Till March, Navnath Gore was a lecturer in a college in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, yet the COVID-19-instigated lockdown removed his agreement job and decreased him to a farm worker.

Gore (32), an occupant of Nigdi, a little town in Jat tehsil of Sangli locale, gotten the Sahitya Akademi’s Yuva Puraskar for youthful writers in 2018, however that is not really a relief for a man who has run into some bad luck because of the outbreak of Covid.

Dealing with the truth of losing employment, a circumstance looked by millions around the world, he chose to fill in as a farm worker in his home district to help his family.

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

The book got published in 2017 and he won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar the following year.

“After I won the award, I received an offer from a college in Ahmednagar district where I started working as a lecturer on a clock hour basis and used to get Rs 10,000 per month.

“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,” said Gore.

After the death of his dad, Gore returned home in February, yet couldn’t return to his teaching job as the lockdown was forced in March-end to control the COVID-19 spread.

“I came back to my village in February.

“Since my job was contractual, the income from the college also 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 significant distances in the region for work, said he wins around Rs 400 on the off chance that he works entire day.

Gore reviewed his student days in Kolhapur, where, while seeking after his post-graduation, he used to function as a security guard at an ATM place to help his family.

‘Fesati’ is a story of an adolescent, who despite seemingly insurmountable opposition, finishes his education.

The book additionally portrays the situation 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 said.

In the interim, moved by Gore’s situation, Maharashtra minister Vishwajeet Kadam, who likewise manages Bharti Vidyapeeth, said he has extended to an employment opportunity to him with the Pune-based group of educational institutes.

The minister said he addressed Gore and furthermore guaranteed the author that a helpful environment would be given to empower his literary ability.

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