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Famous Indian novel Mahanayak is a political and personal drama that records the clash of the titans of India's struggle for independence: Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. Mahanayak is the outcome of the meticulous, assiduous and painstaking research of Sahitya Akademi Winner author Vishwas Patil. It took him across Japan, Myanmar (then Burma) and Famous Indian novel Mahanayak is a political and personal drama that records the clash of the titans of India's struggle for independence: Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. Mahanayak is the outcome of the meticulous, assiduous and painstaking research of Sahitya Akademi Winner author Vishwas Patil. It took him across Japan, Myanmar (then Burma) and the other countries of Southeast Asia trailing the footprints of its hero Subhashchandra Bose. Mahanayak was originally written and published in Marathi in 1998. It has been ruling the imagination of Indian readers for almost twenty years.


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Famous Indian novel Mahanayak is a political and personal drama that records the clash of the titans of India's struggle for independence: Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. Mahanayak is the outcome of the meticulous, assiduous and painstaking research of Sahitya Akademi Winner author Vishwas Patil. It took him across Japan, Myanmar (then Burma) and Famous Indian novel Mahanayak is a political and personal drama that records the clash of the titans of India's struggle for independence: Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. Mahanayak is the outcome of the meticulous, assiduous and painstaking research of Sahitya Akademi Winner author Vishwas Patil. It took him across Japan, Myanmar (then Burma) and the other countries of Southeast Asia trailing the footprints of its hero Subhashchandra Bose. Mahanayak was originally written and published in Marathi in 1998. It has been ruling the imagination of Indian readers for almost twenty years.

30 review for Mahanayak - A fictionalized biography of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

  1. 5 out of 5

    Saul

    Westerners may be more familiar with Gandhi, but it's a shame. Subhas Chandra Bose was as great a man, and more people should learn about him. This is just the book for that. It's is novelization of the man's life, and allows you to imagine yourself living at the time Bose began his quest for Indian independence. Much easier to absorb than a history book, you can learn about Bose's campaign against the British. Had it been successful, Indian independence would have occurred before the end of WWI Westerners may be more familiar with Gandhi, but it's a shame. Subhas Chandra Bose was as great a man, and more people should learn about him. This is just the book for that. It's is novelization of the man's life, and allows you to imagine yourself living at the time Bose began his quest for Indian independence. Much easier to absorb than a history book, you can learn about Bose's campaign against the British. Had it been successful, Indian independence would have occurred before the end of WWII. It's fascinating to realize what he scarified, and what could have been.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madhulika Liddle

    Subhas Chandra Bose, ‘Netaji’, has appeared on several stamps issued by the Indian Postal Department. Kolkata’s international airport is named after him, as is the island formerly known as Ross Island in the Andamans. His defiant slogan—“Give me blood and I will give you freedom!”—has become near-legendary. His life and his death, however, remain shrouded in mystery: who, exactly, was this enigmatic man who dared to cross Mahatma Gandhi himself and resorted to teaming up with Hitler, Mussolini a Subhas Chandra Bose, ‘Netaji’, has appeared on several stamps issued by the Indian Postal Department. Kolkata’s international airport is named after him, as is the island formerly known as Ross Island in the Andamans. His defiant slogan—“Give me blood and I will give you freedom!”—has become near-legendary. His life and his death, however, remain shrouded in mystery: who, exactly, was this enigmatic man who dared to cross Mahatma Gandhi himself and resorted to teaming up with Hitler, Mussolini and Japan in his quest to take down the British? Vishwas Patil’s epic novel based on the life of the remarkable Subhas Chandra Bose begins with the trial, in the winter of 1945, of Shah Nawaz Khan, Prem Sehgal and Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, three officers of the Indian National Army, the INA. From there, Patil takes the story back, rewinding to the early years of the 20th century, to when an impressionable schoolboy in Cuttack, the son of Jankinath Bose, began to show a marked preference for the company of revolutionaries… Mahanayak: Subhas Chandra Bose spans a period of less than fifty years, from Subhas Chandra Bose’s boyhood to his (supposed) death en route to Manchuria in 1945. The cast of characters is huge, ranging from Bose’s family to his associates over the years, fellow politicians and freedom-fighters, soldiers, diplomats, even his enemies. Patil digs deep into research material to build up part-fictional, part-factual dialogues and interactions to show how Bose went from being a young man more or less destined for a distinguished career as a brown sahib in the ICS, to being the British Raj’s most vicious opponent. Bose’s career as a politician, his changing dynamics with people (in particular Gandhi and Nehru), and his career arc—from twice-elected Congress President, to the outcast he eventually became, at odds with Gandhi’s policy of non-violence—forms the first half of this book. The rest of the novel deals with Bose’s life outside India, when India having become unsafe for him and prospects for support against the British seeming brighter with the Axis powers, Bose went to Europe. From here to East Asia, to the jungles of Burma and the palaces of Tokyo, is a long haul, and Patil pulls it off well, creating a stunningly vivid picture of what it must have been like to be one of Netaji’s army, intent on heading to Delhi to hoist the tricolour on the Red Fort. This is not an easy book to read. For one, it has a tendency to be melodramatic. For another, the seemingly unending political machinations that rule the first half of the book begin to drag after a while. Also, there are too many characters who are merely named and play almost no part in the events—or, alternately (like Jyotirmoyee, Shreshti and Ila), briefly figure in a fleeting incident, without any explanation of who they are. At times it appears that Patil’s research was so extensive that he could not decide where to stop. Ultimately, however, it is Patil’s research that makes Mahanayak what it is. The sheer scope and depth of his research shine through in the way he pieces together Bose’s life, tracing not just his path but also delving into the mind and heart of his subject in an attempt to show what made Bose the man he was. The book ends up being not merely an interesting insight into Bose, but also into the Indian freedom movement and the many hurdles it had to face. An admirable book. Keerti Ramachandra’s translation is adequate, though she does have a tendency to literally translate idioms from Marathi into English. Also, a little research would have done no harm: transcribing Repulse as Ripples (for HMS Repulse, the British battlecruiser sunk by the Japanese) or Victor Bulmer-Lytton instead of Victor Bulwer-Lytton is a trifle careless. (From my review for The New Indian Express: http://www.newindianexpress.com/lifes...)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Prabha Gaikwad

    Vishwas Patil We are so lucky to get birth in the same country where Netaji were born and he loved it above and beyond any other citizen, politician, a patriotic can. Thank you so much Vishwas Patil for studying and writing such a great novel. Vishwas Patil We are so lucky to get birth in the same country where Netaji were born and he loved it above and beyond any other citizen, politician, a patriotic can. Thank you so much Vishwas Patil for studying and writing such a great novel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeevan Gaikwad

    Vishwas Patil has taken tremendous efforts to collect the information, meet actual characters, actual site visit to Japan,Germany etc. He has very well written the story.It keeps reader constantly curious. He has very good command on the Marathi language.I really enjoyed the book. Thanks to Vishwas Patil for bringing such wonderful history together and Salute to the great hero Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaustubh Gavhane

    अप्रतिम ... सुभाषचंद्र बोस यांचे चरित्र आणि राष्ट्रीय कॉंग्रेसचे तत्कालिन राजकारण जाणण्याची इच्छा असणार्या प्रत्येकाने वाचावी अशी कादंबरी ...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Prabhat sharma

    Mahanayak - A fictionalized biography of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (Hardcover) by Vishwas Patil This is a well researched Book on the political and personal life of famous Indian patriot Subhas Chandra Bose. The author has traveled to Burma, Thailand, Philippines, Japan and other countries which were visited by Netaji. The Book is about his struggle for making India independent from the British yoke. The author has been given Sahitya Academy award. The Book was written in Marathi and has been tr Mahanayak - A fictionalized biography of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (Hardcover) by Vishwas Patil This is a well researched Book on the political and personal life of famous Indian patriot Subhas Chandra Bose. The author has traveled to Burma, Thailand, Philippines, Japan and other countries which were visited by Netaji. The Book is about his struggle for making India independent from the British yoke. The author has been given Sahitya Academy award. The Book was written in Marathi and has been translated in Hindi. The research has increased the number of participants in various countries- India, England, Fitzwiliam College, and Cambridge University, Europe, Japan, Burma and others during the period of Second World War In India, Cuttack, family of Netaji, Jankinath Bose, Prabhavati, Indian National Congress various meetings- Kolkata, Jabalpur, Lahore, Prominent leaders- Chittranjan Das, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, British Viceroys, Bipin Chandra Pal, Motilal Nehru, Dinshaw Watcha, Pattabhi Sitaramaiyya, Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel, Bhagat Ram Talwar, Bhagat Singh. Europe- Promiment persons- Adlof Hitler, Emily Schenkl, A C N Nambiar, Amiya Bose, Jochaim von Ribbentrop, Adam von Trott, Vitthal Bhai Patel, Japan Prominent persons- Hideki Tojo, Bankok- Fujiwara, Pritam Singh Dhillon, Mohan Singh, Rash Behari Bose, Burma- Azad Hind Fauj- Prominent officers- M Z Kiani, Ehsan Quadir, Col Gulzara Singh, Major Abdul Rashid, Capt Lakshmi Swaminathan, Col Lognathan, John Thivy, Janaki Athinahappan, Gen Bhonsle, Col Shah Nawaz Khan, MajorP K Sehgal, Major Shahnawaz Khan, Majaor Habib ur rehman, A C Chaterjee, Lt Col Gurubaksh Singh Dhillon, Rasammah Bhupalan, Col Shaukat Malik, New Delhi Red Fort Trials, leading advocates- Kailash nath Katju, Bhulabhai Desai, Asaf Ali. The story is well woven and at times goosebumps rise on the body due to intensity of the situation described in the book. It is a must read for all. The Book must be translated in Indian and foreign languages so that International readers are aware of the historical facts.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pankaj Patil

    अत्यंत थोड्याआणि मोजक्याच लेखकांनी हाताळलेले चरित्रनायक म्हणजे नेताजी सुभाषचंद्र बोस. एक असा युवक जो त्याकाळी अत्यंत प्रतिष्ठेची समजली जाणारी सीएस ची परीक्षा पास होऊन सुद्धा सरकारी नोकरी न करता स्वातंत्र्य लढ्यात भाग घेतो,समवयस्क असणाऱ्या जवाहरलाल मोतीलाल नेहरू या युवकाचा अत्यंत जवळचा मित्र होतो,गांधीवादाशी फारशे जुळले नसले तरी गांधी प्रेनित काँग्रेसच्या वार्षिक राष्ट्रीय अधिवेशनाचा २ वेळेस अध्यक्ष राहतो,जवाहरचा आणि आपला रस्ता वेगळा का आणि काँग्रेस हि स्वातंत्र्य का मिळवून देऊ शकत नाही ? या विचार अत्यंत थोड्याआणि मोजक्याच लेखकांनी हाताळलेले चरित्रनायक म्हणजे नेताजी सुभाषचंद्र बोस. एक असा युवक जो त्याकाळी अत्यंत प्रतिष्ठेची समजली जाणारी सीएस ची परीक्षा पास होऊन सुद्धा सरकारी नोकरी न करता स्वातंत्र्य लढ्यात भाग घेतो,समवयस्क असणाऱ्या जवाहरलाल मोतीलाल नेहरू या युवकाचा अत्यंत जवळचा मित्र होतो,गांधीवादाशी फारशे जुळले नसले तरी गांधी प्रेनित काँग्रेसच्या वार्षिक राष्ट्रीय अधिवेशनाचा २ वेळेस अध्यक्ष राहतो,जवाहरचा आणि आपला रस्ता वेगळा का आणि काँग्रेस हि स्वातंत्र्य का मिळवून देऊ शकत नाही ? या विचारांती काँग्रेस चा अहिंसेचा मार्ग का सोडतो . का केल्या जातो स्वतःच्या घरातच नजरबंदी आणि कसे पार पडतो या अटकेतून. देशातून बाहेर पडून कसा मार्गक्रमण करीत पोहचतो आणि २ ऱ्या महायुद्धाच्या प्रसंगी कसा तयार करतो सैन्य ब्रिटिशांशी दोन हात करण्याकरिता . जपान कशी आणि का मदत करतो त्याला,का हिटलर ची भेट घेतो तो.विमानअपघातात कसा हरवितो हा तारा जो आजही नेताजी,सुभाषबाबू,अझादहिन्द म्हणून संबोधल्या जातो. अश्या अनेक प्रश्नांची उत्तरे मिळतील हि कादंबरी वाचून.प्रत्येकाने संग्रही ठेवावी अशी कादंबरी.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Priti Biyani

    1. It was very controversial point in history why Subhashchandra bos met Hitler .. his photos were published for the same. Before reading this book I was aware of only one point and not of other side. By reading this book I came to know many OTHER sides of these types of incident. Thanks to the book and nice description. 2. No doubt, how brave he was and courageous. Ideas he used to run escape many times was described nice.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Akshay Gadikar

    What a book!!!Just finished it. I read it after reading the comments on Goodreads and it surpassed my expectations. What to say about this book. Author depicted a heart touching narration of the lifetime struggle of S.C.Bose for country's independence. A must read for every Indian. Well researched events and narrated beautifully if you are reading it in Marathi(Don't know about translations). And after all it shows the legendary of forgotten underrated hero SS.C. Bose!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deepakuniyal

    It's one of the well researched works on a great leader and a great son of India Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It at least attempts to uncover the "covered-up" facts about him, which Congress tried to hide. The only thing for which I did not give it a 5 star rating is the quality of translation (english edition) was very basic and could have been better.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Naresh Manthapurwar

    देश के लिए इतना बलिदान करने वाला और कोई इतिहास पुरुस दूसरा नहीं हुआ ! इसे दुर्भाग्य ही कहा जाएगा की, इम्फाल मुहीम सफल हो कर भी असफल हो गयी ( सातो और भुरेवाल की वजह से) मुझे गर्व है की मै महान नेताजी के देश में जन्म लिया !

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rohan Kamath

    This is a culmination of a thorough research and a detailed character analysis of netaji but is marred by repitions of praises and accolades which drags the storyline a bit. Overall I would give it 3.5 out of 5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vinayak Deshpande

    Vishwas Patil has nicely written about Subhashchandra Bose. Good to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shubham

    One of the best books I read. The author presents the era and struggle of Netaji in front of our eyes. Author also reveals some inner secrets between Netaji and Gandhji. A must read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nikhil Kawade

    Strength..

  16. 4 out of 5

    Neha Ramdasi

    I would only say, it has inspired me alot

  17. 5 out of 5

    HEMANTKUMAR SUKHDEVE

    Amaing Book.... Impressed of writing...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ajit Kale

    one of the great book which reveals many aspects of Netaji Subhhashchandra's life and Indias freedom movement as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tanmay Randhavane

    Author Vishwas Patil paints a picture of Netaji with different layers of his life as a freedom fighter, leader, and a family man. He writes about the historical events in Netaji's life while trying to be factually correct. He put a lot of research effort, visiting the many places where Netaji's life arc happened. This book shines its light on many events of Netaji's life and Indian politics pre-independence that I did not know before. In that aspect, this book stands its ground. The problem I had Author Vishwas Patil paints a picture of Netaji with different layers of his life as a freedom fighter, leader, and a family man. He writes about the historical events in Netaji's life while trying to be factually correct. He put a lot of research effort, visiting the many places where Netaji's life arc happened. This book shines its light on many events of Netaji's life and Indian politics pre-independence that I did not know before. In that aspect, this book stands its ground. The problem I had was with excessive use of metaphors and similes. The book often becomes poetic instead of being more prosaic and stating things as they are. The book also talks about too many people without giving sufficient background that makes it difficult to follow. These negatives and many positives make it a 3 Star book. I wanted to finish but had a hard time while reading it. ह्या कादंबरीमध्ये लेखक विश्वास पाटील यांनी नेताजींच्या जीवनातील एक क्रांतिकारी, एक नेता आणि एक प्रेमळ कुटुंबकर्ता या नाना रूपांचे चित्र रेखाटले आहे. त्यांनी नेताजींच्या आयुष्यातील ऐतिहासिक घटना लिहिताना त्यांच्या पुराव्यांशी एकरूप राहण्याचा प्रयत्नही केला आहे. अतिशय मेहनतीने, नेताजींच्या कर्मभूमीला भेट देऊन संशोधन करून ही कादंबरी लिहिली आहे. ह्या कादंबरीमुळे मला माहिती नसणाऱ्या नेतांजींच्या आयुष्यातील महत्वाच्या घटना आणि स्वातंत्र्यपूर्व भारतीय राजकारण यांची माहिती मिळाली. ह्यांबाबतीत ही कादंबरी अत्युत्तम आहे. परंतु माझ्या मते लेखकांनी रूपकांचा अतिरेक केला आहे. गद्याऐवजी पद्यरुपी भाषा वापरल्यामुळे काही घटनांची गंभीरता कमी झाल्यासारखे वाटते. आणखी एक गोष्ट जी ह्या कादंबरीला अवघड बनवते ती म्हणजे त्यातील व्यक्तींची संख्या! बऱ्याच व्यक्तींबद्दल पुरेशी माहिती नसल्याने कादंबरीमधील काही घटनांचा संदर्भ लावणे कधी कधी अतिशय अवघड होऊन बसते. ह्या कमतरता आणि बऱ्याच चांगल्या गोष्टींमुळे मी ह्या पुस्तकाला ३ तारका देतो. ही कादंबरी वाचताना कधी पूर्ण वाचेन असे झाले पण वाचणे सोपे नव्हते.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gauri Kulkarni

    Vishwas Patil does a great job of capturing Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's extraordinary life! The language is superb - I read the original Marathi version, not sure how good the English translation is. The only quibble I had is that there are no shades of gray presented in Bose's character. Of course, this shining image is expected from a fictionalized biography, but I feel the book would have been more interesting if a more balanced portrait had been presented!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kamlesh Gandhi

    Moving, engrossing and inspiring Author has done a great job of writing about this courageous son and patriot of India . History neglected him, the author has done justice. The translator too is to be complimented for the fine job Every Indian should read this book

  22. 5 out of 5

    chandra shekar

    Jai Hind A must read book. Mahanayak book illustrates the struggle of Bose to make India free from British Imperialism. Jai hind

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mayur

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good book

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rahul Shelke

    A fictionalized story of one of the amazing personalities in Indian history, based on true facts and evidence. The charismatic hero of the Indian struggle for independence, an unsung hero who has lived a dangerous life during World War 2, whose life after World War 2 is still a mystery. Since the book is published in the '90s the book ends on well-known propaganda rumor of Subhash Chandra's death by the Plane crash, which as of today we know was just a story created by Subhash Chandra Bose himsel A fictionalized story of one of the amazing personalities in Indian history, based on true facts and evidence. The charismatic hero of the Indian struggle for independence, an unsung hero who has lived a dangerous life during World War 2, whose life after World War 2 is still a mystery. Since the book is published in the '90s the book ends on well-known propaganda rumor of Subhash Chandra's death by the Plane crash, which as of today we know was just a story created by Subhash Chandra Bose himself to escape to Soviet after the surrender of Japanese Government in World War 2. I would recommend this book to be on the list of books to read before you die.

  25. 5 out of 5

    b.bhaskar babu

    I have been looking for a good biography to read on netaji for sometime. Heard a bbc clipping of ambedkar in which he says the main reason for britishers leaving india was subhash chandra bose. This book starts with INA trial of the trio shahnawaz prem and gurbaksh and then goes on to un cover the personality of netaji. It gave me goosebumps to know how young women like laksmi swaminathan from illustrious families took arms for our country. Countless men who laid down their lives and yet went un I have been looking for a good biography to read on netaji for sometime. Heard a bbc clipping of ambedkar in which he says the main reason for britishers leaving india was subhash chandra bose. This book starts with INA trial of the trio shahnawaz prem and gurbaksh and then goes on to un cover the personality of netaji. It gave me goosebumps to know how young women like laksmi swaminathan from illustrious families took arms for our country. Countless men who laid down their lives and yet went unsung for this patriot called netaji. His courage to try reason with despotic hitler and cold japanese and shows his imagination and committment to the goal. This is one man who did so much for this country and who took a very difficult path for the country when he could have choosen the cush job of ics in which he stood 4th. Must read

  26. 5 out of 5

    A Man Called Ove

    2.5/5.An old-fashioned biography that heaps excessive praise and emotions; so sometimes got tedious to read. But it was very good in parts, especially the author bringing out Netaji's conflict in ideology and politics with M.K. Gandhi. The author has been mildly satirical and critical in his treatment of Gandhiji as a politician and separating the Mahatma that he was in personal life from the politician. The book is quite long, almost 950 pages and the second half could have been trimmed to make 2.5/5.An old-fashioned biography that heaps excessive praise and emotions; so sometimes got tedious to read. But it was very good in parts, especially the author bringing out Netaji's conflict in ideology and politics with M.K. Gandhi. The author has been mildly satirical and critical in his treatment of Gandhiji as a politician and separating the Mahatma that he was in personal life from the politician. The book is quite long, almost 950 pages and the second half could have been trimmed to make it 700.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Siddharaj

    MUST READ for every Indian Netaji’s untold story. Something which unfortunately the History books did not educate about this Greatest Leader and Patriot of Undivided India. Unfortunate, that the proclaimed leaders of pre-independence Congress and their politics ruined my MAHANAYAK.

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Prashant Deshpande

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Ruta J

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