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Surendra Kumar (Author)
Synopsis In Kokila’s story are interwoven living myths, beliefs, customs, traditions and superstitions of rural Northern India… there is joi de vivre side by side the eerie silence of death. There is ecstasy, cut short by a sudden avalanche of tragedies. There is simplicity traumatized by barbaric cruelty and swift execution of justice on the basis of the dictum: might is right! Kokila’s story presents the grim reality of rural India of early 40s and 50s in its repulsive ugliness, with numerous characters portraying a numerous characters portraying a host of human emotions and characteristics largely dictated by the circumstances of their lives. Even after having seen extensive exploitation of women in numerous countries over the years, certain shocking stories of rural India have remained etched in may mind for years. To describe them has been a very distressing and cathartic experience. The pain, agony, anguish and utter helplessness of some of the characters have left me emotionally drained……
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About the author

Surendra Kumar

Footloose for the last three decades in different parts of the world, have used Indian films as a potent tool of cultural diplomacy and organized retrospectives in 10 countries, most recently, three of them at the Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago: retrospective on Raj Kapoor, retrospective on Guru Dutt and a retrospective of contemporary Classics of Indian Cinema. In recent years Surendra Kumar has served as a Minister (Press, Information and Culture) at the High Commission of India in London and Ambassador of India in Mozambique and Libya. He also served as the Consul General of India in Chicago from February 2003. Presently, he is serving as the High Commissioner of India to Kenya in Nairobi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Kokila
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8124109656
length 136p., 23cm.