The powerless must have a dream or two,dreams that break walls,dreams that go through walls as if they are powerless.
The curtain open on four figures,two men and two women.There is the sultan,who wants a virgin every night;there is his brother,who makes an enemy of darkness and tries to banish it;and there are their ambitious brides,the sisters Shahrzad and Dunyazad,aspiring to be heroines-or martyrs.Travelling in and out of these lives to spellbinding effect is a range of stories,dark,poetic and witty in turn,spanning medieval to contemporary times.
With its sharp and lively blend of past and present,its skillful reworking of the historical tradition,and its evocative language,When Dreams Travel has all the significance of modern myth.
A magical tour de force by a writer at the height of her powers.
Thirty-year-old successful interior designer Ramona falls in love with the suave Amit while on a holiday in the US. After their whirlwind romance and a hurried engagement, Ramona calls the whole thing off just days before the wedding, shocking her orthodox parents. Misha is a painter by profession and her lively face never betrays that she?s living in an abusive relationship. When things go out of hand, she confides in her good friend Ramona, who finds herself getting drawn towards Misha. They become quite close through the last stages of Misha?s marriage and Ramona develops a strong fondness for Misha?s twelve-year-old daughter Aastha. One scared and the other scarred by the rough tides of marriage, the two women discover each other anew and foster a bond to last a lifetime.
Nectar in a Sieve
Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
Named Notable Book of 1955 by the American Library Association, this is the very moving story of a peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life was a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loved.
And where, My Friend, Lay you Hiding?
And where, My Friend, Lay you Hiding? by Ananda Mukerji
A chance encounter on train sparks an uunlikely friendship between Shonjoy and Anjani Prasad. While Shonjoy is the english speaking son of a cultured and well-to-do Bengali family of Allahabad , Anjan is a small-towner from unfashionable Mirpur, whose manner betrays his simple breeding. But they both share an intersts in books, and, like all intellectuals in Allahabad in the 1950s, become enthusiastic habitutes of the famed Indian Coffee House-sanctuary for writers and pretenders- where they try to best each others writing efforts.
Then Sahonjoy cops out.Lured by the promises of big city, he moves to Calcutta and the world of advertising, whilst Anjan, resolute in his wish to be a writer in the trutest sense....