Bhatkyachi Bhramanti


Bhatkyachi Bhramanti (Journey of a tramp[1]) was a weekly column by Pramod Navalkar using the nom de plume of "Bhatkya" in the Sunday edition of Navshakti that ran for a time-span of 52 years. It was first published on 2 December, 1956.[2][3] The time-span of the column has found a mention in Limca Book of Records.[4]

In the column, Navalkar wrote about criminal gangs, gold smuggling rackets, prostitution dens, barmaids and other societal malices (in his opinion), often using disguises to gain entry into exclusive areas.[5][6][7] Navalkar wrote free of charge.[6] The column exposed shocking aspects of Mumbai's nightlife.[8]

Ashish Rajadhyaksha is quoted in a doctoral thesis describing this column as an example of "territorial realism".[9]


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  2. ^ Chowdhry, N. K. (1995). Assembly Elections, 1994-95: An Analysis and Results. Shipra Publications. ISBN 9788185402734.
  3. ^ Council, Maharashtra (India) Legislature Legislative (1973). Maharashtra Legislative Council Debates (in Marathi). Director, Government Print. and Stationery.
  4. ^ Limca Book of Records. Bisleri Beverages Limited. 2002.
  5. ^ "Pramod Navalkar aims to curb surrogate advertising and soft-porn magazines". Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  6. ^ a b Deshmukh, Smita (2005-12-02). "For Pramod Navalkar, ink still flows". Daily News and Analysis. Mumbai: Diligent Media Corporation Ltd. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Shiv Sena leader Pramod Navalkar passes away | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  8. ^ "रात्रीची मुंबई -Maharashtra Times". Maharashtra Times (in Marathi). 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  9. ^ Vasudevan, Nitya (2014-01-19). "Turning towards the bodily subject: Theorising the field of visibility in contemporary India". Centre for study of culture and society, Manipal University. Retrieved 2017-11-26.