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Author: Rakshanda Jalil
Publisher: Women Unlimited
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788188965861
Despite a brief and slender literary career, Rashid Jahan blazed like a meteor in the progressive firmament of pre-and post-Independence India. Doctor, writer, political activist, crusading member of the Communist Party of India, Rashid Jahan was radical in a way that defied all expectations -- from her social class, her comrades, her peers and colleagues.
In a remarkably perceptive, richly detailed account of this pioneering woman, Rakhshanda Jalil offers readers an unusual document: a warm and informed biography -- based on archival material, extensive interviews and critical commentaries -- together with fine translations of Rashid Jahan's best known stories and plays.
Through a subtle counterpointing of Rashid Jahan's political purpose with her literary and professional skills and sensibility, Jalil paints an arresting portrait of a woman deeply and passionately engaged with the great debates of her time: fascism, imperialism, nationalism, socialism and feminism. This intense engagement is reflected in every facet of her life and literature, as they unfold here in vivid and compelling prose.
Part I: Life & Time
Rashida; Her Father’s Daughter
Rashid Jahan ‘Angareywali’
Comrade Rashid Jahan
Writer and Dramatist
Part II: Stories & Plays
That One (Wob)
A Tour of Delhi (Dilli Ki Sair)
A Daughter-in Law For Asif Jahan (Asif Jahan Ki Bahu)
One of My Journeys (Mera ek Safar)
Man and Woman (Mard Aur Aurat)
Chhidda’s Mother (Chhidda Ki Ma)
Bad Company (Ghalat Sohbat)
Behind the Veil (a one –act play, Parde ke Peeche)
Woman (a one-act play, Aurat)
Published Stories & Plays