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”JEEN GAARIAN DA” (life in Villages)-book review

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DR RASHPAL SINGH

When I thought to bring it in the notice of readers a book having 118 pages being written by an renowned educationist hailing from Village Bari Tehsil Ramnagar District Udhampur, Thakur Dass (Retd) ZEO, it was a pleasant experience to put my point of view about the Dogri Book Jeen Gaarian Da means Life in villages. “Jeen Garien Da” is a significant literary work in Dogri language, penned by Sh Thakur Dass Samthial Rtd. ZEO. The title translates to “The Ways of Life in Villages ” in English, reflecting the central theme of the book, which explores the intricacies and complexities of human existence through the lens of Dogri culture and society.

The narrative of “Jeen Garien Da” revolves around the people dwelling in clean and safe environment. The author skillfully weaves together various narrative threads to depict the rich tapestry of Dogri life, delving into the joys, sorrows, aspirations, and struggles of its characters.
One of the notable aspects of the book is its portrayal of Dogri culture and traditions having loud message for young generation. Through vivid descriptions and authentic dialogue, the author brings life customs, rituals, and folklore that are integral to Dogri identity in the shape of poetry and literature.
Moreover, “Jeen Garien Da” offers insightful commentary on broader social issues, such as social, political, or cultural themes addressed in the book. The author’s keen observations and nuanced exploration of these themes contribute to the book’s relevance and resonance beyond the confines of Dogri literature.
In terms of literary style, comment on the author’s writing style, use of language, and narrative techniques is really appreciable. The prose is lyrical and evocative, transporting the reader to the landscapes and emotions evoked in the book. The author’s command of the Dogri language shines through, lending authenticity and power to the storytelling.
Overall, “Jeen Garien Da” is a remarkable book which is offering a compelling exploration of life, culture, and society. Its rich tapestry of characters, vivid depiction of Dogri life, and insightful on social issues make it a must-read for anyone interested in regional literature and culture.
“Jeen Garien Da” is a deeply nuanced and multi-dimensional book in which author tried to highlight all parameters of interest. The author masterfully portrays their struggles, triumphs, and relationships, drawing the reader into their lives and making them care deeply about their journeys.
The book also explores universal themes of love, loss, identity, and belonging, transcending cultural boundaries to touch the hearts of readers
Moreover, “Jeen Garien Da” offers a panoramic view of Dogri society, capturing its complexities and contradictions with nuance and sensitivity. From the rustic charm of rural villages to the bustling energy of urban centers, the book paints a vivid portrait of life in Dogri-speaking regions, highlighting the challenges and opportunities faced by its inhabitants.
Furthermore, the language used in “Jeen Garien Da” is a testament to the richness and beauty of the Dogri language. The author’s prose is lyrical and poetic, infused with the rhythms and cadences of everyday speech. This linguistic prowess adds depth and texture to the narrative, elevating it beyond mere storytelling to a work of art.
Overall, “Jeen Garien Da” is a tour de force of Dogri literature, showcasing the talent and creativity of its author.
In addition to its exploration of social themes, “Jeen Garien Da” also delves into the spiritual and philosophical dimensions of life. Through the experiences of characters wrestling with questions of faith, destiny, and the meaning of existence.
One of the most striking aspects of the book is its exploration of the intergenerational dynamics within Dogri families and communities. Through the interactions between characters of different ages, the author sheds light on the traditional values.
In addition to its exploration of social themes, “Jeen Garien Da” also delves into the spiritual and philosophical dimensions of life. Through the experiences of characters wrestling with questions of faith, destiny, and the meaning of existence, the book invites readers to contemplate larger existential questions and the search for transcendence amidst the struggles of everyday life. Whether it’s the solace found in religious rituals or the existential angst of confronting mortality, the spiritual undertones of the narrative add depth and resonance to the book.
Furthermore, “Jeen Garien Da” offers a vivid portrayal of the natural landscapes and cultural heritage of Dogri-speaking regions. From the majestic mountains to the fertile plains, the author’s descriptive prose transports readers to the sights, sounds, and smells of the land, immersing them in the beauty and richness of the region. Moreover, the book celebrates the cultural heritage of Dogri-speaking communities, from folk traditions and oral storytelling to culinary delights and festive celebrations, offering a glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of Dogri culture.
In conclusion, “Jeen Garien Da” is a multifaceted masterpiece that resonates on multiple levels. Through its exploration of social, cultural, and existential themes, its richly drawn characters, and its evocative portrayal of the land and its people, the book offers a profound meditation on life, identity, and the human experience. It stands as a testament to the enduring power of literature to illuminate the human condition and inspire reflection, empathy, and understanding. I also suggest to keep the book in libraries for further studies like young students and scholars in Dogri language who can use this book as reference.
(Book reviewer is Sr. lecturer in SED JK UT, Tehsil Ramnagar, District Udhampur)

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