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Anita Desai


Books by Anita Desai
In Custody by Anita DesaiIn Custody by Anita Desai
In Custody is woven around the yearnings and calamities of a small town scholar in the north of India. An impoverished college lecturer, Deven, sees a way to escape from the meanness of his daily life Read More...
Pages: 225

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Collected Stories by Anita DesaiCollected Stories by Anita Desai
Buried resentments, unexpected disappointments, new friendships, small acts of cruelty, journeys that take you back to where you started. With trademark compassion and tender irony, Anita Desai's short Read More...
Pages: 344

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Clear Light Of Day by Anita DesaiClear Light Of Day by Anita Desai
Set in India's Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai's tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. Read More...
Pages: 192

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BaumgartnerBaumgartner's Bombay by Anita Desai
A story of profound emotional wounds of war and its exiles. The novel follows Hugo Baumgartner as he flees Nazi Germany -- and his Jewish heritage -- for India, only to be imprisoned as a hostile alien Read More...
Pages: 230

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Brida
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Brida
by Paulo Coelho
This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world; and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch. This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure - it is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller.
Indian Thought: A Miscellany
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Indian Thought: A Miscellany
by R.K. Narayan
The short story of a literary journal... During the tumultuous days of the Second World War the literary magazine, Indian Thought, quietly made its appearance, marking the highlight of R.K. Narayans short stint in journalism.
As it happened, Indian Thought enjoyed an even shorter life: the War, shortage of paper, and problems with a recalcitrant printing press-all made it impossible for the journals fourth issue to see the light of day. And this despite the journals success. R.K. Narayan had envisioned a quarterly that would reflect the best in the new literature of the day-an ambition brilliantly realized-given that, during its fleeting appearance on the literary scene, its contributors included such greats as C. Rajagopalachari, M.N. Srinivas, the visionary Paul Brunton and, of course, the editor himself.
In this book, freelance editor and writer S. Krishnan has ensured, through judicious rearrangement and excision, that the early writing of some of India's finest writers remains as fresh and compelling as when it first appeared in R.K. Narayan's little journal.
A Matter of Time
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A Matter of Time
by Shashi Deshpande
One morning, with no warning, Gopal, respected professor and devoted husband and father, walks out on his family for reasons even he cannot articulate. His wife, Sumi, returns with their three daughters to the shelter of the Big House, where her parents live in oppressive silence: they have not spoken to each other in thirty-five years. As the mystery of this long silence is unraveled, a horrifying story of loss and pain is laid bare--a story that seems to be repeating itself in Sumi's life.

A Matter of Time explores the intricate relationships within an extended family, encompassing three generations. Images from Hindu religion, myth, and local history intertwine delicately with images of contemporary India as the women face and accept the changes that have suddenly become part of their lives. As the women's secrets and strengths are revealed, so are the complications of family and culture, catching each in turn in the cycles of love, loss, and renewal that become essential to her identity.