He traveled the entire four thousand kilometers on the banks of the river Narmada. If someone is together, it is okay, if I do not get it alone If you found a place somewhere, slept, if you got food somewhere, then you filled your stomach. Everything was very silent, silently and when the memoirs from that journey came out through words and underlines, the entire form of Narmada came out.
Amritlal Vegad remained young in his eagerness to understand, save and groom every particle of Narmada till his last breath i.e. at the age of ninety. He wrote the entire account of his journey in three books. The first book, ‘River of Narmada’, came out in 1992 and has sold eight volumes so far. Vegadji starts his book- “Sometimes I ask myself, why did I take this risky journey? And every time I had the answer, if I did not travel, my life would have been wasted. Whatever work is made for, it must do that work and I am made for the Narmada padyatra. ”
Start Of An Incredible Journey
Vengadji started his first journey in 1977 when he was 50 years old and his last journey was in 1987 at the age of 82. For more than four thousand kilometers, he walked on the banks of this river. These books detail ten journeys of these eleven years. The author not only sees the beauty of the flow of folk or river in his journey, he also discusses the changes and displacement coming due to Bargi Dam, Indira Sagar Dam, Sardar Sarovar etc.
The journey from one end of Narmada to the other end is 1,312 km long. That means the entire 2614 km long orbiter. According to the rules, there is a law to complete the parikrama in three years, three months and 13 days. Obviously, in such a long journey, no matter how many stories, how many scenes, how many experiences the traveler saves, and if that traveler is a painter or a storyteller, then the taste of the journey is not limited to himself.
He was originally a painter and had studied art from Shanti Niketan of Guru Rabindranath Tagore from 1948 to 1953, then taught painting at a college in Jabalpur. Only then, in his travelogue, it has been taken care that when the reader spreads the words, a living picture emerges in his mind and brain. As the author observes the crescent rotation of the river, “Mandla is as if it is situated in the Karna-Kundal of Narmada.”
It is also being taken care of in their expressions that what is said in the pictures should not be repeated in words, rather the pictures should work to expand the expression of those words. They present their emotions so effortlessly that the reader becomes their companion. The author expressed these evocations in the chapter ‘Chinggaon to Amarkantak’ when he was in a village on the day of Diwali while traveling.
“After all, I am not gone.” Asked for a lamp from a woman and burned it with her hand and left it in the tank. Then the mind said, ‘Mother, Narmade, a lamp is lit in your worship. In return you also light a lamp – in my heart. It is very dark there, does not go in any way. If you light a lamp, then it goes away. I ask for this much alms So light the lamp, well? “A dialogue with the river as well as with the reader.
The biggest thing in this book is that it does not just talk about the water stream, creatures, flora, nature, fields, birds, humans, living with it have all been embodied in it and told how the river is just a water resource No, but the basic premise of human life from death. Its sand is also as important as the water stream and fish in it is as important as the churning of the earth by the hooves of the cattle coming on its banks.
In chapter 13, he writes, “The tiny trunks and small particles of the Narmada coast must have been known by the attrition of so many altruists, sages and sages. There must have been alam of countless sages in the forests here. There he must have considered religion, discovered life values and spread the light of culture. Our culture was Aranyak culture. but now? We have cut down those sacred forests and drove or killed animals and birds. What a betrayal is this with the earth. ”
Vegadji says that this is his sincere attempt to understand and explain Narmada and he wishes that if such a river which looted on others could flow into our sines, then our civilization-culture could be saved and destroyed. There is a civilization in the cities, but the culture is left a bit in the villages and the poor.
After reading this book, one gets a new vision to understand Narmada, the desire to read the other two books of the author is also awakened. It is important to know that people may make big claims about the best seller, but Anupam Mishra still has Khare after the pond. Begarji’s books will probably be among the best-selling Hindi books. Their number is more than two lakhs.