Book Review and Summary

Exploring “Nirmala”: A Poignant Novel by Munshi Premchand Ji – Review and Summary

Last Updated: November 27, 2023

Welcome to a captivating exploration of Nirmala by Premchand. In this post, we delve into the profound review and summary of this poignant novel by Premchand Ji. Unfolding the narrative of Nirmala, a 16-year-old girl, the story takes us on a magnificent journey. Are you curious to explore? Let’s dive into the world of “Nirmala.

Nirmala by Premchand Ji: The Summary Unveiled

Being the eldest among her four siblings, Nirmala’s father, Udayabhanulal, fixes her marriage. Udayabhanulal is a lawyer and is against dowry practice. The bridegroom’s family didn’t ask for a dowry because they hope to get it without asking. The wedding is one month away, and Udaybhanulal is killed. After the death of Nirmala’s father, her in-laws break up the relationship, as they feel that they will not get the dowry. 

Now, Nirmala is married to a 40-year-old widower named Totaram. In this way, her family saved themselves from the dowry. Nirmala pursues her duty, but she does not want intimacy with Totaram. She sees her father in Totaram. On the other hand, Totaram uses various tricks to increase his closeness to Nirmala. He has three sons from his first wife. The eldest son Mansaram is one year older than Nirmala.

Each morning, Totaram goes to the office, and Nirmala studies with Mansaram after finishing household chores. When Totaram comes to know about this, he started thinking that perhaps both of them are having an affair. Due to this doubt, he sent Mansaram to a hostel. It was a heartbroken incident for Mansaram. He leaves food in the hostel. Due to this, he suffers from the disease and dies in a short period. Totaram considers himself guilty of the death of Mansaram. Now, neither does he focus on work nor dare to talk to Nirmala about Mansaram.

Meanwhile, Nirmala gives birth to a baby girl. Totaram’s second son steals Nirmala’s jewelry, and Totaram registers a police complaint. His second son commits suicide due to fear of smeared and the police. A fake saint becomes successful in influencing Totaram’s third son to leave home. Totaram also leaves the house in the search of his son. After several days, when Totaram returns home with an empty hand, he found Nirmala’s dead body.

Nirmala by Premchand Ji: In-Depth Review and Insights

To join this poignant novel by heart, you should read this fabulous creation once in your life. Premchand Ji has highlighted the dreadful consequences of child marriage in this novel. Due to child marriages, girls have to go through the inconvenience and worst results. Along with child marriage, the dowry system is also depicted in this novel. Girls are becoming victims of society for centuries due to dowry practice. Even today, due to dowry, many girls are losing their lives.

Surprisingly, even in today’s modern era, social evils such as dowry practice and child marriage persist in our society.

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