It is a romantic tragedy of Kanji and Jivi, born in different castes. It follows the troubles they face in their love story. Gujarati writer-editor, Jhaverchand Meghani , had asked Pannalal Patel to write a story for Phulchhab , a Gujarati daily. Patel then wrote Malela Jeev in 24 days and it was serialised in the daily Phulchhab.
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It is a romantic tragedy of Kanji and Jivi, born in different castes. It follows the troubles they face in their love story. Gujarati writer-editor, Jhaverchand Meghani , had asked Pannalal Patel to write a story for Phulchhab , a Gujarati daily. Patel then wrote Malela Jeev in 24 days and it was serialised in the daily Phulchhab. It was later published as a book in Kanji and Jivi live in Jogipara and Udharia villages near Idar and they belong to different castes.
They met each other at the Janmashtami fair and fell in love. They were unable to marry due to coming from different castes. Kanji also has the social responsibility of his elder brother's family.
But he finds it difficult to live without Jivi. His friend Hiro suggests having Jivi marry Dhula, the barber in their own village. After a great psychological struggle, Kanji agrees with Hira and get Jivi married to Dhula.
But his plan does not bring the expected result. Dhula's suspicious nature, his tyranny, and his poor treatment of Jivi causes Kanji's plan to be unsuccessful. Kanji's God-fearing nature and his indecisive mental state also play a role in his failure. Kanji moves from the village to the city to keep himself away from Jivi. Jivi, meanwhile, is tired of the daily quarrels and beatings and tries to commit suicide.
But, by mistake, her tyrannical husband Dhulo loses his life and she falls into an emotional imbalance, yearning for her beloved Kanji. In the end Kanji's worldly love transformed into a spiritual love, and so he comes from the city to be with Jivi. The books was well received by readers and critics. Meghani had written, "It is not only the story of Kanji and Jivi but also the story of all of us. It is the sensitive story of the entire society.
And herein lies the aesthetic beauty of this novel. It has been reprinted several times; in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and The novel was translated by Rajesh I. The novel has also been adapted into several films and plays. Ulajhan directed by N. Acharya was the first Gujarati film adaptation of the novel.
It was scripted by the novelist himself. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dewey Decimal. New Delhi: Cosmo Publications. Retrieved 8 December Malela Jeev. Ahmedabad: Sanjeevani Publication. Retrieved The India Club, Inc. Journal of Humanity in Gujarati. Ahmedabad: Parshwa Publication. Weightman Traveller's literary companion to the Indian sub-continent. Print Publ.
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Cast: Dina Gandhi. Toggle navigation Moviebuff. Where did you watch this movie? Love story scripted by the prominent Gujarati novelist Patel. The hero Kanji, separated from his lower-caste girlfriend Jivi, tries to persuade her into a pro-forma wedding which, he hopes, will allow the couple to continue their relationship. Things take a tragic turn as Kanji is forced to leave the village and Jivi commits suicide. Movie Rating Based on 1 rating.