Milind bokil is a Marathi writer and sociologist. He was part of the Sampoorna Kranti movement led by Jayaprakash Narayan in the s, and since then has been associated with various civil society organizations. He writes both fiction and non-fiction and has more than a dozen books short stories, novels, travelogues and sociological studies to his credit, some of which are Zen Garden, Ekam, Ran Durga and Samudra, Samudraparche Samaj. He has since translated N. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Vikrant worked in the corporate sector for twenty-five years before shifting to the field of education.
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Milind Bokil. Mukund Joshi is fourteen and newly in love. He attends the same private tuitions as his classmate, Shirodkar, just for a glimpse of her, and follows her back home every day. Sadly, she has not a clue that he is pining away for her, because in their society, boys and girls don't interact freely, much less talk about love. When he's not negotiating the tricky alleys of love, Mukund sits around the school field or loafs about town with his close friends, Surya, Chitre and Phawdya, railing against the education system, and debating ideas such as discipline and Bohemianism.
Set in a small Maharashtrian town during the Emergency of , Shala is a heartwarming, nuanced novel about the adolescent struggles that are as tortuous in real time as they are amusing in retrospect. He was part of the Sampoorna Kranti movement led by Jayprakash Narayan in the s and since then has been associated with various civil society organizations. A quest for meaning and direction in life is a consistent underlying theme in his writing. He explores the nuances of social relationships and human emotions with a natural flair in his books.
He writes both fiction and non-fiction and has more than a dozen books short stories, novels, travelogues and sociological studies to his credit, some of which are Zen Garden, Ekam, Ran Durga and Samudra, Samudraparche Samaj. A Marathi movie based on his novel Shala bagged the National Award in apart from 40 other national and international prizes.
Book review of Shala: A 14-year-old-boy's first pangs of love
By Milind Bokil and Vikrant Pande. The main road leads to my school, but I prefer the winding path through the fields. There is a long stretch of grassland behind our house, beyond the Mhatre chawl lines, barren except for a few date palms and tufts of grass growing between the rocks. The village of Kanhe begins where the grassland ends. The road to school begins beyond the rocks. I never had to come this way earlier. Till eighth standard, that is.
Milind Bokil's Shala, translated by Vikrant Pandit, is a tour de force. I don't know how else to explain it. I didn't think a fourteen-year-old experiencing the pangs of new love would be able to hold me over nearly pages but Mukund Joshi is an extraordinary young man. And so are they all extraordinary young men, in a long tradition that stretches back to Holden Caulfield. He lives with his father, and mother, and extraordinarily sanctimonious elder sister, Ambabai, in a town just outside the great city, from which various intimations of excitement come.