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Sarasvatichandra Part II: Gunasundari's Household

 
Govardhanram Madhavram Tripathi (Author) Tridip Suhrud (Translator)
Synopsis

An epic novel written in four parts from 1887 to 1901, Sarasvatichandra is both the enactment and embodiment of the life philosophy of one man, and his sole mission.

Part II, Gunasundari’s Household, details the complex dynamics of a Hindu joint family. Minister of Ratnanagari, Vidya Chatura and Gunasundari were married as children. Intelligent and eager, a young Gunasundari is educated by her husband to share his pleasures of literature, poetry, philosophy. But this blissful aesthetic conjugality is disrupted when his relatives come to live with them. She must suddenly manage a household of fourteen individuals, each with different needs and idiosyncracies. Govardhanram’s acute, often delightfully wry observations on human nature, the household dynamics, his sharp characterisation and descriptions of a pregnant Gunasundari struggling to keep the family ‘joint’ and content are perceptive and thought-provoking.

The novel holds up a fascinating mirror to Gujarati society, the joint family, particularly the role of women, and life in the princely states against the backdrop of India, pre-Independence, in transition at the turn of the nineteenth century-culturally, politically and ideologically. Before Gandhi, arguably no other work has so profoundly influenced the ethos and imagination of Gujarat as Sarasvatichandra. Parts III and IV, also translated by Tridip Suhrud, an acknowledged scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Gujarat, are forthcoming.

Contents: Preface.1. On the outskirts of Manoharpuri. 2. The outlaws. 3. The injured man. 4. Gunasundari. 5. Gunasundari (continued). 6. A night in Manoharpuri. 7. Forest, dark night and Sarasvatichandra. 8. Kumud sundari leaves suvarnapur. 9. Preparations for the morning. 10. An encounter with the outlaws. 11. Smouldering embers.

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About the author

Tridip Suhrud

Tridip Suhrud has translated the works of Ashis Nandy, Ganesh Devy and Paulo Freire into Gujarati and has translated novelist Suresh Joshi into English.  He is at present translating into English a four-part biography of Gandhiji, Maru Jivan ej Mari Vani, written by Narayan Desai, to be published by Orient Longman a My Life is My Message.  He is the author of Writing Life: Three Gujarati Thinkers (forthcoming, Orient Longman).  He teaches at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, Ahmedabad, and is visiting faculty at Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. 

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Bibliographic information

Title Sarasvatichandra Part II: Gunasundari's Household
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.04.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788125061588
length 256p.,