PUNE: Till March, Navnath Gore was a
lecturer in a school in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, however the COVID-19-induced lockdown took away his contract job and diminished him to a farm labourer.

Gore (32), a resident of Nigdi, a small village in Jat tehsil of Sangli district, obtained the Sahitya Akademi’s Yuva Puraskar for younger writers in 2018, however that’s hardly a comfort for a person who has fallen on exhausting instances due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Coming to phrases with the fact of dropping job, a scenario confronted by tens of millions worldwide, he determined to work as a farm labourer in his house district to support his family.

A post-graduate in Marathi from the Shivaji University in Kolhapur district, Gore began writing his maiden novel ‘Fesati’ throughout his post-graduation days.

The ebook acquired printed in 2017 and he received the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar the subsequent yr.

“After I received the award, I obtained a suggestion from a school in Ahmednagar district the place I began working as a
lecturer on a clock hour foundation and used to get Rs 10,000 per 30 days.

“In February this year, my father passed away and the responsibility of my mother and a 50-year-old brother, who is physically challenged, came on my shoulders,” mentioned Gore.

After the demise of his father, Gore went house in February, however couldn’t return to his instructing job because the lockdown was imposed in March-end to curb the COVID-19 unfold.

“I got here again to my village in February. Since my job was contractual, the revenue from the school additionally stopped.

“With no income, it was difficult for us to make the ends meet. I then started taking up odd-jobs and also started working as a farm labourer in the region,” he added.

Gore, who travels lengthy distances within the area for work, mentioned he earns round Rs 400 if he works full day.

Gore recalled his pupil days in Kolhapur, the place, whereas pursuing his post-graduation, he used to work as a safety guard at an ATM centre to support his family.

‘Fesati’ is a narrative of a youth, who towards all odds, completes his schooling. The ebook additionally depicts the plight of farmers.

“I had completed the first draft of the novel in 2014. I drew of personal experience, from the time I still lived in my village. It took me almost 18 months to complete the draft. I am happy that the novel got a good response,” Gore mentioned.

Meanwhile, moved by Gore’s plight, Maharashtra minister Vishwajeet Kadam, who additionally manages Bharti Vidyapeeth, mentioned he has supplied a job to him with the Pune-based group of instructional institutes.

The minister mentioned he spoke to Gore and likewise assured the writer {that a} conducive ambiance could be offered to encourage his literary expertise.