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First published in 1930, Kankal is among the only two completed novels by famous ‘Chhayavadi’ Hindi poet and playwright Jaishankar Prasad. Kankal is his exploration into the prevalent social issues of Indian society, as well as his critique of religious institutions, superstitions, and their role in the exploitation of women. 

One evening in Prayag, on the banks of river Yamuna, a couple from Amritsar gets down from a boat and makes its way towards a young Sanyasi. They listen to his spiritual discussion with devotion and before leaving, introduce themselves to him as Shrichand and Kishori. The next day when they go back to see him, they learn that he has left for Haridwar. The couple argues about not asking for what they wanted the previous day, eventually deciding that they go to Haridwar to ask for his blessings. However, Shrichand has to go back to Amritsar for some urgent work, so he leaves Kishori in Haridwar with his trusted servant, Baldau. 

Unbeknownst to them, there is a reason behind the young Sanyasi’s sudden departure from Prayag. He had identified Kishori as his friend from childhood. Then, as he was being sent away, he had promised to bring her a doll when he returns. He never did. But now, with her following him to Haridwar, here they are—together again. He reminds her of their childhood, she identifies him as Ranjan. In the moonlit night, on the banks of river Ganga, she finally tells him what she has come to ask him for—a child.

Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.

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great but full of prediction

the choice of words by jaishankar prasad is just awesome but this story is almost predictable full of co incidences till end only part I feel is in jaishankar prasad's story women has to suffer at the end like he could have given the happy ending to mangal and tara by showing her stand she was just shown as a sacrificial soul as usual mangal ends up with gala but this story again shows the cruel reality of dominated men culture back in 1920's in India but it's full of unnecessary questions about hindi culture at one point when mangal was in arya samaj they were discussing how great other religion is showing bad side is ok but they should have shown some good aspects as well

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उच्च कोटि की भाषा में उत्कृष्ट साहित्य

जयशंकर प्रसाद जी की बहुत उच्च कोटि की साहित्यिक भाषा से सजी ये कहानी समाज मे व्याप्त जातिगत भेदभाव और नारी की समाज में दुर्दशा को सही तरह से प्रस्तुत करती है। धर्म के पीछे के आडम्बर और नारी के सहनशीलता का भी बहुत गहरा चित्रण है।

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Wonderful Experience.

Hearing the classic was wonderful experience. it is still very much relevant. Excellent narration. Congratulations