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NADI KE DWEEP By Agyeye : The only Hindi novel recommended by OSHO in the MUST READ list mentioned in His "BOOKS I HAVE LOVED" - An overview by Bobby Sing

12 Jun, 2014 | NOSTALGIA, BOOK REVIEWS, VINTAGE MAGAZINES & MORE / Articles on Music, Poetry and Life

Narrated in his dental treatment sessions to few close disciples, the mystic master OSHO talks about a unique compilation of more than 160 must read books which influenced him a lot in his early years. And the list includes a wide range of writings based on eastern & western mystics, philosophers, renowned names in world literature and even sacred religious scriptures followed in various parts of the world.
But the interesting point to be noted is that in the long list of more than 160 names, OSHO mentions only one Hindi Novel alone and that is NADI KE DWEEP written by a highly respected name in Indian literature, Sachchidanand Hiranand Vatasyayan, also known as AGYEYE. OSHO beautiufully describes the experiene of reading the book in the following words which says a lot about its worth reading content in a quite inviting manner,
“This book is a Hindi novel which has not yet been translated into English. Strange to be mentioned by a man like me, but it is worth mentioning. The Hindi title is NADI KE DWEEP, which may be translated as ISLANDS OF A RIVER, and it was written by Sachchidanand Vatsayayan. This novel is for those who want to meditate; it is a meditator’s novel. No other novel, neither by Tolstoy nor Chekhov, can be compared to it. It is unfortunate that it is written in Hindi (and yet not translated).
Just wait………..! It is so beautiful that I want to enjoy rather than say anything. To talk at this height is so difficult. No interruptions please...!”
The description above should be exciting enough for any lover of world literature, irrespective of the fact that whether he or she is the master’s disciple or not. So with a deep urge to read it at the earliest I too started searching for the novel as soon as I got the information and found it from the Hindi Book Center at Asaf Ali Road (Delhi), in the 5th volume of “AGYEYE Rachnavali” published by Bhartiye Gyanpeeth. (Its not available as an individual book too)
After reading it I thoroughly understood why the mystic master said that it was for those who want to meditate; it is a meditator’s novel…………, since it did make me travel into a completely different world of emotions beginning from attraction, infatuation & lust transforming into love, care and divine respect for the existence of your beloved, living his or her life with another one…….. and not you! 
Dealing with the thought structure of its three main characters namely Bhuvan, Rekha and Gaura, NADI KE DWEEP beautifully describes that the most treasured lesson of life (in reality) lies in the “incompletion of inner desires” and not “in their fulfillment”.  
It tries to explain that a “Judai or Separation” can teach you life in a much deeper manner than “Vasl or Togetherness”
Its author Agyeye, reaches the divine height of human expressions when once Bhuvan stops and says these few words, just before that most awaited moment with his beloved’s body in his arms….that,
“Lets dont do it..........Lets keep the beauty of the untouched as it is and don’t spoil it”.
The book tries to convey the value of a life lived in deep love despite being separated from the beloved and that is the reason it has been titled NADI KE DWEEP, denoting the islands of a river, which keep staring at each other from a distance but never meet, maintaining the beauty of the divine void in between……… intact.
A highly philosophical, slow paced novel written in the early 50s, mostly in the forms of personal letters travelling between its key characters………, the present net-age mindset might not be able to feel the essence of that gone era when there were no means of communication available other than the postal letters. But still if you can spare just a few days, devoting them to this spiritual love saga called NADI KE DWEEP, then do try to read it as a must (assuming those tough decades of the past), as it may add a lot towards the way you would probably think, feel and love in the remaining days of your blessed personal lives.
With thanks to the mystic master for introducing this valuable work in His book.

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12 Jun 2014 / Comments ( 12 )
keyu shah

Can u give the link where osho talks about other 159 books he loved...and thanks for sharing this rare masterpice

Bobby Sing

The pleasure is all mine Keyu Shah and for the list more than 160 books, you will have to read the complete book by OSHO titled "BOOKS I HAVE LOVED".

And it can be downloaded at the following link in PDF format.


amit joshi

The most treasured lesson of life (in reality) lies in the “incompletion of inner desires” and not “in their fulfillment”.

I think this is the essence of life.

Bobby Sing

Glad that you could get to the essence of it as desired.

Ashwini Singh

Can you please provide me the right link to download "Nadi Ke Dweep"? These days I\'m in a town and couldn\'t find this gem in any store and I can\'t wait anymore to read it.

Bobby Sing

Hi Ashwini Singh,
I actually don't have any info about PDF availability. But can surely share some links from where you can buy the book.
Here are a few :




Keep Visiting and Writing in,

Bhanu Bansal
I read this novel about 50 years back after reading \"Sheikher-Ek Jivni\' as I wanted to read more from the author of Sheikher. I read it many times at that time but could not buy. When I could buy, it became out of print and also could not find online. Only six days back I found this excellent link:http://www.hindisamay.com/contentDetail.aspx?id=1641&pageno=7#top and I read it again.

Though I appreciate bobbysing loudly for his excellent words about the masterpiece, equally loudly I denounce his use of word \"Vasl\". It does not mean \'togetherness\' but an act of sexual coupling born out of lust generated by physical features of your beloved and has nothing to do with the intellect or spirituality of the two. I could not find an iota of lust or infatuation anywhere least in all three, Bhuvan, Rekha and Gaura- (I shall continue on a further day when I could as it may take quite a time, meanwhile I do not want Ashwini Singh to wait anymore, so for the time being submitting incomplete)
Bobby Sing

Dear Bhanu Bansal,
With a big thanks for your kind appreciation I would humbly like to correct you here about the meaning of the word 'Vasl'.

The word doesn't mean or straight away refer to any sexual intercourse as you have derived, may be due to terms as 'Shab-e-Vasl' or 'Vasl Ki Raat" in mind read in various poetic expressions and ghazals.

The word literally means 'a meeting', 'a union', 'a connection' and doesn't refer to an act of sex between two persons as singularly expressed in your comment. Yes it can be used in that sense while writing some poetic phrases by a poet, BUT it is not directly considered or taken as that at all.

However even if one considers it as a sexual union, then also the term SEX does not always mean only lust, without any touch of spirituality or spiritual ecstasy at all. As a matter of fact the entire spirituality in this world begins once a person is able to understand, live and surpass the act of sex in complete awareness instead of indulging in it repetitively just like animals. 

So in the end, would politely like to submit once again that the term 'VASL' is a very subtle and beautiful word and it doesn't just mean any 'Sexual Act' at all................


S S Sharma
Delighted to see Nadi Ke Dweep in the list of 160 books that Osho loved. I read Nadi Ke Dweep some 40-50 years ago and it left very deep impression on me for ever. This is the most fascinating book I had read again and again. I also visited Naukuchchiatal where both Rekha and Bhuvan realised their love for each other.
Bobby Sing
Dear S S Sharma, Really glad to read your comment here about your personal experience reading the book. Thanks a lot for visiting and writing in. HIS BLESSINGS
Saurabh Singh

Bobby, This is one of my favorite books. When I read this book, I realized that Hindi literature is rich with so many beautiful gems. And we look up to the western literature. I still wonder why any filmmaker hasn't paid his attention to this creation and made a beautiful movie. I think it's the masterpiece of Agyeya. Thanks for writing such beautiful review over this book.

Bobby Sing

Thanks Saurabh for visiting and writing in.
Loved to know that you liked the book too but as per filming of it is concerned, it would not have resulted in a great film made by anyone as I strongly feel.
And thats because some books are more effective in the book form only and not otherwise. While converting it into a film, many things get lost and that exactly would have been the case with this too.


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