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Chhal: Garhwali fiction illustrating lacking rural health services

Chhal: Garhwali fiction illustrating lacking rural health services
(Chronological History and Review of Modern Garhwali Short Stories/Fiction Series)
(Review of Short story Collection ‘Meru Pahar ‘ (Stories written by Rakesh M. Thapliyal-8 )
(Review of ‘Chhal ’a Short story (Story written by Rakesh M. Thapliyal )
Review by: Bhishma Kukreti (Literature Historian)
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Rakesh Mohan Thapliyal is multi-dimensional, multi-lingual literature creator and is more famous for his memoir on old Tehri city.
The Garhwali story ‘Chhal’ from Garhwali fiction collection ‘Meru pahar’ by Thapliyal seems to support Blind Faith or ritual performances for heaing and l rejuvenation. However, the story depicts worse health services available in rural Garhwal. The story depicts the reality of people dying or felling ill due to non-availability of first aid health services in Garhwal and that fearful situation compels people depending on ritual healings as Sadhu, Jagri , Ghadela or Bhut Bhagana.
The story teller is successful in showing painful conditions of health services in rural Garhwal where people had to travel two three hundred kilo meters to cities for common illness too. The dialects are from near Tehri. The story telling style is simple and attracts readers for reading story till the end.
Short Story: Chhal
By Rakesh Mohan Thapliyal
From – Meru Pahar a Garhwali stories collection
Pub- Yugvani Prakashan
Dehradun
Publication Year -2014
Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti, 2019
Modern Garhwal Fiction /short stories from Uttarkashi Garhwal, South Asia; Modern Garhwal Fiction /short stories from Tehri Garhwal, South Asia; Modern Garhwal Fiction /short stories from Pauri Garhwal, South Asia; Modern Garhwal Fiction /short stories from Rudraprayag Garhwal, South Asia; Modern Garhwal Fiction /short stories from Dehradun

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