Author: Mridula Garg
Translator(s): Manisha Chaudhry
Publisher: Kali/Women Unlimited
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186706623
Hailed as a work of extraordinary power and vigor when it was originally published in Hindi as 'Kathgulab', this novel now available in English for the first time is unrelenting in its probing, astringent in its delineation of women trying to break free. Unusual and gripping.
Four women. One man. Five stories that interweave, overlap, cross over and come together as the characters speak other lives to the reader - and to each other. Five characters in search of themselves in different contexts, from different backgrounds, trying to connect across a chasm of loneliness and disappointment.
Mridula Garg's original Hindi novel, 'Kathgulab', seethes with disquiet. No permanent solution, no abiding relationship, just the seeking self.