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Release of “Atlas Shrugged” in Marathi

Posted by Jerry on February 17, 2011

Professor Mugdha Karnik from the University of Mumbai had undertaken the monumental task of translating Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged into Marathi — the regional language of the state of Maharashtra–one of the most populous states in the country.

I have personally heard Prof. Karnik read an excerpt from her translation during one of the Atlas Sunday Club Philosophy Salon’s I organize in Mumbai. She read the passage in which Hank Rearden is holding the dying young wet nurse in his arms. It is a stirring scene in the original novel–and listening to Prof. Karnik read it out in Marathi was equally moving.

I remember telling her at that time that I believe she did not just translate the language of Atlas Shrugged but also managed to translate the spirit of the novel.

Anyway, all of this is in preamble to the reason for this post. The new Marathi version of Atlas Shrugged is being released officially in the city. The following are details. All who are in Mumbai or can travel to the city are urged to attend:


Saturday, Feb 26, 2011


7 pm to 8.30 pm


Shivaji Mandir
Dadar, Mumbai

Veena Gavankar and Sharad Joshi
Dhananjay Karnik will introduce Sharad Joshi


Jyoti Ambekar

For more details and information about the book, you can reach out to Professor Karnik at the following address:

Mugdha D. Karnik,
Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, University of Mumbai,
Vidyanagari, Kalina, Santacruz (E),
Mumbai 400098

Tel: 022-65952761/65296962


5 Responses to “Release of “Atlas Shrugged” in Marathi”

  1. Are you really really sure of that???????
    I am excited…I dont read Marathi a lot, but still having one of my all time best novels, in my mother tongue is exciting…

  2. Okay, that was a comment I made out of sheer excitement! But I would like to know where and how I can buy that book ( for my mom).
    Thanks for that news…wonderful!

  3. Jerry said

    Hello Pranjalkoranne,

    You can contact Prof. Mugdha Karnik, whose details are mentioned in the post above, to get yourself a copy of the book. And why not also gift some more copies to your other friends or relatives who may enjoy a great novel in their mother tongue.

  4. I will buy more than one copy, mostly, but I need to know if there is any store that can supply this – I am from Pune

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