Middle India : Selected Short Stories

Middle India : Selected Short Stories

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Author: Bhisham Sahni
Translator: Gillian Wright
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 244
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143027964

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A new translation of stories by one of the best modern Hindi writers.

In this collection of seventeen short stories, Bhisham Sahni examines middle India—the lower middle class—not rich or famous or famous or educated in convent schools, not cosmopolitan but urban or semi-urban. In these tightly told tales, he explores with precision of thought and expression the humanity of individuals and their places in society.

The collection includes some of Sahni's best known stories : 'Dinner for the Boss', a tragi-comic tale of a man trying to please his employer and a mother's attempt to please her son; 'Paali', the drama of a young boy shared between a Muslim and a Hindu family during Partition and 'Sparrow', a story of love and loss in a marriage. Among the other stories in this anthology are popular favorites like 'Veero', 'The Witch', 'Before Dying', 'Radha-Anuradha' and 'Salma Aapa'.

TRANSLATOR:

GILLIAN WRIGHT is a journalist and author living in New Delhi. She studied both Hindi and Urdu at London University and has translated two modern classics of Hindi literature, Shrilal Shukla's 'Raag Darbari' and Rahi Masoom Reza's 'Adha Gaon' published in English under the title 'The Feuding Families of Village Gangauli'. Her other books include 'An Introduction to the Hill Stations of India', 'Sri Lanka' and 'Birds of the Indian subcontinent'. She has collaborated with Mark Tully on all his books, including 'No Full Stops in India' and 'Heart of India'.

Contents

Introduction
Dinner for the Boss
Nandlal’s Leela
Mother or Stepmother
Salma Aapa
Aham Brahmasmi
Paali
Genesis
Toys
The Witch
Seminar
The Sparrow
Before Dying
Straying
Wang Chu
Radha-Anuradha
The Wondrous Bone
Veero