The greatest work of Dr Pratibha Ray is definitely her novel Magnamati (The Regenerative Earth, 2004). Based on the 1999 killer cyclone of Odisha which devastated the entire coastal belt of Odisha from Balasore to Gopalpur, the plot is focused on the worst hit area Ersama in the district of Jagatsinghpur. A superficial reader may confuse Magnamati with a disaster novel but it is not so, nor is it intended to be. This novel is about mother Earth and her relationship with her children, the human race, which she holds in display as she does her trees, rivers, mountains and seas. Man is sustained by this mother, nourished into his destiny. She tolerates all his naughtiness and even violence. But when man transgresses the epitomic tolerance of the mother earth; she chastises him with her demonic fury. The cyclone in this novel is symbolic of nature’s fury which she lavishes on man and his civilization with as much diabolism as she lavishes her love, kindness and divine grace on him with tender feelings. This is made clear even in the first page of the novel. To show this Pratibha very carefully builds up the entire topography, geography and gradually growing civilization in the Abhayapur- Ersama region. She creates a peopled world of villages valleys, rivers, seas tracing the history of the fisherman community to the Dasa king, who was created from the dirt from the ears of Vishnu at the time of Pralaya.
Odia novel Magnamati is published by Adya Prakashani and the latest edition realeased as 3rd edition in 2004. Buy now the odia novel Magnamati online from OdishaShop.
|No of Pages||609|
|Binding Type||Hard Cover|
|Book Dimention||Packaging approx in cm – 15x22x1|
|Printing||Print Tech Offset Pvt. Ltd, Bbsr|
|Layout Design||Brothers Communication, Bbsr|