Sahitya Akademi award winning lecturer turns farm labourer

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published Published on Sep 26, 2020   modified Modified on Sep 28, 2020

-PTI/ The Telegraph

Navnath Gore, who received the Yuva Puraskar for young writers in 2018, is now working odd jobs to make ends meet after he lost his contract to the lockdown

Pune: Till March, Navnath Gore was a lecturer in a college in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, but the lockdown took away his contract job and reduced him to a farm labourer. Gore, 32, a resident of Nigdi, a village in Sangli district, had received the Sahitya Akademi’s Yuva Puraskar for young writers in 2018, but that is hardly a consolation for a man who has fallen on hard times due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Coming to terms with the reality of losing job, a situation faced by millions worldwide, he decided to work as a farm labourer in his home district to support his family. A postgraduate in Marathi from the Shivaji University in Kolhapur district, Gore started writing his maiden novel Fesati during his postgraduation days.  

The book got published in 2017 and he won the award. “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, a postgraduate in Marathi. With the lockdown, this stopped. He now does odd jobs and works as a farm labourer, earning Rs 400 a day.

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PTI/ The Telegraph, 26 September, 2020,

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