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Elder Brother-Premchand

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Bade Bhai Sahab
-Premchand

Bade Bhai Sahab is the story of the delicate ties between two brothers. The younger one, is younger to his elder brother by five years and hence bade bhai sahab takes it on him to paramash the younger one on everything. “Itna itrae mat, abhi nichi kaksha mein ho. Andhe ke ankh batair lag gayi isliye pass huwe. Mere kaksha tak pahuncho. Tab daton se pasina chutegi. Angrezi itihaas mein Aantho (8) Henry hain, dozeno James aur Saikron William… The play is in first person account which interestingly switches the actors from being the narrators and players while the narration forming the part of dialogue between the two brothers. Actors Imaad and Jameel had wonderful on-stage chemistry. The chaste Hindi was soothing for the Hyderabadi-speaking audience as they watched with rapt attention. The play at times takes a dig on the education system. For instance, exam papers say ‘write an essay in more than 200 words on…’ and the pages given are four. “Iske bade mein 400 lafz, aur woh bhi, 4 sasure full scape paper mein?” laughs bhai Sahab.

BADE BHAI SAHEB (ELDER BROTHER) BY PREMCHAND

This tale of two brothers, narrated in the first person by the younger (the carefree, irresponsible but unknowingly brilliant one) about his older sibling, (the dour, studious but irredeemably mediocre one) is a study of contrasts of many kinds: a contrast of mindsets and approaches to life; a contrast of tradition and modernity, and a contrast of natural brilliance and natural dullness. No sides are taken by the writer in this hilarious study of two people who should be alike in every way, but are obviously touched by different stars.