KM Munshi's political saga 'The Lord and Master of Gujarat' is now out in English

The second part of KM Munshi’s famous ‘Patan trilogy’, a series full of political intrigue and romance, is now out in English for global audiences.

rita-and-abhijit-kothari
Abhijit and Rita Kothari

Authors Rita and Abhijit Kothari have taken on the challenging task of translating one of the most famous works by a Gujarati writer into English. KM Munshi’s ‘Patan trilogy’ earned him a name as the father of the ‘historical novel’ in Gujarat. As an associate of Mahatma Gandhi and activist during the time of the Indian independence movement, Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, was greatly involved in the world of politics and brought that understanding into his novels. On August 8, his legacy was revived at the Ahmedabad University Bookstore as the Kotharis unravelled their second translated work in the Patan trilogy, The Lord and Master of Gujarat.

The evening unfolded with a panel discussion about the Patan trilogy, between authors Rita and Abhijit Kothari, Dr Patrick French, who is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Ahmedabad University, and Pratishtha Pandya, a senior lecturer who is studying the relationship between literature, culture, education and society in contemporary India. Rita Kothari is a theoretician in translation studies and teaches at IIT-Gandhinagar, while businessman Abhijit Kothari combines sociology and management in his research.

kanhaiyalal-maneklal-munshi-in-english

The 520-page epic work of historical fiction has been published by Penguin Random House India Pvt Ltd. It is a translation of Munshi’s novel Gujarat-no-Nath, which is the second volume in the Patan trilogy. Munshi’s first book in the series, called Patan-ni-Prabhuta, was originally published in 1916, and was translated into The Glory of Patan by the Kotharis last year.

The historical saga is one of the most respectable epics to have been written in the Gujarati language, till date. Transporting readers back to the era of the Chalukya dynasty, the heroic tale begins with the city of Patan being under attack. With the arrival of a young warrior called Kaak, a series of events is triggered off. The novel follows the patriotic politician Munjal Mehta, the Queen of Patan, Minaldevi, and her son Jaysinh who is being trained to rise as King. The book enthralls with its mix of romance and twist of politics.

The Kothari couple explained, “While interpreting it in English, we made sure that the essence and catharsis of words are not lost in the process. Since it has now become part of language that is understood by the masses (English), Munshi will be consumed by global literature lovers easily.” The Kotharis believe The Lord and Master of Gujarat is grander than any other book in the series.

KM Munshi’s third saga Rajadhiraj, which will be translated as The King of Kings by Rita and Abhijit Kothari, is expected to release in May 2019.

Yatra Archives

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/A-Walk-with-Thambi-illustrated-by-Proiti-Roy-written-by-Lavanya-Karthik-Tulika-Books.jpg How Tulika Books is creating impact in children’s lives through picture books

A children’s book about a boy who feels like a girl. And about a child brought up by grandfathers. These are some of the stories published by Tulika Books, who have been making children’s picture books since 23 years. Little…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/romeo-juliet-1.jpg Of youthful passion and star-crossed lovers on Shakespeare’s birthday

While the Globe is streaming free its second dramatic production Romeo and Juliet, today is 23rd April, the day William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is believed to have been born and died. One would seldom find a more spontaneous and intense expression…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/article-on-renaissance-artists.jpg Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello—Artists or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters?

Did you ever wonder where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ characters got their names from? Well, your search is complete. Here is a brief introduction of the artists from whom the creators of TMNT took inspiration. Teenage mutant ninja turtles,…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Dr-Yatin-Desai-Orthopaedic-surgeon.jpg The call of the mountains: orthopaedic Dr Yatin Desai’s advice on trekking

In this piece 64 year old Dr Yatin Desai, shares with CY his inspiring story of how to scale towering mountains with utmost ease and how this life adventure activity can shape human character and health. Chances are high that…