Author: Sara RaiTranslator(s): Sara RaiPublisher: KathaYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 260ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187649410
A unique collection of twenty one short stories by writers who have spent years engaging in their art. The stories in this anthology would hold an element of surprise for the Western reader who might come to them expecting the narrative technique and the fabric of life depicted in the stories to be very different from the West.The short story has been part of the heritage of most cultures in the form of fables and tales and in this sense is one of the oldest genres in the world. It has also been part of the Indian heritage, manifest in the didactic tales of the Panchtantra, the urbane romances of the Kathasarita Sagar and the parables of the Upanishads. The oral tradition of storytelling goes back hundreds of years. However, the modern short story in Hindi largely developed in the twentieth century, when a need was felt not only to link with the past but also to find and invent new forms of reaction to the British colonial presence, as also new ways to express the modern, secular Indian identity it brought into being.
INTRODUCTIONThe Fire by Gajanan Madhav MuktibodhTaking Leave by Zahra RaiThe Steamer by Ram KumarThe City of Death by AmarkantShammonjaan's Freedom by Krishna SobtiMarried Women by Mohan RakeshApprehension by Kunwar NarainThe Guest by Nirmal VermaThe Funeral Procession by Shrikant VermaThe Color Blue by Vijay Chauhan The Acquaintance by Ramnarayan ShuklaThe Homecoming by Usha PriyamvadaThe Crowd by Vinod Kumar ShuklaBa by Jyotsna MilanThe Festival by Mehrunnisa ParvezTraffic Jam by SanjeevPaper Bullets by Abdul BismillahThe Golden Waist Chain by Uday PrakashOur Small World by Sara RaiMarch, Ma and Sakura by Geentajali ShreeThe Purgative by Alka SaraogiNotes on Contributors