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Jitendra Bhatia does not write just to increase the number of books. He himself says that if he doesn’t have something special to write about, he doesn’t write. Jitendra Bhatia, who began his literary journey with a parallel story, is a multifaceted personality. In addition to his numerous collections of short stories, novels, plays, and books of thought, four volumes of translations of world literature, Socho Saath Kya Jayega, have also been published. But even all of his creations don’t stop him from taking risks: creative risks. This became clearer when I recently read Jitendra Bhatia’s novel ‘Runiyabas Ki Antarkatha’ (Sambhavna Prakashan, Hapur). The novel begins – Going down the slope, I suddenly thought that my whole life or that of another man could be lived again in some way? It is obvious that every person should have a dream of reliving life or at least stop and look back to see how he lived. Somewhere in this desire lies if there lived another person within him whom he had never heard. Why did this inner person never come out? Can it be located somewhere in the outside world? Can this man be found “inside” the “outside” world? But Jitendra Bhatia does not run after “safe”. Even in writing, write those that are confusing, confusing, or ambiguous.

The story of ‘Runiyabas’ begins with the search for ‘Ojhalbaba’, alias Ramgopal Chordia. But the reader feels over and over again that this search is not a search for someone living inside. Is this an effective way to fight your loneliness? Jitendra Bhatia has thoughts, philosophy and is also aware of the changes that are taking place in the society. Therefore, as he writes this story, the author vigorously portrays the poverty and superstition of Runiyabas and the infernal life of the nearby people. Even if this novel is only read by limiting it to the search for Ojhalbaba, then there is great readability in this novel. But Jitendra Bhatia does not tell individual stories. In parallel with what he says, some other story is also taking shape.

First, Ojal Baba’s “Darshan” comes to mind to the author, when a middle-aged woman with a ghagra choli was circling a tree near a tree in a way of worship, muttering something in a slow voice , was tying a thread like Molly .. Next to him was a slender old man sitting on the ground, in front of which was placed a plate adjacent to the ridge. The old man repeats like a prayer: ‘Jai ho, jai ho ozal baba … tharai gigala … kirpa hukam …’ It is understandable that Ojalbaba lives in a ruined hut hidden behind a group of trees inside the enclosure. . His real name is Romgopal Chordia. This is where Ozalbaba’s search begins. Under the pretext of this research, the author portrays the world of Runiabas, the poverty there, the true lies that are spread there, the beliefs and superstitions, but he also shows the changing and changing world of half a century.

This world is reflected through the author’s school, the school teacher, the children who study in school. Written in the first person, this novel also shows the world of about fifty years ago through the protagonist’s mother. Not only that, but the contradictions and discrepancies in the world of journalism have also been recorded in the novel. But the original story revolves around Ojhalbaba. In search of Ojhalbaba, the hero arrives at a small cell covered with raw cloths of Ladan Bai, alias Bhagwati Devi. But even there he finds no evidence of the existence of Ojhalbaba. The existence or not of Ojhalbaba is really related to the existence of the hero.

In this quest, the hero meets a German named David. In German he worked as a masseur. David says he doesn’t get along with his own wife. He always says I’m so cynical because I have the Jewish blood of my dead father. He has also come here in search of Ojhal Baba. In Runiyabas he receives much information about Baba’s forty years of exile and his supernatural powers. Now another person (David) along with Nayak set out in search of Ozalbaba. Somewhere it seems that both David and the protagonist of the story are looking for their respective missions in Ojalbaba. The author writes in one place: Leaving behind the dying shadows of the evening light, I felt that both I and the German masseur, under the pretext of looking for that Ojalbaba, found an effective rupture in my consciousness and subconscious d ‘that failed disbelief. of all life. We are looking forward to finding out and the most important part of our research mission is now waiting for us to be discovered under the cover of the ruins that have sunk into darkness …

Whether this search for David and the protagonist is fulfilled or not, and in what way, can only be known by reading the novel. No novel is complete without risks and questions. This novel by Jitendra Bhatia brings them both together. As you read, the time of forty years ago comes to life before your eyes again and again and comes to life, the questions of that time that still remain the same today. Not in vain that in that novel by Jitendra Bhatia there is a random forest of thorny plants, but this forest is not controlled by feudalism. There are talking mynas, long-tailed green parrots, mountain crows and the lives of normal people. Jitendra Bhatia speaks very easily against the environment and feudalism. This is what makes this novel a great novel. Jitendra Bhatia has used playful language in this novel, which certainly increases readability. Basically, the novel is an exploration of the person who resides in himself, who is not visible outside.

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