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Book Name Ek Chihan
Author Hridaya Chandra Singh Pradhan
Genre Social realism
published 1971
Setting Kathmandu, Nepal, during the mid-20th century
Themes Poverty, discrimination, social injustice, human resilience, family, community
Style Realistic, poignant, thought-provoking
Message A powerful indictment of social injustice and a testament to the human spirit’s ability to endure adversity

Name Relationship or Role
Asta Narayan Father
Lata Maya Mother
Purna Narayan Second Son
Nani Thunku Wife
Shiva Narayan Eldest Son
Harsha Narayan Younger Son
Dr. Godadutta Prasad Doctor
Surmaan Landowner
Ram Bahadur Karindar


Part I: An Introduction to the Asta Narayan Family

  1. The Asta Narayans: A Family Amidst Poverty and Ill Health
  2. Nani Thunku: A Pillar of Strength in the Face of Adversity
  3. The Family’s Reliance on Others and the Impact on Their Dignity

Part II: Conflict with Dr. Godadutta Prasad

  1. Enter Dr. Godadutta Prasad: A Wealthy Landowner and Symbol of Privilege
  2. The Power Imbalance Between Dr. Prasad and the Asta Narayan Family
  3. Dr. Prasad’s Unsolicited Advances and Nani Thunku’s Unwavering Resistance

Part III: Shiva Naran’s Struggles and Aspirations

  1. Unveiling Shiva Naran’s Intelligence, Ambition, and Yearning for a Better Life
  2. Shiva Naran’s Encounters with Social Injustice and Frustration with Lack of Opportunities
  3. Shiva Naran’s Determination to Break Free from the Cycle of Poverty

Part IV: A Series of Misfortunes

  1. A Wave of Misfortunes Tests the Asta Narayan Family’s Resilience
  2. Ostracization from Society and the Denial of Basic Rights
  3. Exploitation by Those in Positions of Power

Part V: Hope Amidst Hardship

  1. Glimmers of Hope and Camaraderie Amidst Despair
  2. Strength Drawn from Shared Experiences and Unwavering Love
  3. The Importance of Family and Community Support

Part VI: A Powerful Indictment of Social Injustice

  1. A Strong Message Against Social Injustice and a Celebration of Human Resilience
  2. Challenging Readers to Confront the Realities of Social Inequality
  3. Inspiring Action for a More Equitable Society

Welcome to the summary of “Ek Chihan”

Ek Chihan: A Poignant Tale of Social Struggles and Human Resilience

Set against the backdrop of mid-20th century Kathmandu, Nepal, “Ek Chihan” by Hridaya Chandra Singh Pradhan paints a stark and moving portrait of the harsh realities faced by the underprivileged. The story follows the Asta Narayan family, their lives marred by poverty, discrimination, and societal ills.

At the heart of the novel lies Asta Narayan, the patriarch, whose frail health casts a shadow over the family, exacerbating their financial struggles. As his condition worsens, the family’s desperation grows, forcing them to rely on the generosity of others, often at the cost of their dignity.

Nani Thunku, Asta Narayan’s wife, emerges as a pillar of strength amidst the family’s adversities. Her unwavering courage and unwavering love for her children sustain her through the darkest of times. Despite enduring humiliating treatment and relentless hardship, she tirelessly works to provide for her family, taking on odd jobs to keep them afloat.

The novel delves into the power dynamics between the Asta Narayan family and Dr. Godadutta Prasad, a wealthy landowner who represents the privileged class. Dr. Prasad’s influence and wealth allow him to exploit the poor and vulnerable, as exemplified by his unwelcome advances towards Nani Thunku. This stark contrast between the classes underscores the societal inequalities that plague the community.

Shiva Naran, Asta Narayan’s eldest son, grapples with the limitations imposed by poverty and lack of opportunities. Despite his intelligence and ambition, he finds himself trapped in a cycle that seems impossible to escape. The injustices he witnesses firsthand fuel his desire for a better life for himself and his family.

As the narrative unfolds, the Asta Narayan family is subjected to a series of misfortunes, testing their resilience and challenging their beliefs. They face ostracization, denial of basic rights, and exploitation, yet amidst the despair, they find moments of hope and camaraderie. Their shared experiences and unwavering love for one another provide a source of strength that helps them endure.

“Ek Chihan” stands as a powerful indictment of social injustice and a testament to the human spirit’s ability to withstand adversity. Pradhan’s masterful storytelling interweaves personal tragedies with broader societal issues, exposing the deep-rooted inequalities that permeate society. The novel’s enduring relevance lies in its ability to provoke thought and inspire action, challenging readers to confront the realities of social injustice and work towards a more equitable world.