Eleven-year-old Neela dreams of being a famous musician, performing for admiring crowds on her traditional Indian stringed instrument. Her particular instrument used to be her grandmother’s—made of warm, rich wood, and intricately carved with a mysterious-looking dragon.
With poetic propose, Monika Schröder tells the story of people and fields in Rajasthan, India suffering from drought and the resulting impact on the academic aspirations of twelve-year-old Akash. The family’s crop will be too small to feed them all or pay off their debts to the landlord.
Set in British India, in the city of Bombay (now Mumbai), with the panics and anxieties of the Second World War as its backdrop, this novel unfolds over the duration of a year beginning in August 1941 with the celebrations of Lord Krishna’s birth. Vidya, whose name means knowledge, is a young fifteen–year-old girl who lives with her parents and brother Kitta in Mahim, Bombay.
New Delhi, September 14, 2011: The Longlist of 16 titles for the 2012 edition of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was announced today. The longlisted books, which represent the best works of fiction pertaining to the South Asian ...
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Coming from a conservative South-Indian family in suburban Bombay, my biggest fear as a teen was to be 'trapped' in an arranged marriage. ... She has written for various publications including The Times of India, The Independent and Asian Age.
Karma, a novel written in verse, oscillates between scenes in Elsinore, Canada, and several cities in northern India. The tumultuous rioting and religious clashes between the Hindus and the Sikhs that erupted in late 1984 at the assassination of India’s Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, by her Sikh bodyguards form the backdrop to the novel. Maya, the protagonist, is a cultural straddler — she is of Indian origin but Canadian by birth. The novel is her coming of age story and traces her struggles to understand the motives of her parents; the crazed passions, beliefs, and violence of people of her heritage; and the confused longings of teenage romance.
Pretty as a peacock, twelve-year-old Leela had been spoiled all her life. She doesn’t care for school and barely marks the growing unrest between the British colonists and her own countrymen. Why should she? Her future has been planned since her engagement at two and marriage at nine.
This book takes place in the 1970’s during Indira Gandhi’s regime. Asha’s father is unable to find an engineering position in India and moves to the United States to look for employment and eventually to send for his family. Asha, her older sister Reet, and mother move in with their father’s family. At this same time Asha becomes a woman and is expected to stop playing tennis and cricket, grow her hair long, and wear a sari. This transition from childhood to woman is difficult because she has grown up with a lot of freedom.
Some of the best books this year were soul-searching. Others were hilarious. Still others drew on history. So how did all of these books end up on the same list, you ask? Why, they were all works of fiction.
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Contemporary Indian popular fiction that narrates desi cosmopolitan stories has been mirroring the changing man-woman relationship in a more open and accepting urban India, a leading literary ...