The Essayist Phadke
in 1936, 'Ratnakar' magazine started publishing Phadke's "Guja-goshti"
series, his essays quickly stood out because of their singular characteristic.
To readers used to reading heavy prose in Sanskrutised Marathi, replete with
literary allocutions and references, Phadke’s essays, in their simplicity,
ever austerity, signaled the birth of the short essay in Marathi literature.
undoubtedly popularized the short essay genre in Marathi. "Guja-goshti"
the series of straight-forward, simple writings appealed to readers. Using the
flexibility of the language, these essays spoke of life's truths in a direct and
appealing way, almost as if the author chatted with his readers, and the readers
warmed to both the thematic content and the literary style.
the titles of "Father of the short essay" or "The greatest
essayist of Marathi" came to Phadke easily: on account of his topical,
interesting style. He will be known as a novelist, critic, story-teller; but the
author who gave us "Guja-goshti", like the purest gold, does not fear
falling out of favour. He has adorned Marathi literature with a pendant of which
we all can be justifiably proud.