Anil Awachat (अनिल अवचट)

January 15, 2007

Getting to know Anil Awachat

Filed under: General — Manish Hatwalne @ 10:25 pm

I remember I first read an article “Shodh Aarogyacha” (शोध आरोग्याचा) by Anil Awachat in Saptahik Sakal Diwali 1994 – it was about Abhay Bang & Rani Bang. It was really awe-inspiring for me in those formative years. Also loved the way Anil Awachat wrote in simple, lucid language and I was quite impressed by his style of writing. It has been long 12 years (१ तप)… I have read so many articles (including latest one in Saptahik Sakal Diwali 2006 on Honeybees) and books by him eversince — in fact I think I have read all his books available in last 10 years – except one new poetry book (Mast Mast Utaar) that he has written. Some of the articles and books that remain etched in my memory are – ‘Sunandala Athavtana’ (सुनंदाला आठवतांना), ‘Karyarat’ (translated as Beyond Work in English), ‘Aapta’ and ‘America‘. He has written about several social issues and has been actively involved in many of them including their own project Muktangan (De-addiction center). His books on social issues are thought provoking & disturbing – in the good sense. However, I have loved him more as a person and for his leisure writings – his feature writing on people like Abhay Bang – Rani Bang and several others has been simple, admiring and inspirational. Only other person that I can think of who portrayed real people so well was Pu La Deshpande himself.

I have admired him a lot as a person for several reasons – because he did have courage & conviction to follow unconventional & thoughtful lifestyle. Admire him for his several interests, pursuits and hobbies and time & efforts he gave for them – ‘Chhandavishayi’ (छंदांविषयी) is one beautiful book talking about his interests. I really love him and adore him because he did have guts to follow his heart irrespective of monetary returns that his medical degree could have ensured him. And hats off to his wife Sunanda for supporting one such unconventional person and taking on so many responsibilities to allow him to experiment and write. Must be one content & amazing relationship that they shared together. Love his views on being together (सहजीवन), parenting – allowing his children to be on their own, allowing them to develop the way they wanted!! Recently when I read article by his daughter Yashoda about her epilepsy and how both of them (Anil & Sunanda Awachat) never compared her with her sister and how they always inculcated positive outlook in them; I realized how positive this person has been throughout his life without ever boasting it. He’s always been so humble & simple man!!! It’s amusing to see how he manages to see so much good in life & everyone!! And I guess that’s why he remains one of my role models….someone who has actively made difference to peopple’s lives; someone who had courage to follow his heart irrespective of monetary returns; someone who is keen on propagating more balanced, tolerant & comprehensive outlook in life and lastly someone who applauds good things that other people do (though they may be lesser known) and presents them to the world – really an inspiring person in search of inspirations! That’s what he is!!!

I haven’t had chance to meet this man till date, have only known him through his books, articles, views and through some of the people closely associated with him. But I have realized I am in love with this man… and it has been a long, gradual process….it’s impossible to know him and not to love him. Despite loving him so much, I don’t think I like all his books nor do I claim him to be the *best* Marathi author (for I strongly believe what Hugh Prather says – ‘There no such thing as “The Best” in the world of individuals‘) I don’t know what kind of literary value his books have or where does he stand in comparison with other prominent Marathi authors – but for me his books have always been inspiring & optimistic – they have always helped me to enrich my thinking, to enrich my life. He has been one of the strong influences in my formative years, and I really wish that I’d ultimately become someone like him in my own unique way. I hope I’d have enough courage to follow my heart and make a little difference in my own unique way. I guess if & when it actually happens, one of the strong reasons would be Anil Awachat’s influence- and that would probably the best way to thank him and let him know that how effective, influential his work & writings have been.



  1. मनिष, मी सुद्धा अवचट यांना कधी भेटलो नाहीये. माझी त्यांना भेटण्याची तीव्र इच्छा आहे. त्यांची परवानगी असेल तर मुक्तांगण साठी वेळ देण्याचीही खूप इच्छा आहे.
    तू अतिशय छान लिहिलं आहेस. असेच लेख अजून येऊ द्या.

    Comment by yogesh — January 19, 2007 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  2. you have written all about him so well …i am really tempted to read his works n know more about him…

    Comment by bosky — January 27, 2007 @ 1:02 am | Reply

  3. You’re most welcome to read his books!!! And write if you want…

    Comment by Manish — January 29, 2007 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  4. Hi friends,
    Dont know clearly what to write about Mr. Awchat. Have been reading his articals for so many years. I remember reading “Dahaviche Varsha” in a Deewali Spl. many years ago. I must be entering teens then.
    After reading almost everything by him, one thing is for sure, all of the Awchat family has become a part of my family. So much so that inbetween my chit-chat with my wife or sister, I easily go on saying…Muktila athavte ka kay zale hote, or Yasho used to do so and so, or the famous quote my Baba…Ji dukkhe manav nirmit ahet, tyanche nirakaran hi toch karoo shakto….etc. Mukta, Yasho, Sunanda kaku, Plomina..(or is it Filomina..??), Sham Asolekar, Dr. Nadkarni, Sada, Dr. Adhav, Dr. Saptarshi, Kapardikeshwar, Mandvi River, Otur stand, Tagya….everyone. What a man to have amongst us.

    Comment by Abhijit Bhatlekar — February 6, 2007 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  5. manish, mi khoop khoop abhari aahe. he lekhan kaleche bhaggya! jichyamule tumhi tumche anubhav khoop anolkhi lokaknbarobar ‘share’ karit asta.tyanchya jeevanacha bhag banata.
    he sarvach ka karat nahit? aamhi kay lekhak nahi aahot, ha ek mottha gairsamaj.apan mitrashi manatale bolu shakato na? mag likhan mhanaje dusare kay aste? ‘ya hrudayiche.. tya hrudayi….’

    Comment by anil awachat — February 11, 2007 @ 6:26 am | Reply

  6. बाबाची कमेंट काय सुंदर आहे. 🙂

    Comment by yogesh — February 16, 2007 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  7. Mitrano,
    Kase ahat..?? Just finished reading POORNIA. Have been reading it again and again for last few years.

    A thought keeps coming to my mind, many times without a reason…IT VERY EASY TO SPEAK THE TRUTH, AND ITS VERY TRICKY TO JUSTIFY A LIE.

    Poornia…Considering the narrative process of this book, I strongly feel what Baba says here is absolutely true, in fact that is the only way to start writing.
    Just to add up to what he says, ( hope I am right) the writing process would be very easy, if the writer is totally true to himself/herself.
    This line seems simple to read, but not so easy to follow. BUT……..
    once you manage to be true to yourself, nothing can be more easy in the world. It would be very simple to convay..hya hrudayiche tya hrudayee.
    Please feel free to add up to this.
    Abhijit Bhatlekar.

    Comment by Abhijit Bhatlekar — February 20, 2007 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  8. बाबाला भेटण्याचे योग अधे मधे आले….
    आणि प्रत्येक वेळी प्रकर्षाने हेच जाणवलं
    की हा माणूस सगळ्याच लोकांबरोबर मस्त मिसळुन जातो….
    मग ती लहान मुले असोत, तरुण असोत ….
    किंवा म्हातारी माणसं असोत….

    प्रत्येक माणसाला हा आपला जवळचा आहे, असं वाटतं…

    पुस्तकांच्या बाबतीतही हेच…
    विषय तर किती विविध…
    वाचताना प्रत्येक व्यक्तीला वाटतं,
    अरे हा आपलीच भाषा ‘बोलतोय’…

    बाबाच ‘आमेरिका वाचलं…
    आणि आमेरिकेची एक वेगळीच बाजू समोर आली,
    जी आपल्यापर्यंत फारशी कधी पोचलीच नव्हती…

    ‘छंदांविषयी’ वाचलं…
    तेव्हा अधून मधून घडलेल्या भेटीत,
    बाबानं चुलत भावंडांना बोलता बोलता
    करुन दिलेले ऑरिगामीचे उंट, घोडा….
    संपत आलेल्या स्केचपेनने पेन न उचलता
    काढलेला दाढीवाला बाबा….
    एक स्वच्छ आणि सुंदर रेषेच्या वळणात
    काढलेला हत्ती…झाड…..
    मधूनच वाजवून दाखवलेली,
    मंत्रमुग्ध करणारी बासरी….
    असे प्रत्यक्ष अनुभवलेले…
    अनेक अनेक क्षन डोळ्यांपुढे आले…

    बाबाची ओघवती भाषा मनाला स्पर्शून जाते…
    बाबाला जे जाणवलं , त्याने ते जसं अनुभवलं…
    तसं त्याने ते आपल्यापर्यंत पोचवलं…
    वाचताना त्याचे अनुभव
    आपलेच होतात नकळत……


    Comment by Rijuta — February 23, 2007 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  9. Wow ऋजुता!!!! You have really written so well..

    Comment by Manish — February 23, 2007 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  10. धन्यवाद, मनिष!
    सध्या ‘जगण्यातील काही’ वाचते आहे
    त्यानंतर ‘दिसले ते’ वाचणार आहे…!

    पुन्हा भेटूच!


    Comment by ऋजुता — February 24, 2007 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  11. KONDMARA vachle. Jagnyatla gola karat anlela sagla utsah punha ekda nighoon gela. Tondachi chav geli. Kuthlayhi kamala sharir retvat nahiye.

    JAAT. Ya eka goshti mule mazya deshatlya kityek pidhyani swatahache kiti durdaivi nuksan karoon ghetle ahe..!! Aj agdi sushikshit cultured lokana Jati baddal abhimaan thevtana baghto tevha, mi manoos aslyachich mala sharam vatate. Mala kuni jaat vicharli (ani khoop lok vichartat, pointlessly) , tar aai varoon shivi dilya sarkha apman vatato. Mazi jaat mi kadhich konala sangnar nahi. Mala Jati mukta kase hota yeil..??

    JAAT ani DHARMA ya doghan madhe DHARMA shreshta samajla jato (karan mazya mate tyala niyam, neetee yanche reasoning kinva justification ahe, mhanoon to kuthe kuthe rigid dekhil ahe) ani JAAT duyyam (hi mazya mate tya tya mansachya poorvapar chalat alelya udyam prakara varoon tharli asavi, thus it can be flexible). Ase asoonahi DHARMA badalta yeto, pan JAAT nahi, ase ka..??

    Baba, tuzya sathi ek shanka. Tu KONDMARA madhe eka manav samoohacha SAVARNA asa ullekh kela ahes. SAVARNA mhanje kon..??

    Comment by Abhijit — March 1, 2007 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  12. धन्यवाद, मनिष!

    Comment by mayuri — December 17, 2007 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  13. R. SIR,


    Comment by nila ashtaputre — February 20, 2008 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  14. Hi Manish,

    I just cant express how to thank u for such a nice writing for such nice couple (Baba and Sunandakaku) who have devoted there life only for others.
    I also didnt meet Anil sir but strongly want to meet. Let see when this day will come.
    I just thought before that is there anyone who thinks like me about Baba or all other good personalities. But now i satisfied as i found such a nice platform to express thoughts about good personalities.
    So thanks to Baba and Sunandakaku for being motivator for me to live such a life which alawys become useful,beneficial for other. Also thanks to manish and all other responders for encouraging my good side of thoughts.
    Thanks once again.
    Take Care All as world needs the good persons like u for supporting the peoples who dont have supporter.

    Comment by Amol M. Patil — May 21, 2008 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

  15. I have developed a great respect for Dr Anil after reading most of his books.

    I wish that this should be taken into other languages. Anyone knows if this has been done already?

    Each time whatever I read, it leaves me thinking about doing something really meaningful and useful, rather than continuing with day to day work-home-work-home routine.

    Would love to meet him and get some ideas.

    — Jay

    Comment by Jay — October 22, 2009 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  16. I am very fond of u and your work.I am a primary teacher in English school.My son likes your articles who is studding in ninth reads your books.He is in Marathi medium. Once I read some of chapters from your books in my school for the std seventh I make them learn maths. Especially about your childhood experiences.I am VERY GLAD to tell you that all the class enjoyed with me. I always speak to them about my idols BABA&SADHANA AMATE, ABHAY & RANI BANG , PRAKASH & MANDA AMATE, KIRAN BEDI DEFINATLY MR&MRS AWACHT & LATE SUNITA DESHPANDE.I read your article on SUNITAJI IN NAVASHAKTI which was touchy I shared it with my other teachers too.Can you visit our school any day?

    Comment by jayant m jog — November 28, 2009 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  17. we share common town of origin and I applause his social work and the contrubution to the society. I often refer him as a landmark of my native place. I have renewed my childhood by his reading his books. There a lot of OTUR in it.

    Comment by vgtambe — February 12, 2010 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  18. I read about Sunandatai,s inspirational journey with breast cancer.Her strength and positive outlook in this writing is wonderful.Inspire of the secondary diagnosis is continued to work for others rather than waiting for the eventual.She is one in million. My humble respects to such a great soul and also to you Dr Anil Awachat.

    Comment by Neelima — September 18, 2010 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  19. Respected sir i am the one of the old reader of you , all your stories from sakal news paper still with me.sir i want know some inspiring marathi books

    Comment by prasad gholap — April 17, 2011 @ 9:46 pm | Reply


    Comment by Ramesh — September 3, 2011 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

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