Author: Gopinath Mohanty
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172018800
This volume is a superb collection of thirteen short stories which reflect author's great love for the tribals, his deep sensitivity to their struggle for existence, and the impact of new waves of political transformation sweeping rural India.
Mohanty's language has all along been the spoken language. Using the special idiom of the common folks, the stories capture the human moods and movements, sometimes unpredictable, sometimes poetic, but they bring out the grim reality of the battle-scarred middle class with unusual refinement.
It is not easy to capture the charm of the original language in translation. But Sitakant Mahapatra, the poet-translator has brought out this charm and strength in ample measure.