A collection of essays written by Late Shirishkumar Modi entitled ‘Sambharana’, has just been released. The book provides a vivid overview of life in Palanpur as it evolved over the past 75 years or so covering a wide spectrum of themes ranging from the author’s childhood and student life to his experiences and observations about social work, cultural traditions and other aspects of his home town.
The 42 essays cover more than 225 pages and are divided into three section - Shirishbhai’s memories, his interactions and experiences with noted personalities and other general topics and is a like rich encyclopaedia of diverse information and insights about the city.
Having been born in Palanpur in the 1930s and lived there all his life becoming one of its most prominent citizens, Shirishbhai is uniquely positioned to give the reader a picture of both the old Palanpur of his childhood and youth, as well as the new Palanpur as it slowly evolved into a modern medical and educational hub in North Gujarat.
In his introduction, Prof Hrishikesh Raval, who worked closely on this project describes how he managed to convince Shirishbhai of the importance of putting down his vast knowledge on paper. Raval stresses, that Shirishbhai agreed only on one condition – that the book be published in the same simple colloquial language and style that he used, rather than in fine literary language.
Unfortunately, Shirishbhai passed away very suddenly when the final draft was ready but before the book could be published. At a special memorial meeting held on the occasion of his birthday in December 2020, the Modi family unveiled a pre-print copy of the book which has now been published and made available for the public.
Late Shirishkumar Modi
(Dr Vikrambhai Manilal Mehta, Chairman, Banaskantha District Kelvani Mandal (BDKM) and a very close associate of Late Shrishbhai Modi over the past many decades, has written this very moving review of 'Sambharna', deeply appreciating the manner in which it rekindles poignant memories of the past.)
At Memorial Meeting in December 2020
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