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Manoj Das - A Reader

by Manoj Das

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Language

English

Publisher

Sahitya Akademi

ISBN

9788126042463 - Year: 2014 - Pages: 792

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Hardcover

Manoj Das
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Author: Manoj Das
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): P Raja
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 792
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126042463

Description

This anthology of short stories, essays, vignettes from columns in newspapers and selection from the novel of Manoj Das, is a significant projection of the creativity of one of contemporary India’s forest writers.

Discerning critics like Dr K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar and Prof. H.P. Shukla have hailed his fiction as the most authentic representation of India’s psyche, while we find vibrant glimpses of the subcontinent in translation in his short stories and novels, we also feel in them the elements and inspirations that go to render a work timeless and a classic creation.


Born in 1934 in a small village in the eastern coast of Orissa, Manoj Das grew up in a uniquely charming environment marked by palm-grove-studded green meadows with lotus-filled lakes between his house and the ocean. At the same time, he had the harrowing experience as a small boy of having to witness his region struck by a terrible cyclone and the consequent famine and his affluent house being plundered by gangs of merciless dacoits not once but twice.

Manoj Das grew up to be a youth leader with radical views, suffering a term behind bars and taking a leading role in the Afro-Asian Student’s Conference at Bandung in 1956. But all through this tumultuous phase of his life, he continued his creative writing and his quest for the meaning of life.

The numerous accolades he has received include the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Saraswati Samman, the Padma Award and D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from five Universities.. He has been chosen as the Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi, an honor ‘reserved for immortals in literature’. Manoj Das is attached to Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Puducherry.

Contents

Contents

SECTION ONE:
Chronology
Manoj Das: An Introduction

SECTION TWO: SHORT STORIES
1. The Bridge in the Moonlit Night
2. The Tree
3. The Crocodile’s Lady
4. Friends and Strangers
5. The Submerged Valley
6. Farewell to a Ghost
7. Bhola Grandpa and the Tiger
8. The General
9. The Brothers
10. The Different Man
11. The Miracle
12. Creatures of Conscience
13. The Vengeance
14. The Old Man and the Camel
15. The Bull of Babulpur
16. A Tale of the Northern Valley
17. The Lady who Died one and a Half Times
18. The Final Night
19. A Turtle from the Blue
20. The Princess and the Story-Teller
21. Old Folks of the Northern Hills
22. Sharma and the Wonderful Lump
23. Statue-Breakers are Coming!
24. The Night the Tiger Came
25. Story of a Strange Last Journey
26. He who Rode the Tiger
27. Mystery of the Missing Cap


SECTION THREE: EXTRACTS FROM NOVELS
1. Cyclones
2. The Escapist
3. A Tiger at Twilight

SECTION FOUR: ESSAYS AND COMMENTS
1. Education for a Faith in the Future
2. Sri Aurobindo: The Vision Sublime
3. The Management of Power: Ascent of the Self
4. The Lost World of Ancient Raconteurs
5. A Century’s Salutations to Swadeshi and Swaraj
6. A Night to Remember
7. All Statues have Feet of Clay
8. Darkness: Made in India
9. ‘English as She is Spoke’
10. Is this Anger Mine?
11. The Fading Taj
12. The Unclaimed Hostage
13. What about the Royalties of Valmiki and Vyasa?
14. Pleasing the Planets
15. The poetry of History
16. Passages on India
17. Sarala Das
18. The Cult and the Occult
19. The Measure of Murasaki
20. A Courier of the World Beyond
21. Irresistible Identity
22. Love and Death
23. The Indian Children’s Writer at Crossroads
24. Undoing the Mischief of the Demi-gods
25. The Spell of the Mahabharata
26. Forging an Asian Identity
27. Jubilation of the Bald Parrot


SECTION FIVE: REMINISCENCES

1. Chapters from Chasing the Rainbow
2. Chapter from MY Little India

SECTION SIX:
Interviews
Bibliography

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