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Two Plays: A Most Unsuitable Girl: A Play on Dowry Deaths and Conquest at Noon: A Historical Fantasy

Rajesh Talwar (Author)
Synopsis A Most Unsuitable Girl, is a tragicomedy play on the prevalent social practice in India on giving dowry upon the marriage of a young woman by her parents and how in certain circumstances the absence (or lack) of dowry might have potentially fatel consequences for the bride. The play, despite having been written in a comic style is more serious and hard hitting compared with other tragic plays written on the subject. The characters in the play take varying positions on the phenomenon of dowry and even on dowry death itself, which reflect perspectives prevalent in mainstream Indian society. In the list of characters there is a judge a prosecutor and a defence lawyer who discuss legal angles, which are not without interest. In addition the play points to the power and sexual jealousy of mother-in-law playing a much ignored but extremely significant role in the carrying out of these unspeakably bestial crimes. Conquest at Noon the second play is a historical fantasy. As is commonly known, India was successfully colonized by the British for three hundred years. In this play, the author creates a historical fantasy in which India was the colonizing power and the British were the subject population.
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About the author

Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar is a lawyer by profession and has also taught law to L.L.B. students at Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia for a period of six years. In 1996 he went to the U.K. on a British Chevening scholarship, from where he did his L.L.M. in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham. He has written extensively on legal and non-legal subjects for various newspapers and magazines, and has authored several books, both non-fiction as well as fiction. Making Your Own Will (Vision Books, 1992) was followed by The Judiciary on Trial (Cosmos, 1995), How to choose Your Lawyer (Vision Books, 1998), The Divorce Handbook (Vision Books, 1999), The Third Sex and Human Rights (Gyan Publishing House, 1999), Inside Gayland (Kalpaz Publications, 2001) and The Laws of E-Business in India (Vision Books, 2001).

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Sunita - Filmable plays Jan, 01, 1970

Both plays are on very interesting themes. They are full of surprises, unpredictable and make you laugh, even thought the subjects are serious. I think they could be easily be adapted to films as well.

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Title Two Plays: A Most Unsuitable Girl: A Play on Dowry Deaths and Conquest at Noon: A Historical Fantasy
Author Rajesh Talwar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178351102
length 288p., 23cm.