Author: Kanhu Charan Mohanty
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Bijay Kumar Nanda
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123761558
The Storm, English translation of the celebrated Oriya novel Jhanjha (first published in 1949), is a perfect blend of psychological drama and social realism with both impinging upon each other and creating a tension in the narrative.
Kshanaprava, the female protagonist around whom the story revolves, is a symbol of emancipation as well as a victim of male chauvinism and through a very subtle, complex and various narrative devices like monologues, descriptions, playing out of psychological dilemmas, the novelist is able to lay bare not so sublime intentions of her two suitors, her blind husband Tusharkanti and her ex-lover, Dushmanta, who are themselves fine studies in human psychology. But the novel is more than the unique triangular relationship of the three main characters; it also brings into sharp focus the hypocrisy and the condescending attitude with which public service and the plight of the poor and marginalized is undertaken by some.