Author: Shree GhatagePublisher: HarperCollinsYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 163ISBN/UPC (if available): 0887846025
A wonderful, first collection, quietly confident, that forcefully and often powerfully lays bare the hidden truths, the small joys, and large pains of ordinary life, without resorting to any exotic bag of ticks. It is the mid-seventies, and Shaila has returned to Bombay for her father's sixtieth birthday party. In the linked stories that follow, Shree Ghatage renders an India that can only be revealed by first leaving and then returning. In this highly accomplished first collection, a whole rich world opens up as Ghatage lovingly articulates the minutiae of daily life in urban India in this lively, humorous, poignant collection.COMMENT: A charmingly original voice; a fantastically successful collection. Awake When All the World is Asleep is a gem.