Acclaimed Marathi author Veena Gavankar’s Ek Hota Carver is the evocative biography of the African-American visionary, scientist, inventor, educator and botanist, George Washington Carver.
Summary Of The Book
Published more than 30 years ago, Veena Gavankar’s biography of African-American scientist and agriculturist George Washington Carver, has remained one of the bestsellers in Marathi literature even today.
A gripping story about a man and his determination to succeed amidst hardship and hurdles, the book not only captures the essence of perseverance, but also beautifully portrays how the desire and a thirst for knowledge indeed, does lead to greatness.
Dubbed by the Times magazine in 1941 as the “Black Leonardo”, Carver’s contributions to the fields of botany and agriculture are immense. His courage and conviction, to get an education in spite of growing up in a society ridden with prejudice and reeking with the aftermath of the apartheid, is astutely covered by the author.
Short, simple and neatly written, Gavankar has touched every aspect of the life and struggles of Carver, his achievements and his many talents. Known as the Peanut Man in America and all around the world today, Carver is said to be the man behind the development of the quintessential American spread, the peanut butter. His message - about persevering in the face of adversity and making something out of whatever one has in life - is simply but clearly depicted, and this biography has served as an inspiration to hundreds of Indians all over the country.
Ek Hota Carver, which began as a result of a mother’s search for bedtime stories for her children, has been on the best-selling Marathi literature for over 30 years, from the time it was first published. Soon to be available as an audiobook, Ek Hota Carver has also had the distinction of being run into 34 editions.
About Veena Gavankar
Former librarian and an avid reader, Veena Gavankar wrote Ek Hota Carver, her debut novel and biography of American agriculturist George Washington Carver in the year 1979.
She soon followed up with numerous other books, including Dr.Khankohje, Rozelind Franklin and Lise Mitner. Other books include Bhagirathe Varas, Dr.Ida Skadder and Sarptadnya Dr. Remond Ditmars.
Known for her simplistic, clear and precise writing style, Veena Gavankar’s numerous biographies have been inspirations for readers world over.