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My Temples, Too

Qurratulain Hyder (Author)

Partition, Independence, democracy—near simultaneous events that changed India irrevocably. My Temples, Too—Qurratulain Hyder’s transcreation of her masterly early novel Mere Bhi Sanamkhane—examines the promise and disillusionment that came with the birth of two new nations, through the lives and deaths of the young citizens of the fabled city of Lucknow. Set in the 1940s, it tells the story of Rakshanda and her brother Peechu—children of privilege—and their friends Kiran, Vimal, Salim, Christabel. They are the ‘Gang’ of Lucknow; idealistic, nationalistic, liberal and rational. They meet in coffee houses, run a progressive magazine, fall in love, and dream of building a brave new world. But with the turbulence of Partition and Independence, the quiet rhythm of their lives is brutally disrupted. New animosities replace old loyalties, and the merry ‘Gang’ is torn apart as the old order begins to fragment.

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About the author

Qurratulain Hyder

Qurratulain Hyder is a leading writer of Urdu fictiin in India. Her books of Urdu been translated into all Indian language, and she was awarded the Bharatiya Jhanpith, India's highest literary award, in 1989. She has been a Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi, and is widly acclaimed for pioneering novelties of technique in Urdu fiction. She has travelled widely, and has worked as a journalist and boradcaster, her novel. Aag Ka Darya (Published in 1959, and transcreated by the author in English as The Fiver of Fire) has achieved epic status in fiction about the subcontinent.

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Title My Temples, Too
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Speaking Tiger
Language: English
isbn 9788188965137
length 192p.