Author: Dhruv Bhatt
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126011580
This novel has at its center the quest for a fine balance between a traditional, non-scientific, faith-driven society and a cynical, profit-driven economy. Imparting sensitivity to the leading characters, it is a gripping story.
Originally published in Gujarati in 1993 as “Samudrantike”, Oceanside Blues is a fictional work by Dhruv Bhatt, in the form of memoirs of a young civil engineer deputed to survey an arid coastal part of Saurashtra. The novel has at its center the quest for a fine balance between a traditional, non-scientific, faith-driven society and a cynical, profit-driven economy. Weaving together the characters, real and imaginary, events and legends from the folklore of the region, Dhruv Bhatt has imparted his own sensitivity to the leading characters and at the same time narrated a gripping story.
VINOD MEGHANI is a translator in English and Gujarati. His translations include Earthen Lamps, the English translation of Jhaverchand Meghani’s Mansaiva Diva and Salagatan Surajmukhi, Gujarati translation of Irving Stone’s A Lust for Life.