Author: Uday Prakash
Publisher: Vani Prakashan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170557542
Uday Prakash, one of India’s most original and audacious writers in Hindi, explores the relationship between politics and power and its effect on ordinary people in this vivid, unconventional novel.
Rahul, a student of anthropology in a small university town in Madhya Pradesh, falls in love with Anjali, the girl with the golden parasol. In an effort to be closer to her he transfers to the Hindi department but gets caught in a growing nexus of power and casteism that is taking over the university. Can Rahul and Anjali’s love survive the violence that surrounds them? Or will society gain victory, thus reinforcing its order?
This excellent translation by Jason Grunebaum retains the novel’s controversial tone and remains true to the original.