It's really difficult for us, the 21st century group, to comment anything about the old, un-educated, under-addressed, village life. I have personally never been to any village, and seen those earthen houses, and oil lamps. But this book has pictured those days as real, before my eyes. It was really devastating to even imagine the poor state of a family, where the single earner of the family knows his responsibilities, and keeps on working like oxes; son leaving for a city to have never come back, childhood marriages, and early birth pain.
Munshi Premchand is a real maestro in hindi writing, who could accomplish such a legendary piece of writing almost 60 years back. He is a legend of Indian literature.