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A Window Lived in a Wall

Vinod Kumar Shukla (Author) Satti Khanna (Translator)
Synopsis Raghuvar Prasad teaches Mathematics at a local college. He lives in a one-room rental eight miles away from his place of work. He travels to work by jitney, cramming into whatever space is left by other passengers, milk cans, winter blankets and vegetable baskets. The mode of transportation is unreliable; jitneys won’t stop for him when they are full. A sadhu atop an elephant befriends him, offering him a ride to the college on his elephant. The Head of the Mathematics Department suggests that Raghuvar Prasad borrow the bicyle which seems to have been abandoned on the college verandah. Raghuvar Prasad attempts these variations and wonders whether he shouldn’t move closer to the college to save money on travel. He has just been married. The day his wife Sonsi arrives in town to begin their domestic life together Raghuvar Prasad happens to come home mounted on an elephant. She imagines elephants are part of Raghuvar Prasad’s usual life style. Vinod Kumar Shukla’s apparently slight novel reaches into the depth of feeling Raghuvar Prasad and Sonsi have for one anther and for the world of lower middle class neighbours among whom they belong. Their possessions are meager: the single room barely accommodates their bed, the water pot, the kitchen utensils and the tin box in which Sonsi keeps her precious things. But there is a magical place beyond the window which sustains Raghuvar Prasad’s and Sonsi’s spirit. This window lived in a wall.
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About the authors

Vinod Kumar Shukla

Vinod Kumar Shukla, Hindi poet and fiction writer was born in 1937. He has over 20 publications to his credit. Shukla is a recipient of several awards including Shikhar Samman in 1995 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1997 for this work. His works have been translated into Marathi, Urdu, Malayalam, English and German.

Satti Khanna

Satti Khann teaches Indian film and literature in the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature at Duke University, USA. He also interprets the lives of contemporary Indian writers to an international audience through a series of translations and documentary films. A Window Lived in a Wall is the second work of Vinod Kumar Shukla's fiction to be translated by Khanna. His translation of Naukar ki Kamiz (The Servant's Shirt) was published by Penguin India in 1999.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Window Lived in a Wall
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sahitya Akademy
Language: English
isbn 8126021721
length viii+231p., 23cm.