Gunahon ka Devta – Dharmvir Bharti

Honestly, when I started the book, I did not expect it to be too great. I bought it because I had heard it was a classic in Hindi literature and I expected something solid for sure, but , nothing this extraordinary.

Right from the very beginning, the story, the characters, the setup, everything just engulfed me into this book. The characters are so complex, so rich, so varied. The story is an intricate weave of intense and light emotions alike. There are contrasts and similarities and they are very appropriately placed. There are ideological debates about platonic and carnal love, about love and arranged marriage, about Hindu customs, about sacrifice and acceptance and denial. The book deals with white, black and grey areas of life of the two protagonists, Chander and Sudha and the supporting cast. The depiction of lives, the conversations, the situations, the feelings are all so perfectly written that not once will your imagination fail you. It is intense, and tragic and deep story about love and passion and its pains and sacrifices and gains.

The book is remarkable not only because of its touching and excellent storyline but also because of the use of language and technical excellence in writing. Even when he describes the sex scenes, not once is there anything vulgar. The words are poetic and beautiful. The conversations between Sudha and Chander are light and flirty as they should be to give us the exact view of their relationship which is that of deepest devotion and love but of which they are unaware. He paints a contrast so well. While the relationship between Sudha and Chander is that of a god and its devotee, that of Pammi and Chander is that of bodily needs and very human in nature. Bharti ji also discusses philosophies of love and life and argues it from every viewpoint. He never fully segregates views and elevates one or the other. He gives reasons for both. Chander is not ashamed of what he did and Sudha does not blame him either. What they find initially difficult and later come to accept is that when you are going platonic, exclusivity becomes difficult because bodily needs come in and then all one has is trust in the love of each other.

I just can’t get it out of mind. It is marvellous. A book says all about its authors creative genius and Bharti Ji gets full points here. I would go as far as to say that Chander and Sudha are as great literary characters as Romeo and Juliet, Heer and Ranjha ,as Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza.  If only, this reached a wider audience, more people would get to see the genius of Bharti ji.


40 thoughts on “Gunahon ka Devta – Dharmvir Bharti

  1. Such a great book on love. Love above all materialistic bounds. Every Indian should read this book by such a great writer Shri Dharmvir Bhartiji

  2. mere liye yaha novel nai hai,yaha mujhe ramayana ki taraha pavitra aur mann ki bhavanao ko samajhne ka sashkat madhyam lagta hai,mai jab bhi udas hota ho,ise padta ho..aur kya likhu..mere liye yahi geeta hai..

  3. it made to understand relations,every youth n parents should read this to realise love can be so pure n strong,this book made me an bookacholic.THanks sir

  4. Hi, “gunaho ke dewta” khamosh mohabat ki anokhi kahani hai. Ek aam insan k man me pal-pal waqt k sath jo mauje uthati hai, us athah sagar ka ehsas hai. Sudha hi nhi blki uski choti behan (bua ki ladaki) ki v marmik samvednao ki adbhut aviwaykti hai. Ye kahani kl ki nhi, blki aaj v prasangik hai. Sudha to sache pyar ki pratimurti hai to binti uski chaya. “wo pyar hi kya jiska milan ho jaye…” ye novel meri zindagi ka aaina hai.

  5. Aj hi maine “gunahon ka devta” kahani pari. ek bar kahani padna shuru karne ke bad kab subah se sham hui pata hi nahi chala aur sham se hi aisa mahsoos ho raha hai jaise kahin kuch kho gaya hai ,kuch gum gaya hai. sudha aur uska chandar,unka pavitra pyar,unka compromise, unki baten , unka larna- jhagarana aur unka rona rah rahkar mere khayalo me bar-bar aa raha hai .
    is kahani ne sach me andar tak jhakjhor diya hai REALLY THIS IS UNEXPECTED AND BEST STORY EVER I READ. “THANKYOU SIR….”

  6. hi ,, what can i say for this wonderful novel,
    when i started to read it my interest was increasing and increasing and i didn’t leave the book until i finished it,, love it

  7. Gunahon ka devta its like a story which is happening near by us perhaps we are characters of this chander sudha pammi and binti all are wandering in our side wise and also in our sole .Really its a story of a middle class.

  8. i have read this book and i m speechless since then
    any comment on this book will fail because it will not do justice to emotions of the characters involved
    only way to know is to read and become wordless

  9. really its touchable novel es book ko padte padte intna acha laga ke me to bharti ji ki fan ho gai bahut hi acha novel he ,one of my favourate.

  10. i just loved it… very interesting & touching story, when i was reading it i felt as that all characters are playing their role in front of me & i m seeing a beautiful play….i lough, cried too… reading it…

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