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Small Remedies
by Shashi Deshpande      (Author ALERT)

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ProductID: 6648 - Paperback - 324 Pages (Year: 2000-06-01)
Penguin ~ ISBN: 0140294872

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Now in paper back edition, Shashi Deshpande's latest novel explores the lives of two women, one obsessed with music and the other a passionate believer in Communism, who break away from their families to seek fulfillment in public life.

Savitribai Indorekar, born into an orthodox Hindu family, elopes with her Muslim lover and accompanist, Ghulaam Saab, to pursue a career in music. Gentle, strong-willed Leela, on the other hand, gives her life to the Party, and to working with the factory workers of Bombay.

Fifty years after these events have been set in motion, Madhu, Leela's niece, travels to Bhabvanipur, Savitribai's home in her last years, to write a biography of Bai. Caught in her own despair over the loss of her only son Aditya, Madhu tries to make sense of the lives of Bai and those around her, and in doing so, seeks to find a way out of her own grief.


Small Remedies is a book that should be bought, read and savored. It is as much of a page-turner as a tautly-written thriller. - The Hindustan Times

Small Remedies is a novel of quiet strength. - The Telegraph

With total control over her unwieldy material, Shahi Deshpande weaves a fabric of intricate design in this novel. - The Hindu


SHASHI DESHPANDE is the author of five novels besides Small Remedies, including That Long Silence which won the Sahitya Akademi Award. Her publications include five collections of short stories, four books for children and two short crime novels. Her works have been translated into various European and Indian languages.


 About the Author

Shashi Deshpande was born in Karnataka, daughter of the renowned Kannada writer and Sanskrit scholar, Shriranga. She has degrees in Economics and Law as well as a postgraduate degree in English and a diploma in Journalism. Her writing career began after the birth of her two sons, with a collection of short stories, The Legacy which came out in 1978. Since then four more collections have been published.She is also the author of four children's books and six novels, the best known of which, That Long Silence, received the Sahitya Akademi award. Two of her other novels, The Dark Holds No Terror and Roots and Shadows have also received major awards. Her work has also been translated into a number of Indian and foreign languages.


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