names Jugni and Raakha These names are non Haryanvi Plain and simple Twisting Jugni to Jugniye as Raakha, the wild and hot tempered teacher at the village used to addres [...]

    4. Shreeja Keyal Kanoria on said:

      I loved Jugni The girl on the cusp of womanhood whose fiery, loves old grandma stories and seems to be someone gifted with wisdom beyond years She understands the meaning of being a girl in her world Still she has the strength and risk appetite to give in to her passions She s the main protagonist around whom the story revolves And Rakha too It s sad though how Rakha who emerges as a strong rebel to the world finally succumbs to his upbringing in the end The story is set in a village in Haryana [...]

    5. Deepa Agarwal on said:

      Indian English fiction usually focuses on urban life in India, leaving the rural for regional authors This is a rare and captivating exploration of life in a Jat village in Haryana a century ago Jugni s love story moves you deeply, when you think not much has changed where the diktat of the khap panchyats is concerned Her lover Raakha s complexities are skilfully etched and the author displays great insight in her depiction of Jugni s dilemma The book is a great read the glimpses of Jat history [...]

    6. Sunita Venkatachalam on said:

      Other reviewers have said that the authenticity of the book isn t quite all there, and that may be true but I enjoyed the setting tremendously This was quite simply a book I found impossible to put down The bad boy Raakha, the rivalry between Daadi and Chachi, the protagonist Jugni s pragmatic passion and intelligence, all lovely characters I loved the bit about the thread and Arya Samaj, the distant rumblings of history in a peaceful village in 1900s

    7. Ritu Lalit on said:

      The way the character of Raakha has been built, with anger, complexities and edginess makes this book a treat to read So does the interplay of politics and of emotions A small rural village in the hinterlands and so much passion and power play I look forward to reading from this author

    8. San on said:

      A Powerful, passionate, emotionally rich and intense love story The story is sort of timeless although set in 1900s, in Punjab Jat community The story telling style and setting is earthy rustic raw passionate and natural and brings out the village close knit community, stays till the end and lingers.The story starts un hurriedly The rhythm sets in and it ended up as an intense racy read Manjul has done great with the mind set of the community, how the open up to various issues, the changes that [...]

    9. Amandeep Sandhu on said:

      With her debut work, Manjul Bajaj has chosen to open a new domain in the Indian writingin English the Haryana Jat culture Though the culture is both loud and silent, at no point inCome, Before Evening Falls do the facts become overwhelming or does the reader feel talkeddown upon.The story is located in the early twentieth century but is as relevant in today s atmospherewith its honour killing and struggle for identities At one level Come, Before Evening Falls isRaakha and Jugni s love story At a [...]

    10. Kimberly on said:

      I enjoyed this book Some of the imagery was foreign to me, as this book takes place in rural India in the early 1900 s, but it was quite a moving story Jugni is a young girl who is confused by her emotions towards Raakha, the new School Master Complications arise due to her heritage and traditions Overall, I thought the book was very good It kept me interested from the first page till the last The characters were engaging and the plot was well written Even though this was written with a lot of I [...]

    11. Payal on said:

      3.5 stars This is a haunting story of forbidden love, set in the Rohtak in British India Though the story takes place in the early 20th century, what is terrifyingly disturbing is that, take the dates away, and it would ring just as true in the present day Full review here.

    12. Mahima Taneja on said:

      Honour, tradition, love and death A story set in a Jat village in British India about travails of forbidden love.

    13. Katrena on said:

      Great read Manjul Bajaj has captured love in it s many forms with the characters in this novel Familial and romantic, this work keeps you turning pages.

    14. Samita Chhibber on said:

      Loved the book.Very well etched characters.You can completely identify with them.

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