Book Review: The Greatest Marathi Stories Ever Told by Ashutosh Potdar

Short stories provide a literary dive into the ocean of Marathi fiction.

Book Title: The Greatest Marathi Stories Ever Told
Edited by:
Ashutosh Potdar               
Published By:
Aleph Book Company

Book Review
Short stories significantly influence the literary and cultural environment of the Marathi language and its speakers in Marathi. These short tales give Marathi authors a forum to share their opinions and experiences while giving voice to the many ethnicities and cultures that make up the Marathi-speaking people. Additionally, they are a part of the illustrious literary legacy, frequently examine the complexity of human relationships and emotions, and raise awareness in various ways.

The Greatest Marathi Stories Ever Told by Ashutosh Potdar
The Greatest Marathi Stories Ever Told by Ashutosh Potdar

These can also be used as entertainment, enabling an opportunity to escape from the everyday grind and go to strange and fantastical places. As it tends to contain a compilation of stories written by some well-known Marathi literary personalities, the book’s title effectively sums up its underlying topic and background.

The twenty-eight stories collected in The Greatest Marathi Stories Ever Told book published by Aleph Book Company, are among the best in Marathi short fiction. Ashutosh Potdar, a writer and translator, selected and edited this anthology, which includes known literary giants like Gangadhar Gadgil, G. A. Kulkarni, Baburao Bagul, Kamal Desai, Vilas Sarang, Anna Bhau Sathe, Urmila Pawar, Jayant Narlikar, Hamid Dalwai, and others.

Together, the stories in this book, which range in mood from melancholy to caustic to hilarious to elegant to experimental, demonstrate the breadth and vibrancy of the Marathi short story and the illustrious Marathi literary history.

– Swapna Peri

The book’s chapters are arranged so that one may gain insight into the authors’ ideologies. The book’s central topic explores human vices and an intense need for self-fulfillment at the expense of others, making it both reflective and universal at the same time.

Together, the stories in this book, which range in mood from melancholy to caustic to hilarious to elegant to experimental, demonstrate the breadth and vibrancy of the Marathi short story and the illustrious Marathi literary history.


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