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Author Spotlight – Balendu Dwivedi – Madaripur Junction

ByThe Rise Insight

Jun 1, 2024
Balendu Dwivedi

Born in the revolutionary surroundings of the historical place of freedom struggle chauri chaura,distt- Gorakhpur Mr. Balendu Dwivedi found solace in the soothing fragrance of the triadic garland of the Ganges the Yamuna and Saraswati ie Prayag where he learned his maiden lectures of philosophy under the lotus feet of renowned teachers and postgraduate from the university of Allahabad.

The revolutionary zeal that he innately carried from his native place, his intrinsic pious sensibility, and the wisdom of philosophy made him a literary personality of eminence.

His first creation emits such a glaze that it simply mesmerizes and captivates to the extent of catharsis. His novel Madaripur junction enjoys itself pinching the backside of the self-appointed religious-caste representatives as it flows boisterously through the by-lanes of rural India. A village in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Madaripur Junction, is the centre of the plot of the novel, which is not only the playground for rogue characters but also where various kinds of the burlesque meet. In this respect Madaripur -Junction is essentially a junction of a variety of social anomalies and bizarreness.

The Rise Insight: Tell me about the book’s Odia, Urdu, and English translations.

Balendu Dwivedi: Hindi novelist Balendu Dwivedi’s first-ever novel, ‘Madaripur Junction,’ published by New Delhi-based Vaani Prakashan, will be translated into Odia, Urdu, and English. ‘Madaripur Junction’ will be translated in Odia,urdu and english too. Impressed with the plot and story, Mr.Shankarlal Purohit, a Retired Hindi professor from Cuttuk University,is translating the book, Dr. aslam murtaza kakorawi has tanslated it into urdu. And the renowned columnist Sanjay Dev translated into english of the novel.

The Rise Insight: What is the book about, and why was it necessary to get an Odia version?

Balendu Dwivedi: The story of the novel Madaripur Junction is totally based on rural politics in North India.It is a satire. This novel enjoys itself pinching the backside of the self-appointed religious-caste representatives as it flows boisterously through the by-lanes of rural India.

A village in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Madaripur Junction, is the center of the novel’s plot. It is the playground for rogue characters and where various kinds of burlesque meet. In this respect, Madaripur Junction is largely a junction of various social anomalies and bizarreness.

Chhedi Babu and Bairagi represent the so-called upper castes in Madaripur, along with many companions who accompany them like shadows. All these characters not only are present in their completeness of naked display of the lowness of their beings but also are found laughing aloud shamelessly at their deception, trickery, deceit, and double-dealings.

On the other hand, those few belonging to the low castes who are slowly becoming aware are trying to stand up for their rights and struggling for their

The response of the Odia people and their interest in good literature was the real inspiration for its Oria version. Odisha has a vibrant heritage and culture, and the novel dwells upon the values of human life. The novel has become so popular that an Odisha-based ‘Mukti’ theatre group is also planning to stage the story shortly,”

The Rise Insight: About his childhood and what inspired him to write?

Balendu Dwivedi: My father was an artist, so art was in my blood. It is another thing that is reflected in another art form. My real inspiration was my father, his life, and my village.

The Rise Insight: What is Your opinion on the young generation of writers and the present scenario of writing in the country?

Balendu Dwivedi: The young generation has a lot of energy for writing, but they need more experience because most of them have never struggled. Experience comes from their struggles in life, so it is necessary for all new writers to get experience through struggle if they want to write realistic literature.

The Rise Insight: How was the interaction with Nasreen, and does she inspire you in any way?

Balendu Dwivedi: Renowned writer Taslims Nasreen inaugurated my book at the Indore Literature Festival. We met at the festival, and I gave him my novel and discussed its content. She was so impressed that she said she would be happy to inaugurate the novel Madaripur Junction. Then she asked for the organizers for it.

That day was a massive incident for me because, from the beginning of my writing, when I was studying at Allahabad University, his novel ‘Lazza’ was published. The plaza was based on actual incidents, and Tasleema Ji’s writing style was simple and attractive.

It inspired me greatly because reality and simplicity were two significant elements of creative writing. I have read her literature and was impressed by her writing skills and temperament.

The Rise Insight: Does his real-life experiences get reflected in his writings?

Balendu Dwivedi: Every writer’s real life is reflected in their writing. If it is missing, the novel’s writing can not be realistic.

The Rise Insight: Your upcoming projects?

Balendu Dwivedi: My upcoming project, ‘Nakkarkhana,’ is also better.

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