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Hats and Doctors
Hats and Doctors

Hats and Doctors

by Upendranath Ashk

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

9780143417187 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 220

Binding

Paperback

Upendranath Ashk

Author: Upendranath Ashk
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Daisy Rockwell
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 220
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143417187

Description

Hats and Doctors offer English readers the opportunity to savor, for the first time, the work of Upendranath Ashk, one of Hindi literature’s best-known and most controversial authors. The stories in this collection often display a wry sense of humor, such as ‘The Dal Eaters’ in which a family of cheapskates journeys to Kashmir.

While Ashk’s satirical eye is employed to great effect in ‘The Cartoon Hero’, where a hapless traveler encounters a petty politician on a train, his talent for capturing human frailties is amply evident in ‘Furlough’ and ‘In the Insane Asylum’—two thought-provoking stories that later became part of his novel Girti Divarein.

And finally, stories such as ‘Mr Ghatpande’ and ‘Hats and Doctors’ give the reader a glimpse of some of Ashk’s primary personal preoccupations: his health and his hats. Exhibiting a lightness of touch and a deep engagement with the human condition, these stories come alive in Daisy Rockwell’s delightful translation


About The Translator

Daisy Rockwell is an artist and writer living in northern New England. She paints under the takhallus, or alias, Lapata (Urdu for ‘missing’), and has shown her artwork widely.
Rockwell holds a PhD in Hindi literature and has taught Hindi–Urdu and South Asian literature at a number of US universities. Apart from her essays on literature and art, she has written Upendranath Ashk: A Critical Biography and The Little Book of Terror, a new book of paintings and essays on the global war on terror. She is currently working on a translation of Ashk’s 1947 novel Girti Divarein.

Contents

Contents

Introduction

Who Can Trust A Man?

Brown Sahibs

Hats and Doctors

The Ambassador

The Bed

The Dal Eaters

The Cartoon Hero

Mr Ghatpande

Formalities

Some Suds and a Smile

The Aubergine Plant

Furlough

In the Insane Asylum

A Listless Evening

My First Letter of Resignation

Dying and Dying

Sources

Acknowledgements

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