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Charming Vignettes

Charming Vignettes
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Item Code: NAN962
Author: Surendra Nath Jauhar "Faquir"
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8188847135
Pages: 136
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 175 gms
About the Book

Chachaji had a way of recalling events, telling stories and creating a lively and compelling atmosphere; often a little fiction or imagination mingled with facts. But the tale told by him was interesting and often carried a ring of higher truth. He inspired countless people through his unique storytelling art, guiding and leading them towards higher life values-moral and spiritual.

He was influenced by the teachings of several saints and sages and had imbibed the essence of Indian culture. He had a huge store of experiences which he freely offered to all for their benefit.

His observant eye missed nothing, he had a genius for spotting the unusual, the exceptional and the droll, and he found the right words to invoke the odd fact that had caught his eye.

This book includes a variety of interesting stories and other writings that came from Chachaji' s pen-reminiscences, allegories or simple observations. They may be vignettes on profound truths or just funny jottings and titbits-but all readable.

About the Author

Surendra Nath Jauhar: Born August 13, 1903 at village Vahalee, Distt. Jhelum (now in Pakistan), resident of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi. Education at D.A.V. College and National College, Lahore; member D.C.C. (1939); member P.C.C. (1934-47); took part in the Civil Disobedience Movement (1930) and the Quit India Movement (1942); defied Martial Law Regulations (1919) and suffered beatings and forced marches under the British Sergeants. In 1930, organised boycott of foreign cloth throughout the "Katras" of Chandni Chowk; November 14, 1930 read the Congress Independence Day Resolution at the Clock Tower; arrested and tried for six different counts; sentenced to nine months' R. 1.and Six months' R. 1. in the Central Jail Multan; tortured in Jail and released in 1931 on account of Gandhi-Irwin Pact; in 1942; went underground and worked with Shrimati Aruna Asaf Ali and Shri Jugal Kishore Khanna; arrested on September 17, 1942 after fierce fighting at the point of pistol; dragged along with his wife in Connaught Circus followed by thousands of people; in the scuffle, the Magistrate on Duty ordered to shoot him dead, escaped providentially; tried under various counts for about two years and acquitted on May 6, 1944.


1Food for my 'Horse'1
2Happiness 4
3Rat, Cat and Dog 6
4The Secret of True Happiness 8
5Foolish 10
6Three Sadhus 12
7Haughty Maharaja 15
8Faquiri 15
9Sheikh Sadi 17
10Basket of Rubbish 18
11Property - Money - Riches 19
12Revenue and Taxes 21
13Darkness 23
14Donkey 24
15Monkey 25
16The Stolen Horse - an Allegory 28
17The Next Leap 29
18Faquir Answers... 30
19The Call 31
20Pig 32
21Angry Man 33
22God 34
23I Have Rubbed Shoulders with my Destiny 35
24Banks of the Stream 37
25The Little Swiss 39
26Italian Coffee 41
27Coffee 41
28Fear of Flight 42
29Tablets 44
30Water 45
31Wrestling Match 46
32How Sweet! 47
33Son 49
34Confidence 49
35Shave 51
36Vegetarianism 52
37Trees 52
38Sadhana and Tapasya 53
39Mercy 54
40Message 55
41Contrasts 56
42Storm 59
43Grace of the Divine and... 60
44Grace 61
45Curse: The Lost Herb: Sanjeevani Booti 62
46General Manager 65
47Charan Das 'The Thief' 77
48Handcuffs: The Price for Nobility 86
49Blessed are the Cursed 93
50Charcoal 97
51Mysterious Servant 101
52Mistake 107
53A Legend and a Symbol 112
54Blotting Paper 117
55The Saviour Must Share the Pain 123

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