Monday, 17 April 2017

Munshi Premchand's Quotes

The first story that I had read of Munshi Premchand was Idgah. The story was a heartwarming one of a kid who goes to the Eid fairs with some money from his grandmother to spend on himself. However, the boy does not buy anything for himself and gets a pair of tongs for his grandmother to help her in preparing rotis (bread). The simple nature of the story would touch any reader.

Born as Dhanpat Rai Srivastava, Premchand was his pen name. He initially though published most of his works under the name Nawab Rai. Many of his works have been adapted into movies and serials. He wrote novels, short stories and dramas and was often referred to as ‘Upanyas Samrat’ - emperor among novelists. Here, I have listed some of his most beautiful quotes.

“Death won’t come because you called him.”

“The bird hovering over a tiny seed eventually fell upon the seed. How will his life end, whether in a cage or under the butcher’s knife – who knows what will happen?”

"Just as a dry wood would burn instantly, similarly a person mad with hunger would get agitated at the slightest thing."

“What the world calls sorrow is really joy to the poet.”

"Justice and strategy are both toys of Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth). She makes them dance the way she wishes."

"What a soldier feels for his red turban, a beautiful girl for her jewellery and a doctor on seeing the patients in front of him, is the same pride that a farmer feels on seeing his crops."

"Trees bear fruits only to be eaten by others; the fields grow grains, but they are consumed by the world. Cows give milk, but she doesn't drink it herself - that is left to others. Clouds send rain only to quench the parched earth. In such giving, there is little space for selfishness."

"I believe that if man and woman cherish the same ideals and think alike, then the marriage can be complementary to each other's work instead of being a hindrance."

"What people think in their heart gets out, no matter how much they try to hide it."

"Wealth and compassion are opposites."

Munshi Premchand wrote in Hindi and hence most of his quotes were in the same. I have tried my best to provide the closest translation in English. Please let me know if you have read any of Munshi Premchand’s novel's or short stories.

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