The story is of a child who is small but his thoughts are big. Born on July 31, , Premchand studied at Rawat Pathshala following the transfer of his father Ajayablal, a post office clerk, to Gorakhpur in from his ancestral village Lamhi in Varanasi. He stayed in Gorakhpur till Shops of sweets, toys, bangles, utensils etc are still put up here on Eid and Bakrid. Thousands of Muslims gather here in their traditional attire to offer prayers.
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As I look back on my school days, I recall the beautiful story by Munshi Premchand — Idgah — that we had in our Hindi text book. We had even enacted a play on the story.
At that time, I had read it as any other story and was even a part of the play — without understanding its layers of wisdom. And this time my eyes welled. I could relate with the emotions. Here was a four-year-old boy, who saw his friends buying sweets and toys for themselves on Eid — as a child he too wanted to. But instead he buys a chimta a pair of tongs for his grandmother. The story begins on the morning of Eid.
Hamid doesn't have new clothes or shoes like other children. His parents have died and he lives with his grandmother. He lives on a hope that someday his parents would return. He has only three paisa as idi for the festival to spend at the fair. He watches his friends spend their pocket money on rides, candies and toys.
But he does not buy any such stuff. Instead, Hamid stops by a shop to buy a chimta as he remembers how his grandmother burns her hand while making rotis. On the way back, his friends ridicule him on buying the chimta but he silences all of them with his intelligent remarks on how his chimta was better than their perishable toys.
The story ends on a touching note when Hamid gifts the chimta to his grandmother. At first she is shocked and annoyed by his stupidity that instead of eating anything or buying any toy at the fair, he has purchased a chimta. But when Hamid tells his granny why he had bought the her the gift she bursts into tears. The small story had such a big meaning. The four-year-old had compassion and maturity which most adults don't. For him money was not for momentary pleasures.
This time I loved each paragraph, each sentence and each word of Idgah. The gift that he bought on Eid for three paisa was priceless. Vanita Srivastava Hindustan Times. Thank you for subscribing to our daily newsletter. Covid What you need to know today. Study links respiratory illness during Covid to blood groups. Ranjeet dances with daughter at 80 and even Tiger Shroff is impressed. Joe Biden, Donald Trump campaigns targeted by foreign hackers: Google. US tech firms make a beeline for foothold in Indian telecom.
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Inspiration for Premchand’s ‘Eidgah’-- a simple Gorakhpur fair
As I look back on my school days, I recall the beautiful story by Munshi Premchand — Idgah — that we had in our Hindi text book. We had even enacted a play on the story. At that time, I had read it as any other story and was even a part of the play — without understanding its layers of wisdom. And this time my eyes welled. I could relate with the emotions. Here was a four-year-old boy, who saw his friends buying sweets and toys for themselves on Eid — as a child he too wanted to.
Idgah (short story)
Wonderful translation indeed! Enjoyed reading it. I am sending the link to my English speaking grandson. I am sure he wii enjoy it.
Idgah by Munshi Premchand
This banner text can have markup. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. How wonderful and beautiful is the morning of Eid! The trees look greener, the field more festive, the sky has a lovely pink glow.
Remembering Premchand's Idgah: Hamid's gift for Eid